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Young Adults Increasingly See Themselves As Poor

Posted 09.11.2012 | Business

The kids aren’t feeling alright. Nearly 40 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 self-identify as lower class, a 14 percentage point boost since 2008, ...

Kraft CEO Comes Out Against Cuts To U.S. Food Stamp Program

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business

Kraft isn’t going give up its slice of the food stamp pie without a fight. Tony Vernon, the incoming CEO at the world’s third largest food and ...

Why You're Not Actually Poor

LearnVest | Posted 10.30.2012 | Money

I am sick of hearing about the trials and tribulations of the middle class.

How Republicans Are Exploiting the Working Class and Poor to Win

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

From healthcare to fiscal discipline to jobs, Romney and his party are using people's trust, economic angst, and deep love for the Constitution to sell a vision that is pure gloss with nothing behind it.

Poverty in Detroit

Karen Dumas | Posted 10.29.2012 | Detroit
Karen Dumas

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe issue of how to break the cycle of poverty first requires an acknowledgement of how poverty is defined, and whether or not it can be disrupted, eradicated or even mitigated at all.

WATCH: Both Parties Give Invisible Americans the Silent Treatment

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngOfficial Washington continues to see poverty with tunnel vision -- "out of sight, out of mind."

Pitfalls Of Ignoring The Poor

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

Almost a decade ago, then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivered a State of the Commonwealth address in which he struck a now familiar pose. Here wa...

VP Ryan: A Nightmare for the Poor and Minorities

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Paul Ryan's savage cost cutting plan is well-known. He'd cut tens of billions from Medicaid and Medicare, and more than a trillion from everything from food stamps to welfare over the next decade.

Low-Wage Earners Seek Respect and a Living Wage

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Could it be that they see the handwriting on the wall, that they, too, may one day become low-wage earners, as their bargaining rights and benefits are decimated across the country?

Republican Budget Is an Immoral Document

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I certainly don't believe that all our Republican lawmakers came to Washington to hurt poor people, but it's time for some of them to challenge the dominant forces in their party and face the consequences of such indefensible choices.

Dan Wang

New Jersey Land Grab: 'It Was Like Being In A War Zone' | Dan Wang | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Santos Cruz still remembers the first time he heard the demolition crews. "They came without any warning at 6 a.m. outside my home," he said in a rece...

Young, Privileged And Applying For Food Stamps

The Billfold | Karina Briski | Posted 07.20.2012 | Money

One recent Friday morning, I went to work. Not to any glass-blocked high rise, or a sprawl of windowless office buildings, but a corner cafe, four min...

Peter S. Goodman

Beyond Reach: How Limited Public Transportation Keeps Poor People From Working | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- In the two months since he lost his job driving a delivery truck for a door company, Lebron Stinson has absorbed a bitter geogra...

An Open Letter to Mayor Bloomberg From the Hungry People of Brooklyn

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.11.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger is New York City's busiest food pantry, feeding over 10,000 people per month. As fate would have it, adjacent to BSCAH's headquarters on Fulton street there now sits a massive vacant lot.

Gerry Smith

Smartphones Bring Hope, Frustration As Substitute For Computers | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.06.2012 | Technology

When Erick Huerta was growing up in Los Angeles, his family could not afford a computer. His mother sold tamales from a street-side stall, and his fat...

An Interview With Peter Edelman on "Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America"

Karen Dolan | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Karen Dolan

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Georgetown Law professor, Peter Edelman, to discuss his decades of anti-poverty work and his new book, So ...

Media, Poverty and a Lack of Concern

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Media
Jeffrey P. Colin

As far back as 2008, members of the progressive advocacy community who focus on poverty were decrying a lack of coverage of rising poverty levels by the media. Since that point, the problem has gotten much worse.

Preying on the Poor

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

The American Dream -- Then and Now

Kevin Jennings | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Kevin Jennings

Stories like mine are becoming more and more unusual in America in 2012. Sixty five percent of Americans who are born into the lowest income quintile (like I was) spend their entire lives in one of the two lowest income quintiles.

Obama Condones Same-Sex Marriage; When Will He Condemn Poverty?

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Tavis Smiley believes America has the power to completely eradicate poverty amongst its citizens in a little as ten years. He questions how America could allow the dreams of its people to transform into a nightmare.

'Nobody's Going to F-ing Die Because We're Poor!'

Annie McKee | Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact
Annie McKee

Of course, rich and middle-class people suffer from cancer and drug abuse, alcoholism, child and spouse abuse. All of these issues are complicated. So is poverty. I know this from my own personal experience.

Most Of The World's Poor Do Not Have A Bank Account

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 04.19.2012 | Money

More than 2.5 billion people -- or half of all adults around the world -- are "unbanked," meaning they don't have a bank account, according to data re...

The Politics of Jesús: A "Xota" Activist From Salinas, CA

Voto Latino | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Things change when we treat the needs of all people as holy. And as my Grandpa always says, "No mas te falta la entrega."

The Republican Path to National Failure

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

From immigration to health care and education reform, the Republicans are arguing for restricting access not only to the poor, but chiefly to the middle class. At the same time, they are arguing for a greater concentration of wealth among the elites.

Former Cowboy Provides Free Medical Care To World's Poor

Posted 04.10.2012 | Impact

The costs of medical attention can be exorbitant for a low-income family or an unemployed person -- even if the needs are the same. That's why Stan...