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The Economic Impact of Latino Workers: A By-the-Numbers Breakdown for Tax Day

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.15.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

In order to support investments in education, infrastructure, health care, and many other areas that millions of Americans rely on, everybody must contribute financially through the tax system. Luckily for this country, Latinos are a tremendous asset thanks to their commitment to paying their fair share of taxes.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

5 Ways To Leave That Job You Hate

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

This is a true story. I realize some of this advice is not for everyone. I am a risk taker and I have a low tolerance for boredom. But I will tell you this, if you set your sights on a goal and believe in the possibilities, you can do anything you dream.

Coming to Los Angeles: Labyrinth

Steven Denlinger | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Denlinger

The novella 'Coming to Los Angeles' continues as a serial this week. Chapter 1: Labyrinth IN THE FALL OF 1998, I was teaching in the North Canton C...

Half as Much Is Sometimes Twice as Good

Satinder Dhillon | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Satinder Dhillon

Being taught respect, honor and working hard in the fields at a young age, were perhaps some of the best times of our lives, because we learned what integrity, and keeping your word meant.

An Interview With Designer Alyson Eastman

Eddie Parsons | Posted 05.24.2015 | Style
Eddie Parsons

I met Aly several years ago when she first arrived in New York City working in a luxury women's shop doing retail sales. She balances her charming girl-next-door roots with a modern, if not calculated sex appeal... something that is reflected directly in her collections.

India and the American Dream

Ida Jo | Posted 05.24.2015 | Travel
Ida Jo

I was surprised by the question, "Do you live with your family?" I tried to explain that the answer was no. In India, families live together. Here we are focused on independence and the desire to make it on our own. There, the focus is to make it.

To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Channeling the revolutionary essence of the Harlem Renaisance, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is a gripping, soul-driven melodrama that masterfully depicts the story of a courageous young man fighting through the painful process of liberating himself.

It Is Far Too Early to Lose Hope in the American Dream

Sen. Marco Rubio | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Sen. Marco Rubio

I recently came across several profiles in The Huffington Post's series "All Work, No Pay: The False Promise of the American Economy." I strongly disagree that the promise of America is false, but the moving profiles of Americans struggling to make it in today's economy do tell an important story. I am writing to explain how I believe conservative reforms will create opportunity for all.

Jeb Bush Has At Least One Thing Right on Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

In a speech to the conservative Club for Growth this week, presidential hopeful and former Republican governor of Florida Jeb Bush espoused an idea about battling poverty that is, at its core, right.

Hammocks and Ladders: The Poverty of Republican Thinking on the Poor

David Coates | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Coates

In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.

Turns Out Americans Don't Want Tiny Homes After All

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business

Our Recession-era penchant to hate on McMansions and idealize downsizing is over. If it ever even really existed.

Land of Equal Opportunity? The Power of a Costly Myth

Jon Wisman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The myth of fluid upward mobility blinds us to how stacked our system has become against the aspirations of the less well-off, thereby enabling an elite to capture every larger shares of income, wealth, privilege, and control over government while those below receive relatively smaller shares, face fewer opportunities, and command increasingly less control.

America's National Housing Policy in 2015: Destination Unknown

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Garrick T. Davis

America's national housing policy seems, in a word, adrift: rudderless, following the whims of the prevailing political winds of the day, the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, wherever they might take us.

Are You Living Your Dream or Someone Else's?

Tajci Cameron | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

Do you dream of doing something great in your life, something that will leave a mark after you are gone? Do you wish to ​live the life you are ​m...

A Quiet Revolution in Education Is Underway Across America

Shruti Sehra | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Shruti Sehra

It's easy to get caught up in the headlines that paint the education world as a black and white battle field; 'for this,' 'against that,' a slew of divisive buzz words detracting from the work we can do best together. We're here to put an end to that paradigm.

Why We Love "Better Call Saul"

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Media
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

America has always loved the underdog. After all, the founding of our country was based on a David-and-Goliath struggle against a seemingly indomitable monarchy. The promise of America is that anyone can be successful if they are innovative and work hard.

Setting the Record Straight on 97 Percent LTV Mortgages -- They Work

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Mortgage guarantor giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both recently announced their intent to once again begin purchasing mortgage loans at 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) in the case of first-time homebuyers.

Obama's SOTU? It's His Post-White House Agenda

Ben Mangan | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Ben Mangan

This particular SOTU kicked off what I imagine will be a life-long campaign to shape the country according to his values, and he's decided to start building momentum now, for a life-long campaign for change once he leaves the White House.

Wealth: Legitimate and Illegitimate

Edward Corcoran | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Excessive wealth accumulation is the result of permissive conditions that allow and even promote it. Lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are major avenues of influence. But these ultimately depend on public acceptance of rationales which facilitate wealth accumulation.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

A King's Dreams

Nelson Davis | Posted 03.21.2015 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Since I launched my TV production business in 1988, I've celebrated the life of Dr. King by being open for business on his federal holiday because I believe that he and his fellow activists put themselves in harm's way so that I could live a life rich in opportunities.

It's Past Time We Invested in Young Workers

Liz Shuler | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Liz Shuler

Free, high-quality public higher education. Expanded apprenticeship programs. Jobs that pay living wages. Workplaces that are free of discrimination. Strong union rights. Don't those sound great?

Where We're Going

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.