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Mobilizing Local Action for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Forward Cities | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Forward Cities

Forward Cities is a cross-city learning collaborative designed to foster inclusive innovation and entrepreneurial development in Cleveland, Detroit, D...

Reverse Robin Hood: Six Billion Dollar Businesses Preying on Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Bill Quigley

These businesses target families with incomes below $35,000, and people of color are three times more likely to receive abusive loans than whites. People with blemished credit are often passed over when seeking jobs.

Think Tank's Tax System Hacked, Affecting Thousands Of Nonprofits

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.25.2015 | Technology

A prominent Washington, D.C. think tank has been hacked, compromising email addresses, passwords and other information of hundreds of thousands of cha...

Valuing Diversity and Investing in Our Nation's Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Imagine how different things for children might be if politicians were the ones to lose their jobs for failing to improve education, reduce child poverty, etc. What is needed is a focus on the needs of children before it is too late.

Children Need Champions Now More Than Ever

Bruce Lesley | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

While some might argue that declining investments in kids is the price we need to pay to reduce the federal deficit, the fact is that the American people disagree and believe it to be a false choice.

Poverty Is Profitable: 1 out of 3 US Consumers in Debt Collection

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans -- 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau -- have a debt in collection. But as you can expect, there is always someone profiting from poverty.

Technology or Teachers?

Kathy Kemper | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Kathy Kemper

There is no silver bullet that will enable the U.S. to catch up, and it has been clear for some time, moreover, that simply throwing money at schools is not the answer.

Are Immigrant Aid Organizations Ready for Reform?

Erwin de Leon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Erwin de Leon

Legislation that regularizes the status of over 11 million undocumented individuals will be a long-awaited boon to immigrants and their families. But will they have the support they need to go through what will undoubtedly be a long and arduous process?

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

10 States With Prohibitive Health Care Costs

Posted 05.29.2012 | Fifty

Health care continue to rise for post 50s. Retired couples will need an estimated $240,000 to cover their medical bills -- 4 percent more than people ...

States Doing The Most (And Least) To Spread The Wealth

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale, Michael B. Sauter, Ashley C. Allen | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The Occupy movement has brought economic inequality to the headlines. Occupy protesters around the country have labeled themselves...

What's Costlier Than A Government Run Prison? A Private One

Aug. 18, 2010 | D.M. Levine, Contributor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

FORTUNE -- Early this month, three convicted murderers escaped from a prison in Kingman, a small town along Route 66 in northwest Arizona. According t...