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How New Overtime Law Affects Nonprofits

Stuart J. Mitchell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Stuart J. Mitchell

A letter in support of the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime rule, from the perspective of one nonprofit.

Disparity Rides

Doug Levitt | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Doug Levitt

This month marks the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Rides on interstate buses that shocked the conscience of the nation and helped bring about an end to legal segregation. These days, the trials facing many Greyhound riders who fill the 55 seats on any given bus, while different, should also shock the conscience of the nation.

Does Minimum-Wage Fight Invite Minimum Morality?

Byron Williams | Posted 04.23.2016 | Business
Byron Williams

I happen to believe government budgets are a moral issue because they reflect priorities. My moral barometer for measuring societies includes how it treats its young, elderly and those on its margin -- economically and socially.

If We're Serious About Tackling Poverty, Let's Talk About Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

The rising cost of housing in U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York is a well-known problem. Flying under the radar: an affordable housing crisis is growing in every state in the union.

Sick of Grit? Put the GRR Back in it!

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.04.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

I hope we'll soon move beyond the test-my-grit debates, beyond the focus on grit in schools, period. Sometimes it all sounds rather circular and un...

When Surviving Isn't Enough

Adaam James Levin - Areddy | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Adaam James Levin - Areddy

There should be more to being human than just being alive. There's a certain line beyond which humanity begins to diminish, and on which too many people titter every day.

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

Prompt Action Needed to Test Work Incentives for Disability Insurance

Kathleen Romig | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Romig

Last year's budget deal renews the Social Security Administration's (SSA) authority to conduct demonstration projects to encourage work among Disabili...

A Tragedy in the Making

Andy Subica | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Andy Subica

The Flint lead crisis serves as a tragic reminder that people living in poverty remain the most vulnerable, disempowered, and unhealthy members of our society. It also reminds us that even temporary public policies that neglect to consider their health and safety can have profound and lifelong negative consequences.

Public Health Nursing and the Myths of Poverty

Amanda Redhead | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Amanda Redhead

As a public health nurse I receive referrals for a myriad of reasons. I work with families at what is likely one of the lowest times of their life. Th...

The Unseen Mobility of the Working Poor

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Mauricio Lim Miller

I recently had the opportunity to hear jazz bassist Victor Wooten play at a club in my hometown, Oakland, California. His performance had the entire a...

Helping Doesn't Always Help

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

If we want the world to be a better, more inclusive place, we need to get to know each other better. What we will discover is that those at the bottom of our economic ladder are amazingly resourceful and contribute tremendously to society.

Breaking News: Money Helps the Poor!

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Poverty is a fluid condition which millions of Americans experience from year to year. Many fall into it, many climb out of it; some persist in it. The idea that there's nothing we can do to put a real dent in poverty is as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Housing for My Mother: A Young Woman's Quest to Help Shelter

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 10.13.2015 | New York
Kathleen Kiley

For Chavisa Woods, a New York City-based novelist, known for her distinct voice in capturing life in rural America, campaigning to get an affordable camper for her homeless mother before the onset of winter resembles a passage from one of her novels.

We Need More Than Six Days to Discuss Poverty

Byron Williams | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Byron Williams

Poverty has managed to be defined in the public discourse by laziness and apathy. Those who are impoverished have no one to blame except themselves, so the narrative goes.

After Pruitt Igoe

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Reinier de Graaf

More than a year has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The event sparked violent protests and almost immediately after, racial tensions surfaced throughout the U.S.

Equal Pay for Women Can Cut Poverty in Half, Boost Wages Significantly, AND Grow the Economy. Can Any Other Policy Lever Do That?

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Heidi Hartmann

But ensuring that women receive equal pay is not as easy as just paying women more for their work (though that would be a good start!). Businesses and policymakers both have a role to play to achieve the benefits of equal pay well before 2059.

The Poverty Line -- A False Target

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Mauricio Lim Miller

Growing up in poor neighborhoods and then running social service programs for 20 years, I heard countless stories about millions of people living in poverty. The percent of those in poverty never seems to change much, hovering around 15 percent, or more, of our population.

What Donald Trump Doesn't Understand About Welfare

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Hanley

What Donald Trump doesn't understand is this: Historically speaking, government antipoverty programs haven't weakened the work incentive. On the contrary, welfare has provided the temporary lifeblood that Sarah, her daughter, and thousands of law-abiding citizens like them depend on, not for convenience, but for survival.

Rapid Rehousing Is Not the Only Option for Families

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Before any data existed to prove the point, rapid rehousing was touted as a low-cost, common sense, humane approach to ending family homelessness.

DC Non-Profit Combats Systemic Racism

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Given that the vast majority of Bread for the City's clients are African American (or other people of color) in a city that's nearly fully half Caucasian, this assumption not only ignores broader patterns of racism -- it becomes part of the pattern itself.

Raising Minimum Wage Combats Poverty and Benefits Our Economy

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Hilda L. Solis

This is a hard issue and an important decision. But in the end, we have to acknowledge that something must be done to combat the rising inequality that is weakening our society. Ensuring that anyone who works full time can support their family is a solid step in that direction.

Finding Freebies and Silver Linings

Clark Howard | Posted 08.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Clark Howard

I am in the business of giving personal finance advice. But all the advice, all the guidance--none of it will work if you just give up on life. You've...

This Comic Strip Nails Why Poor Americans Aren't Just 'Asking For Handouts'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact

America's poor don't have it easy. They're subjected to a range of false stereotypes: They're accused of being lazy and of abusing drugs, among ot...