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The Other America

The Other America: Talking To The Grocery Store Clerk

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.26.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm ashamed to admit I have tried to avoid her line. It takes a few minutes longer because she likes to talk. And I am eager to get my groceries bagge...

Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Right now Thomas Piketty's book, and all the others that have exposed, analyzed and offered prescriptions for our economic inequality, are powerful ideas in search of a movement. Income equality is not like the weather. Rather than just complaining about it, we can actually do something to make it better.

The War On Poverty Is Our Moral Challenge Now

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Even as we've made progress against poverty, we've fallen back on other fronts. Employment, especially long-term unemployment, is at record highs for the modern era. Higher education is increasingly expensive. We are living in an increasingly inequitable economy.

Reflecting On the Past, Striving for the Future

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

As we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our nation both reflects on the past and ponders the future. As we commemorate the legislative victories, the heroism, commitment and sacrifice, I am reminded of the work that remains.

Poverty in America 50 Years After Michael Harrington's The Other America

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Today, Harrington is almost a forgotten figure. Contemporary historians and sociologists still cite Harrington in their studies of poverty, but few Americans under 50, including most activists with unions, community organizers and civil rights groups, have heard of him.

The Perils for Obama of Not Talking About Poverty in America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's strange that President Obama doesn't show any indignation about our long slide into economic oblivion. He's certainly not "fighting mad" about it. He draws a line in the sand, the Republicans cross it, then he steps back and draws another line in the sand.