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A New Deal for Christmas

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As the GOP abruptly ends unemployment benefits, Republicans intend to slash food aid as well. They want to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp program that many jobless families depend on for meals. This will occur as struggling food pantries report bare shelves.

America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom

Les Leopold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Les Leopold

All in all, you could not have designed a more perfect program to enrich the rich and do absolutely nothing for the 99 percent -- and as a result, sink ever more children into poverty.

Survived the Battle but Far From Winning the War

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dedrick Muhammad

While our government may be open again, the doors to the robust economic recovery our country seeks remain welded shut.

Congress Must Rescue Food Stamp Program

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Where will hungry Americans go for help? They will look to food banks, but these are already overstretched and cannot make up the difference. The economy is suffering and hunger will escalate in America if Congress dismantles food safety nets.

A Bad Week for America's Invisible Men and Women, and for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Lester & Charlie | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

Recently, Congress decided that cutting $40 billion from the food stamps program would be a good idea. After all, that budget works out to a whole couple of bucks a day for a portion of the 40+ million Americans living below the poverty line.

What About the Kids?

Martin Kleinman | Posted 11.20.2013 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Across the country, the ramifications of a deep cut to food stamps or the unwinding of the ACA would be disastrous, not to mention immoral.

Paying Is the Problem

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Speaker Boehner had eight years to cut spending and pronounce "spending is the problem." But he spent instead of paying for government, adding $5 trillion to the debt.

Playing Games With Our Kids: Moms vs. Congress

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Moms care for our kids every day. Don't we have the right to expect our representatives in Congress to care for our nation, and take up the challenge of doing the hard work of substituting automatic budget cuts for a fair and balanced budget?

Put Meals Before Political Deals

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.17.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

It is hard to fathom that SNAP could be taken away from millions of families once you hear their stories. I was recently in California and spoke with numerous parents who told me how important SNAP is for their families.

The Republican Insanity of Helping Farmers But Starving Poor People

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

How on earth do you stand up for agriculture while simultaneously denying the neediest people the means to obtain the fruits of that agriculture?