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Poverty in America

'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."

America's Poverty-Education Link

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAmerica, the land of opportunity, needs to create those opportunities for all its children.

Poverty: The New Growth Industry in America

Dean Baker | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Recent trends in poverty rates should have the country furious at its leaders, yet there is nothing on the political agenda at the moment likely to bring the economy back towards full employment any time soon.

Shadow Conventions 2012: 7 Books On Poverty In America

Posted 08.29.2012 | Books

Here are some recommendations for essential reading on poverty in America, as sent to us by a series of experts. HuffPost Live will be taking a co...

Why Sleep Disorders Disproportionately Affect The Poor

Susan Redline, M.D., MPH | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Redline, M.D., MPH

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngIndividuals from disadvantaged neighborhoods and racial/ethnic minorities are at increased risk for sleep disorders due to a variety of environmental exposures, occupational and psychosocial conditions, and possibly genetic factors.

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."

A World of Hillbilly Heroin

Chris Hedges | Posted 10.21.2012 | Books
Chris Hedges

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in West Virginia, and the state leads the country in fatal drug overdoses. OxyContin -- nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" -- is king.

America's Government Does Not Work Right Now

Allan Brawley | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Is this a model that the rest of the world might admire and aspire to? Hardly. Are we a hopeless case? Certainly not. But we should dampen our national pride and curb our arrogance until we get our house in order.

Poverty Issue Missing on the Presidential Campaign Trail

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The poor will continue to grow in numbers. But they are nameless, faceless, and voiceless. This insures that poverty will remain missing from the presidential campaign trail.

Taking Initiative

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

At the heart of my work is the knowledge that poor people are like everyone else, just with fewer resources -- that poor people are broke, not broken.

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 ...

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.

With Our Future on the Line, the Time to Invest in Kids Is Now

Mark Shriver | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
Mark Shriver

Getting the job done and ensuring quality early education for every American kid would be an investment on the order of buying Apple stock in 2003 when it was at $6.56 a share.

Rediscovering Poverty

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

By the Reagan era, the "culture of poverty" had become a cornerstone of conservative ideology: poverty was caused, not by low wages or a lack of jobs, but by bad attitudes and faulty lifestyles.

WATCH: Ending Poverty In Our Time

Derek Flood | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

It will only happen if we all get involved. If we use our intelligence, our money and our influence to make a difference. It will only happen If we are willing to make some sacrifices in the name of compassion.

It's One Of Those Recoveries Where People Can't Afford Food

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Here in the United States, growing numbers of people can't afford that most basic of necessities: food. More Americans said they struggled to buy f...

Still Hungry in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Last year more Americans relied on food stamps to eat than at any time since the program began in 1939 -- 46 million. Yet once again some voices are starting to wonder whether we really need robust anti-hunger programs in America.

"I Just Want a Job"

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone who thinks welfare recipients do nothing but sit around and cash their checks isn't familiar with the schedules of Tiffany and many others like her.

Amanda Terkel

The Reality Behind Rhetoric About Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rhetoric about jobs is everywhere during this campaign season. To emphasize how much they want to create jobs and how valuable s...

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

WATCH LIVE Today: How Education Can Help Fight Poverty In America

Posted 03.26.2012 | Education

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Mark Shriver, head of U.S. programs for Save the Children, will address middle and high students across the country in a...

An Occupy Prayer Breakfast: There Is Enough For Everyone!

Daniel Tutt | Posted 03.25.2012 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

This year, as the 1% comes together to network and pray, an alternative, "People's Prayer Breakfast" will commence across town. The gathering will issue a challenge to all the participants at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Dear Mr. President: Another Chance To Fight Poverty

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

I urge you to use this State of the Union Address to speak of hope and change to the millions of Americans -- most of whom are children -- who live in poverty today. We need your voice in this important moment.

The American Deficit: Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Black Voices
Marian Wright Edelman

As another political season gets into full swing in the United States, a new crop of candidates are making a lot of promises about their competing visions of America. But how many TV debates are focusing on whether America is a compassionate nation?

Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity

Byron Williams | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

If there remains an unspoken Faustian bargain to not hear the cries of the poor, what should we expect when they reach the "Fannie Lou Hamer moment?" Hamer, a civil rights heroine, famously opined: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."