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Economic Inequality

Land of Equal Opportunity? The Power of a Costly Myth

Jon Wisman | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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.

Failure to Work With Minority Owned Businesses a Challenge in the Private and Public Sector

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.23.2015 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

What has not been adequately addressed is the inequality in business development and how procurement policies with a diversity emphasis can be an important means of strengthening wealth and entrepreneurship development for minority communities.

The Politics of Responsibility, Not Envy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

According to former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers -- who is emerging as a key economic advisor to Hillary Clinton -- the big political challenge in addressing economic inequality is not to embrace "a politics of envy." No, Mr. Summers, it's not the politics of envy. It's the politics of responsibility.

Young Adults Taking on How to Increase Opportunity in America

Paul Kendrick | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Paul Kendrick

America has a crisis right now around opportunity for young people. The American Dream -- that belief that through hard work and perseverance you can build a better life -- is in peril for a generation.

An "Informed Consumer" of Students' Test Scores

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The care we give to buying a vacuum cleaner is absent when we consider the test scores released to the news media by the states and local school districts. And, from those test scores the news media, politicians, and the general public reach simplistic conclusions about the effectiveness of public education.

Why America Needs to Pay Attention to Chris Christie's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Yael Bromberg | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's week started with a bad case of foot-in-mouth during his three-day trip to England, and went downhill from there, reaching new lows for ethics and good, open government -- even for New Jersey.

No Shelter: Counting the Homeless in Seattle

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

I was walking down a street in one of Seattle's toniest neighborhoods with my 25-year-old daughter and another young woman. We were part of Seattle/King County's One Night Count of the homeless, a massive effort to document the number of "unsheltered" persons on a random winter night.

I'm Privileged and I'm Proud: America's War Against the Advantaged

Neel Swamy | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Neel Swamy

Yes, unpacking the war against privilege in our country is almost as dangerous and convoluted as unpacking privilege itself. For one reason or another, our nation as a whole is wired to socially excommunicate and extradite those who are born into superior circumstances.

Who's in Control?

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Some Davos participants described the atmosphere this year as "gloomy" and "fearful." Those who control the world seemed to feel, and be, out of control and unsure how to deal with growing and frightening global instabilities and the violence that keeps emerging.

Super Rich Planning Escapes Amid Growing Concern Over Inequality: Davos Speaker

The Guardian | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact

With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people’s mind, the world’s super rich are already prep...

Obama's Middle Class Economics Has to Be About Fairness and Prosperity

Richard Kirsch | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Fairness is a very powerful American value. That's why the most successful Democratic candidates in 2014 made it clear that they were on the side of working families against Wall Street.

In SOTU, President Punts on Income Inequality

Michael Winship | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

With a president too often bold in words but timid in action facing a Congress more Republican and obstructionist than ever, little will get done to fix inequality. Even the Tea Partiers who howled in protest over the bailout of the big banks back in 2008 have been taken to the woodshed by the likes of Karl Rove, and are silent as establishment Republicans complete the return of the GOP as Guardians of the One Percent. For now, don't really expect further taxes on the wealthy that could help those at the bottom. (And did you hear much discussion of America's poor people at the State of the Union?) Funny how trickle-down economics, a concept beloved by the GOP and its plutocratic allies, as well as by corporate Democrats, become an abomination when the galoshes are on the other foot and favor the less well off. Suddenly, trickle-down becomes all wet.

Will the Supreme Court Demolish an Iconic Civil Rights Law?

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

We began this week by celebrating the 85th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth, but today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important case that could knock down a crucial racial and economic pillar of justice built during the civil rights movement.

People of Faith Have Reason to Support President's State of the Union Proposals

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Tonight after watching President Obama's State of the Union Address and speaking today with White House officials about the proposals the president is making, I can report without hesitation that the president has put forward a domestic agenda people of faith concerned about families, poverty and education can support.

Davos Man Sitting on a Volcano Fuelled by Inequality

Philip Jennings | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Philip Jennings

The evidence is irrefutable that the jobs crisis will continue to deepen as inequality rises. We are living in a world transformed by the insatiable greed of the 1% and the failure of governments to act on the concerns of people.

J'aime Paris et l'Europe

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Brent Budowsky

As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.

Global Leaders, Over 1,000 Charities Declare 2015 The Year To Focus On Poverty Eradication

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact

For the first time in history, eradicating extreme poverty around the world is on the horizon, according to one campaign for progress -- and 2015 is a...

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

Van Hollen Tax Proposal an Economic and Political Home Run

Richard Kirsch | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Van Hollen puts the focus squarely on the corporate behavior that has driven down wages and crushed middle-class aspirations. His proposal would boost worker income, which drives the economy forward. When Republicans oppose this, the choice will again be clear to Americans: CEO millionaires or working families.

Social Justice Quiz 2015: Inequality

Bill Quigley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

In 1990, 20 percent of all children in the US lived in poverty. What percent of the children in the US live in poverty today?

Campfires of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Hope is not a feeling. It is a decision -- a choice you make based on what we call faith or moral conscience, whatever most deeply motivates you.

A Holiday Wish for Inclusive Financial Institutions

Terri Friedline, PhD | Posted 02.14.2015 | Money
Terri Friedline, PhD

Our mainstream financial institutions are positioned to play a critical role in providing financial inclusion to young Americans and, by extension, expanding their wealth and the wealth of future generations. The question remains: will they collectively rise to the occasion?

Pope Francis Challenges World On Exploitation And Slavery

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to...

What Ferguson Says About America

Dave Pruett | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

One might think that, by turning Martin Luther King, Jr., into a cultural icon and electing a black president, America has bid farewell to its racist past. Recent events in Ferguson, MO, New York, and Phoenix, however, blow holes in that fantasy.

5 Ways to Lessen Inequality as Demand for Labor Decreases Worldwide

Aashish Mehta | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Aashish Mehta

As automation replaces jobs, we may need a guaranteed minimum income for all people, regardless of employment status.