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Economic Mobility

We Can't Wait (to Invest in Working Families)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Calling for shame and charity in order to get our country to pay attention to poverty or the lack of mobility is old, and wrong. For 50 years, the stories from the war on poverty have almost singularly tried to shame us into addressing these issues, but, ultimately, they harm the cause.

A Broken American System and the Death of the American Dream

David Oualaalou | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

For all the frantic, often chaotic political engagement swirling about us these days involving taxes, gun rights, religious liberty and foreign policy, Americans may well be overlooking an even bigger problem: Have we unconsciously consigned the American Dream to the proverbial dustbin?

Young Adults Taking on How to Increase Opportunity in America

Paul Kendrick | Posted 04.13.2015 | 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.

Let's Make 2015 About Investing In Local Initiative

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Just as "angel investors" look for talented graduates from Stanford, and parents with wealth look to invest in the talents of their kids, those of us wanting to be helpful can also seek out families and groups of families that are helping themselves and one another.

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?

Lessons Learned From the Mistakes and Solutions of Ordinary People

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

With this community of friends surrounding them it was clear they would not lose the house. From that point on, I promised myself that I would try to avoid underestimating people's ability to solve their own problems.

My Mother's Influence: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

In a three-part series I posted a few weeks ago, I shared the story of Myong, a refugee mother whom I tried to help when I ran a social service agency in the '80s.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives (3 of 3)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

This is the last in a series of three posts sharing the story of Myong, a refugee from Vietnam who was receiving counseling from Asian Neighborhood Design, the social service agency I ran in 1983.

A Resident-Led Approach to Realizing American Opportunity

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

These ten groups didn't wait for policy-makers, service agencies, or philanthropy to create an institution or program to help them. Instead, they rallied together to pool their own resources, talent, and ideas to address issues that were most important to the families in their communities.

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Growth Without Opportunity?

Sabina Dewan | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

The first step to ensuring that the benefits of AGOA reach more African people is greater transparency and honesty about what AGOA has achieved and what it hasn't. Given the evidence to the contrary, it is deceitful to use GDP as a proxy for broad-based economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

For Economic Prosperity, Advance an Equity-Driven Working Families Agenda

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Supports at work and at home aren't just good for working parents. Helping them to succeed at work and at home is better for companies' bottom lines and for the nation's economic competitiveness. That's the theme of Monday's White House Summit for Working Families.

Poll: The American Dream Is Dying

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

More than half of Americans think the so-called American Dream is dying. According to a new poll conducted by ORC International for CNNMoney, 59 p...

We Have to Drive Tech Innovation to Drive Social Mobility

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Technology innovation can help drive social mobility. But that doesn't happen in a vacuum. Real choices about resources, regulations, access -- and even what we define as innovative -- help or hinder.

Hillary Clinton Touts Need For Economic Upward Mobility

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton pointed to the 1990s as a time of broad-based prosperity under her husband, former President Bill Clinton, ...

Early One Night in Harlem

Cody Lyon | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

On the last Sunday in February at around 8 p.m., Jon Jensen, who teaches English at Kingborough College in Brooklyn, was walking north on Frederick Douglas Boulevard near 135th Street in Harlem.

State of the Union: An Agenda for Action on Poverty

John Bouman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
John Bouman

The President's message and his ideas are a strong agenda for remedying poverty. And, as he stressed, If we remedy poverty, we build and sustain the middle class. If we do not build and sustain the middle class, then poverty deepens and widens.

Mr. President: To Reduce Inequality, Good Job Creation Is a Must

Sabina Dewan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Obama's goal is the right one. Inequality endangers democratic institutions, limits economic mobility, and -- as recent research has shown -- can be damaging to economic growth.

Where The American Dream Is Dead And Buried

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

If you dream of one day pulling yourself up by your bootstraps to become the next Bill Gates, there are some places in America where it's somewhat eas...

The Great Debate: Is College Still Worth It?

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 03.11.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Do a simple Google News search on "higher education" and chances are you'll get a lot of hits -- stories about how much debt students are accumulating, whether college graduates are faring any better in tough economic times than anyone else, whether a college education really translates into a better future.

The War on Poverty and a New Vision for the Future

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

That's because I know -- from my own personal experience, and from the work we've been doing at the Family Independence Initiative -- that this country already has what it needs to reduce poverty. We just have to open our eyes to it.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

Guideposts on the Road Back to Factville, 2013 Edition

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We at CBPP make a lot of revealing graphs. But I've chosen the ones that I think shine the brightest light on the path back to smart fiscal and economic policy.

Saving Grace: Renewing the Promise of the American Dream

Frank Islam | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

It is not just income inequality that matters. It is also influence inequality and opportunity inequality. When the card deck gets stacked, the social contract is frayed and our democracy suffers.

U.S. Economic Mobility Hampered By Growing Wealth Gap

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. cities are increasingly divided between the rich and the poor, hampering residents'...

Education: All in the Family

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

We propose a Welfare to Homework program. In this program, parents would be trained and paid not to leave home to go to work but to stay home and become part of the educational team. These parents might even been paid a bonus for their children's attendance and performance at school.