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Fact Check: Nielsen Reveals 10 Insights On Black Spending Power And What Drives It

Posted 09.25.2012 | Black Voices

Despite what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about the unemployment rate among blacks, and the U.S. Census' report on how the median income h...

Latest Poverty Numbers a Wake-Up Call: We Must Continue to Support This President

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Over the last few weeks, we observed both the Democratic and Republican conventions. It was easy to absorb the difference between the two parties. One was dedicated to fighting for the middle-class and poor of this country, the other for millionaires and billionaires.

Census Bureau Releases 2011 Poverty Data - Downward Trends Continue

Dan Lesser | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Dan Lesser

The Census numbers paint a picture of continuing high rates of poverty, government programs that provide an essential safety net, a major decline in middle class living standards, and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor that is undermining our economic recovery.

The Unfinished War

Richard C. Leone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

The United States has proven over several decades to be more tolerant of poverty and of homelessness and other associated ills than is the case in other industrialized countries.

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.

Many Americans Aren't Earning Enough To Keep Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

In this post-recession economy you may be able to get a job, but that doesn't necessarily protect you from falling into poverty. In 2010, the numb...

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.

Poverty Moves To The Suburbs (MAPS)

Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

Read more: Breakdown: Americans on the Edge...

Tom Zeller Jr.

For America's Least Fortunate, The Grip Of Poverty Spans Generations | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business

PITTSBURGH -- In the basement of Hill House, a community center just outside of this city's bustling downtown, Brooklyn Davis clutches a plastic fork ...

State Of The Union 2012: Take Action On Nation's Most Pressing Problems

Posted 01.25.2012 | Impact

President Obama highlighted one primary problem in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night. He identified economic inequality as "the d...

Remembering Poverty Before the Safety Net

Dan Morgan | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Dan Morgan

In an ideal world, families, churches, and volunteer organizations -- exemplifying the idea that we Americans take care of our own without relying on government -- would be the safety net. But this isn't an ideal world.

The Moral Challenge of 'Shared Sacrifice' to Income Inequality in the Second Decade of the 21st Century

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.26.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The 2012 election will provide an opportunity for us to revisit the moral and religious values that have come to comprise the soul of America.

Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households With Major Hardships

Arloc Sherman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Poverty rates rose in 2010 under a variety of poverty measures, as the economic downturn continued and long-term unemployment hit record highs.

Alternative Poverty Measure More Accurately Identifies Who Is Poor in the United States

David Henderson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
David Henderson

Any way you look at it, whether there are 46 million or 49.1 million poor in the U.S., there is an unacceptable level of human suffering in our country.

Poverty Rates Swelled In Almost All U.S. States, Cities In 2010

Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

The ranks of the poor rose in almost all U.S. states and cities in 2010, despite the end of the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great ...

Working Together Out of Poverty

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Because of the recession, the number of people living in poverty has never been higher. It's easy to be overwhelmed by these statistics. But today -- the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty -- gives me hope.

Occupy the Lives of Children in DC

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.11.2011 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Real justice is about service to others, not ourselves. A movement that is only about expressing anger over our own individual hurts will soon disintegrate for lack of an achievable common cause.

Tyler Kingkade

CHART: Poverty Is Up, But The Poor Are Paying The Most Taxes | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newly released U.S. Census data reveal that poverty levels have skyrocketed, but in most states, the tax systems disproportionally burde...

Get Ready for the Poverty Deniers

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

There is indeed an attitude problem in this country. It's the kind of attitude that encourages sweeping, simplistic generalities like, "Anybody living in the USA is not poor."

We Need to Reduce New York City's Growing Poverty Rate

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.26.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

Perhaps American poverty today is not as horrific as it was in 1890. But for a poor child living in the promised land of New York City in 2011, the impact of poverty cannot be overstated.

Discouraging News on Child Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals 46.2 million poor people in America, the largest number in the last 52 years. This is a national disgrace.

Trymaine Lee

Number Of Americans Living In Poverty Hits 52-Year High, 27.4 Percent Of Blacks Under The Poverty Line | Trymaine Lee | Posted 11.13.2011 | Black Voices

The number of Americans living in poverty in 2010 hit a 52-year high, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. As the poverty r...

Arthur Delaney

Total Number Of Americans In Poverty Swells To All-Time Record | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Even though the Great Recession technically ended in 2009, incomes fell, poverty rose and the number of Americans without health insuran...

Right Away

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

We can put together a plan for shared prosperity, but only if people across the nation demand, loudly and repeatedly, that the essential components of the President's jobs package are adopted.

What My Hurricane Irene Evacuation Taught Me About Poverty

Keli Goff | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

Most of us know that there are countless downsides to being poor, but as far as the day-to-day reality of what that actually means for people living in poverty, many of us are vague on the details and prefer to remain that way.