Millions of Americans have been hit hard by the economic downturn and are working hard to escape the trap of poverty. Mischaracterizing social welfare programs makes it hard to adequately understand and address these problems.
When you take a Greyhound Bus it is difficult to close your eyes to the face of poverty in America.
At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.
Can we rethink food stamps? Instead of nickel-and-diming the program with endless arguments about what should or shouldn't be paid for, and what is or isn't junk food, let's scrap it altogether and build it fresh.
This week Congress begins hearings on the 2012 farm bill, the massive piece of legislation that gets updated about every five years and undergirds America's entire food supply.
Arianna appeared on CNN's "Your Bottom Line," to discuss the growth of "safety net" benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. "It's a sign of what a t...
Last year more Americans relied on food stamps to eat than at any time since the program began in 1939 -- 46 million. Yet once again some voices are starting to wonder whether we really need robust anti-hunger programs in America.
Nobody wants to be on food stamps, but when my family lost everything, we were grateful for it.
We're glad the governor is expressing support for a safety net and for fixing it if it needs repair. Yet his own budget proposals would tear gaping holes in the safety net and damage it severely.
Regressive Republicans pretend they're about opportunity. In reality they're back at what they've been doing for years -- promoting Social Darwinism.
I'd be more inclined to overlook the comment, ridiculous as it was, if Romney wasn't in fact campaigning on what could be described as a fairly anti-safety net platform. History is on my side here.
You'd think Romney would be more careful in his approach towards serious subject matters, but somehow the self-proclaimed rich guy still manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Volunteers in Southern Nevada willingly lived for a week on a budget of $4.06 a day for food -- the average daily benefit for a single person on food stamps.
Leaders of both parties agree that the dignity of work is better than living on the dole, but the GOP tactic of pitting employment against the safety net is a false choice that promotes a cruel agenda.
Many of you may know the Tumblr blog, "Yo, Is This Racist?" For those of you who aren't Tumblr-savvy, the creator of this blog fields questions from average people who ask if certain aspects of their lives are racist or not.
Those economic challenges, the ones faced by the vast majority of people in the U.S. of all races -- people who want to get ahead and be in America's Rising Class but can't get their hands on the tools for rising -- are what we should be discussing in 2012.