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Helping the Poor

Why One Woman Gave $100 Bills to Strangers

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.17.2014 | Good News
Jan DeBlieu

Jill Ginsberg didn't know any of the people to whom she handed this money. It simply seemed to her that they needed it -- and that she needed to give it away.

It Really Is THIS Easy to Help the Homeless But Why Do None of Us Do It?

Unwritten | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Unwritten

The Philippines -- a place I used to call home. There was no place like it. But that was fourteen years ago. Fourteen years ago, my parents worked hard to pave our way to go abroad. Our new destination: Canada.

Chris Christie's Professed Priorities

Duncan Hosie | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

In Christie's world, taxpayers cannot afford $7.5 million for women's reproductive health care. But these same taxpayers are on the hook for the $7 million bill of his Bridgegate defense lawyers, who charge $350 an hour.

The Beauty Within: Helping the Poor Often Means Looking Past an Ugly Exterior

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

I've seen the blight and hopelessness. But I've also met people there who are working with the poor -- and in the process creating miracles. This makes me wonder what qualities they have that the rest of us lack.

Why We Need To Reassess Our Notion Of Charity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

It is one of the seven virtues of Christianity. It used to have a central place in Roman ethics and Judaism as well. Today, we remain deeply impressed...

Which Is It, Crude Oil Price, Features Oil Price, or Spot Price of Oil?

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

Why is it that after a long period of unprecedented monetary policy initiative of $85 billion monthly expenditures to buy back government securities -- granted that it is being trimmed down -- we have not witnessed a significant economic growth and still arguing about the direction of job creation?

A Birdbrained Approach to Income Inequities

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Admittedly, pecking order is a rule of nature, even though our American forefathers promoted the concept that "all men are created equal." That is not so today in our country where the biggest bird not only has the advantage of eating the most seed, but shrieking if the little birds attempt to eat at all.

Baptism, Righteousness and the War on Poverty: A 2014 Epiphany (Matthew 3:13-17)

Roger Nam | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Roger Nam

Matthew 3:13-17 calls us to live out righteousness in a much more integrative way than arbitrary handouts or following the tweets of OXFAM. We are to prepare and eat every meal in righteousness.

Honoring the Poor?

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

I think about this scripture as we begin to celebrate the forthcoming holidays. How have we shifted the way we show honor? Is it true in spirit, bestowed to those who are deserving or have we become misaligned with the hopes of attaining a false sense of belonging?

When Winning or Losing Isn't Enough

Robert Hoch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert Hoch

What does a theologian have to say about the current impasse in Washington D.C.? Maybe I would say, "There's a kingdom that breaks bread and there's a kingdom that withholds bread -- our government seems to be the latter."

Where's the Beef? Obama's Valentine to Early Education

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As James Heckman says, kids pick up the "soft skills" in preschool that allow them to work with others. "Valuable skills like how to resolve conflicts, how to share, how to negotiate, and how to talk things out."

Another City Considers Criminalizing Homelessness

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

So once again, both in Miami and throughout the country, there are efforts to pass local ordinances that would make the innocent everyday actions of individuals experiencing homelessness criminal.

It's Time to Ask the World's Poor What They Really Want

Ben Leo | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Ben Leo

Groups like ONE are pushing for a What the World Wants Poll, a standardized set of questions that would be answered in both developing and developed countries. The resulting data would give a serious boost of credibility and relevance to the post-2015 framework discussions.

Thou Shalt Not Live By Street Food Alone

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Just like Jesus, you and I know what it's like to be tempted. We know what it's like to have a hunger for something we want, something that others might say we need, but that we know will serve only to distract or derail us.

I NEED ADVICE: 'My Husband And I Can No Longer Support His Mother'

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.07.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: What resources can you recommend for locating government assistance programs for seniors? My husband and I have been helping support his mother for the past three years and we can't afford to do it any longer.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senator Says Few Americans 'Really Need Help'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate GOP's leading budget mavens unveiled Wednesday the party's plan for cutting aid to the poor by $440 billion, saying th...

Culture of Poverty in America

Linetta J. Gilbert | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact
Linetta J. Gilbert

The culture of poverty, i.e., the environment, institutions, individual behaviors, policies and practices of poverty in the U.S., have affected those who experience poverty as well as those who are observers to its conditions.

Bread, Not Chocolate: An Ash Wednesday Meditation

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

Should we persist in fasting, God through Isaiah and those writing in Isaiah's name, describe the fast that pleases God. And there is no mention of chocolate.

Would Martin Luther Vote For Barack Obama?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.30.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If Luther was living today and had the opportunity to vote, I believe wholeheartedly that the political views of President Barack Obama would resonate with his vision of universal needs for all.

Measuring Your Money's Impact

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Economic development and scholarly research alike deserves scrutiny. Let's not target our dollars at only what we can document, instead of what we can dream.

It's a Really Bad Time to Be Middle Class in America

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama is being forced to rip open the social fabric of this country to reduce the Bush generated debts.

Save a Child in Less Than Two Minutes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

2010-11-03-jgh.jpgWhen you watch this video -- and pass it on -- Roche Diabetes Care will make a donation for life-saving insulin to get to children in need.

10 Things Poor People Like

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Hani Almadhoun

Congratulations, a lousy economy and a "Third World America", we are all poor now. To help welcome you to poverty (uncharted territory for many of us)...

Not All Poor People Need Our Help

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvette Carnell

The point which both political parties miss is that poor people are not a homogeneous group. They don't all require coddling, nor do they all deserve a kick in the backside. People are poor for different reasons.

A Basket Of Summer Fruit: What God Thinks Of Societies That Fail The Poor

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

This is the heart of God's will for all of us, from our leaders on down: We are to be at work to bring justice to those who are powerless, and to meet the needs of the poor.