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Poverty in America

Truth About Prison Phones

Clarissa Ramon | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Clarissa Ramon

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAs it stands today, the phone system within state prisons and immigration detention centers exploits one of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. today.

Why Obama Is Losing the Battle Against Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
John Thompson

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhy did President Obama ignore an overwhelming body of education research?

Don't Kick Immigration Reform Down the Road

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngPolitical rhetoric about immigration, especially during presidential election season, makes it easy to accept myths and overlook realities that govern the lives of millions of unauthorized immigrants in the United States.

Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before Sending Humans to Mars -- Some Additional Thoughts

Chris Carberry | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Chris Carberry

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe presidential candidates need to understand that science and technology education is a vital national interest. It is synonymous with a positive future.

The Hidden Victims of Tobacco

Zama Coursen-Neff | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Zama Coursen-Neff

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWorkers absorb tobacco through the skin, especially when the leaves are wet, when the person is working hard, and when surrounding temperatures are hot.

Knowledge Wins

Peter Meyer | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Peter Meyer

2012-08-27-scblog.pngWhen we think of poverty, what do we think of? Food stamps? Emaciated children? Tin shacks? Empty refrigerators?

Bringing the Poor to the Table

Katherine Wright | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Katherine Wright

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe old Washington saying "if you're not at the table, you're on the menu" hits close to home for those living in or near poverty this election cycle.

What We Can Learn From the Developing World to Help Us Fight Poverty at Home

Ruth Messinger | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWe can strengthen our efforts to end poverty at home by taking some tips from leaders in the developing world.

Redefining Freedom in America

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngIt's high time we start to focus on the freedom from want in America. This is why the conversation about poverty can no longer be kicked down the road like a can.

The Economic Crisis Isn't Colorblind

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

2012-08-28-scblog2.png A meaningful debate about the path to recovery requires a careful examination of the uneven impact on African-American and Hispanic families and the role of racial discrimination in creating the ongoing distress.

Investing in Our Future: Does Investing in Space Exploration Help or Hinder Progress Towards Prosperity?

Richard Garriott | Posted 11.05.2012 | Science
Richard Garriott

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngU.S. investment in fundamental science and space exploration has a dramatic positive impact on our overall economy and thus the plight of the impoverished.

Will We Continue to Ignore the Poor?

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWe've got a poverty problem in this country, paired with leaders who won't even say the word "poverty," let alone solve the problem. We have a political class that is so far removed from the hardships of a normal life that they can't even connect with the middle class, let alone the poor. In Washington, the pervasive dominance of money in politics has made it nearly impossible for the stories and hardships of the poor to make headway into the national conversations. The poor don't have lobbyists or super PACs, and they certainly don't have a real commitment in the party platforms at the conventions this season. So people of faith and conscience will keep beating the drum about poverty and asking each candidate, every candidate, what their policies will do to the least of these.

Essential Reads About Poverty In America

Posted 09.05.2012 | Books

Many books have been written about poverty in America. As part of the Shadow Conventions 2012, we've talked to experts across the country, in academia...

Is Education A Privilege For The Elite?

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.30.2012 | Education

In June, Mitt Romney told Virginians on the campaign trail that he wanted "to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity..." "...where e...

The Republican War on the Poor

Jeff Madrick | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngMuch is rightly made about the Republican War on Women. But the Republicans are fighting a more deliberate battle against the poor.

'I Never Thought I Would Graduate High School' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.29.2012 | Teen

This video is part of "Undroppable," a documentary project from @Jason_Pollock that tells the stories of young people who have overcome significant ob...

Defending the New G.I. Bill

Tom Tarantino | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Tom Tarantino

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngIAVA is calling on Congress to protect career-ready education programs for veterans, which means defending the New G.I. Bill from predatory for-profits.

Poverty Is Not Destiny: Demanding Change for the Future

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngEducation, combined with social programs and fair wages, can help cure the epidemic of poverty that has swept our nation.

Poverty: The Conversation We're Not Having

Sid Mohn | Posted 10.29.2012 | Impact
Sid Mohn

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngHow can we as a nation accept the fact that we're sweeping more than 20 million people, those who are suffering the most among us, under the rug?

Congressional Standoff Over Violence Against Immigrant Women

Meghan Rhoad | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Meghan Rhoad

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAmerican immigration policy was not crafted with the intention for it to become an enabler of violence against women like Elsa, but it often serves that function.

"Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"

Jeremy Everett | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Jeremy Everett

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAmerica has always prided itself on the belief that hard work will ensure wealth and success. However, this ideology is not always true.

Universal Suffrage

Antonio Ginatta | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Antonio Ginatta

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngInstead of promoting a universal right to vote, many elected officials now seek ways to narrow the franchise, finding ways to limit it, to mold it.

The End of Compassionate Conservatism? Why Jesus and Today's GOP Don't Mix

Derek Flood | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngLooking at the proposed Romney/Ryan budget, we see a perspective that completely flies in the face of the "Christian values" that Republicans want to claim to represent.

Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before We Send Humans to Mars

Chris Carberry | Posted 10.29.2012 | Science
Chris Carberry

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngA focused and well-conceived space program has the strong potential to improve society -- reducing problems here at home.

'The Poor.. Will Have Their Power'

Matthew Bode | Posted 10.29.2012 | Detroit
Matthew Bode

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAs the transfer of wealth from poor and middle class to rich increases in size and scope never seen before, our national leaders have grown incapable of speaking the word "poverty."