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Facts Don't Support TANF's "Work-First" Approach

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

In today's increasingly skill-focused economy, work-first approaches that limit TANF recipients' opportunities to increase their skills through education and training hurt their chances of finding jobs and lifting themselves out of poverty.

The Return of the Debtors' Prison

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Anthony D. Romero

State and local governments should be helping their poorest residents improve their lives, rather than perpetuating a vicious and unfair cycle that criminalizes poverty and exacerbates inequality.

Pope's Madison Square Garden Address Challenges New Yorkers To See Jesus 'At The Edges'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis celebrated Mass before a massive audience of 19,000 at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday and delivered an emotional appeal to re...

The Pope Said 10 Times More To Congress About Poverty Than Abortion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion

Before a Congress once again fighting over abortion, Pope Francis emphasized his priorities on Thursday. He had roughly 10 times more to say about th...

Pope Francis: A Spokesman for Our Planet

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

When Francis speaks to Congress and the United Nations this week, as he did in Havana recently, this call for all of us to be responsible will no doubt be a part of his message to this country. And the timing is perfect.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

Children Living With Relatives Lose Out on Benefits as Young Adults

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Children living with relatives often receive the short end of the stick -- regularly lacking health benefits, access to programs and college grants received by other foster youth -- but, seemingly, no one knows or cares to discuss the topic. Often, the media discusses foster care, yet does not go into the deeper complexities of the confusing child welfare system.

What It Feels Like To Be Part Of The First U.S. Generation Worse Off Than Their Parents

Culture-ist | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact

I kiss my dog, who nudges me back into a normal position. I stare at him on the floor and think I'd be fine living in a shack as long as my family was with me. There are people who have it far worse off than I, and I can't allow myself to continue complaining.

He May be Argentine, but the Pope's no Che Guevara

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Pope Francis prays for systems that provide financial services and facilitate commercial transactions that will equitably advance human well-being, promote the common good and make the protection of our common home, the earth, a top priority.

Sanding Down the Rough Edges of Capitalism Is Not Enough

David Morris | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
David Morris

I recommend we stop using the term "contributions" to describe the campaign spending of oligarchs and start using the term they themselves often use: "investments". The very rich invest to change the rules in their favor.

Activists Create Sleep Safe Haven For London Homeless

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Van Winkle's

In just one of many examples of why the world is a cold, ugly place, "anti-homeless spikes" have materialized in London.

Embarrassed About Your Finances? 3 Reasons to Let Go!

Zoë Foster | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Zoë Foster

Have you ever had that sudden panic at the supermarket checkout that you've forgotten your purse? Or worse, you realise once you've started bagging up your items that you don't have quite enough cash to pay the bill?

The Topic of Money

Hope Kumor | Posted 07.22.2015 | College
Hope Kumor

Money has always been an awkward topic I choose not to talk about. The reason could be because I never really had money. I grew up in a middle class family and money was tight at times.

In Support of the Pope's Statement on Climate Change

Jennifer Wiseman | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Wiseman

The Pope's Encyclical reflects a growing and important relationship between religious leaders and the scientific community, one that DoSER has actively supported for 20 years by facilitating conversations between scientists and religious communities.

This Land Is Your Land -- Can a Democracy Be All It Can Be Without the Possibility of Property Ownership for All?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Jefferson believed that the common good and the individual good are interlaced. If so, then society itself suffers right along with the individuals that comprise it when they are left out. In America today, home ownership is increasingly out of reach of ordinary Americans.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

23 Reasons Why You Will Always Feel Poor

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business

Many Americans are clearly not experts at managing their own finances and end up broke month after month. The cycle of overspending leaves them poor, even if their income means they are considered well above the poverty line.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

Leaving the Faith Because of the Faithful

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

As his disciples, we are commanded to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and tend to the sick. When churches model that kind of faith in action, maybe more people will once again want to be a part of it.

Kneeling at the Feet of the Poor: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The Pope's crucial work of engaging with liberation theology is changing the landscape of the church. It is putting the work of the church in the line with Jesus' own ministry which was for the poor, the marginalized and the disenfranchised.

Conservative Britain: The Real Hunt Begins...

David Trumble | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
David Trumble


What Happens When Moms Stand Up for Justice

Gary Haugen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

A mother is many things to many people. Mom is a soft place to land when the trials of life overwhelm us, a fount of wisdom, a hard-working role model, a home-cooked meal. Growing up, my mom was certainly all of these things for me.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

The Rush To Humiliate The Poor

The Washington Post | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it ...