With a new class of students starting college this month -- replacing a class that just graduated into a historically bad job market -- there's no better time for another installment of our "Majoring in Debt" series, which examines the mountainous student debt college graduates are facing, how it will affect their futures, and what it will mean for the future of America. When I was 16 and living in Greece, I saw a magazine article about Cambridge and was overcome by a desire to study there. And I was lucky enough to get in. In the years after graduating, pretty much every break I got could be traced back to that experience. But, increasingly, graduating from college no longer means putting your education to work for you -- it now means being a virtual indentured servant to your education. Instead of propelling you into the future, more and more it means trapping you in the past.
The response to Hurricane Irene showed that when our leaders bring a sense of urgency and ask the public to respond in kind, remarkable things can happen. READ MORE Third World America: One Year Later: The paperback version of the book is out and, sad to say, almost none of the troubling trends I warned about have been reversed -- or even addressed. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses Job Crisis on Piers Morgan Tonight Watch: Arianna Talks About "Hurricane Jobs" on Morning Joe Watch: Arianna and Lawrence O'Donnell Discuss the Forgotten Middle Class Watch: Arianna Talks Austerity, Job Creation with Martin Bashir
I wanted the book to serve as "a warning, a way of saying that if we don't change course -- and quickly -- that could very well be our future." Well, 12 months on, the paperback version of the book is coming out and, sad to say, almost none of those troubling trends have been reversed.
Back home in Los Angeles, where homelessness has increased by 12 percent, the sprawling tent cities of America's homeless remind me of the desperate refugees half a world away.
Comparing Wisconsin and Nicaragua reveals that distinguishing between developed and developing countries is becoming less useful. As poverty grows in places like Wisconsin, poor communities around the world gain more in common with each other.
Earlier this year, a federally-mandated homeless count revealed that Los Angeles' homeless population increased, even though the city and county housed 10,000 people who were homeless in the past three years.
Homelessness is a poverty issue. People living on our streets are a result of our nation's inability to save people from falling through a broken social safety net.
Living on the streets for years at a time can rapidly increase one's age, turning any young adult into middle-aged or elderly. And, Jennifer is no exception. Most of those elderly-looking people on the streets are, in reality, decades younger.
Today, I wonder why America, a society that is so sophisticated, wealthy and compassionate, doesn't pick up its lost humanity on the streets and connect them with housing, and more importantly, the community of humanity.
For those of us fighting to end homelessness in America, the year of 2014 gives us hope that strategic ideas and initiatives are actually working, albeit slowly. Here are our top highlights of 2014.
It is easy enough to point out research correlating far off and away terms like racism, cultural bias, or white privilege, and grouping peoples (Mexicans become Latin, Japanese become Asian) for convenience. It puts it all out there.... somewhere else.... away from us.
Revolution is typically not on the minds of the majority of America's youth. Hong Kong youth carried the same mindset--until a few weeks ago.
Seven dollars per day is not much. Forget buying a latte at Starbucks each morning. You would barely have enough money to eat afterwards. In fact, forget going out to eat. Period. The tip alone would eat up all of your daily allocation.
The answers to ending homelessness in this country have changed dramatically since the days of setting up shelters. Programs, such as Housing First, Rapid Re-Housing, Prevention, are the new solutions to this entrenched social problem.
"There are no winners in war and the only right side to take is the one where humanity stands." -- Kenneth Nguyen The war waged against black boys ...
The goal line has shifted: from ending homelessness, to ending chronic homelessness, to ending chronic veteran homelessness. If we don't end chronic veteran homelessness in the next 18 months, do we shift to ending chronic female veteran homelessness?