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Middle Class, a Market Force or a Political Rhetoric

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home
Paul Mashegoane

Retailing stores are skyrocketing in sales, cars and houses are sold using credit like never before. On the other hand, politicians are hard at work t...

In Defense Of Rural America

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Elaine Ambrose

People from small towns are the new scapegoat for all that is wrong with the country. A recent online article titled The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentali...

American Is In Trouble

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

America is in trouble...in more ways than one. I'm going to point out a few problems I have seen and experienced recently, and I hope readers will sh...

Emerging From The Great Recession

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.15.2016 | Home
Chris Weigant

There was some rather important economic news yesterday, which could be summed up as "things are getting better."

The Pope, The Patriarch And The Christian World Pray For Climate Justice Today - G20 Leaders Should Take Note

Tomás Insua | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Tomás Insua

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, in a prayer service on the Greek island of L...

Our Curative Breath

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2016 | Home
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can wake ourselves up by increasing our oxygen level by breathing deeply. Or conversely, we can put ourselves to sleep with a kind of meditation of shallow breathing, and repeating silently the words to the rhythmic "in" and "out" like a mantra.

What We Can Learn From Luck

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home
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Jane Simon, M.D.

Conclusion: Considering the subject of luck can help us appreciate the moment and increase our compassion toward people who are less fortunate.

Why We're Hardwired to Believe in the American Dream

Helen Zhao | Posted 06.07.2016 | Home
Helen Zhao

Despite the deteriorating health of the American dream, many still feel just as strongly about it. In a Pew Research Center survey, 64 percent of re...

My Own Personal Homeless Jesus

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.31.2016 | Home
Lester & Charlie

Last month, a study came out from Stanford University with a conclusion that shocked its own researchers: Low-income people live longer and healthier ...

Bulgarian Beginnings: A Stroll in the Park

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

Hello Bulgaria. I have an affinity for Bulgaria -- so overlooked and underappreciated...and so charming in a Slavic way. In my student days I spent lo...

Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned - Right?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Gwen E. Samuel

Black, Brown and poor communities across the United States deserve your commitment to "ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans," this includes ensuring equity in education because the constitution does not end at the school house door and you do know Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned, right!

Here's What Poverty Looks Like

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I did not do anything to contribute to my poverty, it was mere circumstance. I was born into it, like you were into your family. But it is a hidden, unspoken barrier that separates you and me.

Pope Francis: Rich People Who Exploit The Poor Are 'Bloodsuckers'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.20.2016 | Home

Pope Francis isn't mincing words in his latest denouncement of those who exploit the poor. The pontiff was in his element during a passionate sermon ...

Getting Your Hands Dirty

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home
Mette Ivie Harrison

I confess this truth: I struggle sometimes to enact my Christianity with my hands. I prefer to sit at my comfortable couch, in my air-conditioned or heated house, with food close at hand if I ever get hungry, clean and well-dressed, my muscles not taxed.

Understanding Poverty From the Inside: Introduction

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

Poverty is more than just not having money, food, and shelter. It is more than a list of lacks. It is about carrying burdens and navigating systems that should be helping but not always are. It is the way the world looks at you, and the way you look at the world.

Let's Tell the Truth About Voter ID Laws

Jane Devin | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home
Jane Devin

Voter ID laws are not meant to save the nation from the imagined blight of voter fraud. They are meant to benefit the coffers of law enforcement, who can go after poor voters for unpaid fines, and they are a boon to collection agencies, who can attempt to collect on old debts with added interest.

Understanding the Trump and Sanders Economies

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.30.2016 | Home
Peter Van Buren

The myth of the American Dream is the dominating factor in keeping people complacent in the United States. You know it -- work hard, and your life will improve. Well, maybe not your life, but your kids', or at least your grandkids'. If that doesn't work, it is the fault of immigrants, or the darn Chinese, or those welfare freeloaders.

No More Words: Taking Real Action Against Zika

Melissa S. Grant | Posted 03.07.2016 | Home
Melissa S. Grant

I think what DKT is doing right now is to put into action a practical and realistic response to Zika while others are arguing about ideology. It seems that the Pope might welcome DKT's assistance, as this is quickly becoming a worldwide fight against the virus.

What Happens Once Black History Month Is Over?

Brandon Patterson | Posted 03.05.2016 | Home
Brandon Patterson

Now that our school PA systems' are no longer spewing out stale black facts during morning announcements and history teachers are done glossing over the minuscule civil rights unit of their obsolete textbooks, it is time to finally ask ourselves this lingering question: what happens once black history month is over?

Too Busy Being Poor (To Be Creative)

The Establishment | Posted 02.27.2017 | Home
The Establishment

"[A] woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." - Virginia Woolf "Find what you love and let it kill you." - Charles Bu...

Being Born Wealthy Makes Your Bachelors Degree Worth More

Benjamin Powers | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home
Benjamin Powers

What if your socioeconomic status growing up impacted how much you would earn, even with the same level of education as others? It turns out that's exactly what happens.

Observations From Below: Could You Just

Bryan Dooley | Posted 02.05.2017 | Home
Bryan Dooley

People with disabilities are often seen as being lazy and dependent on the government. Like most stereotypes, this is an inaccurate belief and takes the pressure off society to deal with people's issues with employment, fair wages and abilities.

Will Reed Hastings' $100m Education Fund Help Poor People Get a Better Education?

James Baxley | Posted 01.22.2017 | Home
James Baxley

I do not think throwing money at a problem will make it go away. And this is especially true with education. Firstly, I think our education system is ...

President Obama, You Are Correct -- Two-Generation Strategies Alleviate Poverty

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 01.15.2017 | Home
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Poverty is insidious and debilitating. As a nation we cannot continue to absorb the consequences associated with persistent generational poverty.

Sanders' Economic Plan Best for the 99 Percent

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Roger Hickey

Here's the bottom line: The middle class is in crisis, and Secretary Clinton's proposals merely tinker at the margins of that crisis. They would not shift the fundamental direction of an economy that is growing more unequal every day.