Needy families should not be penalized for their appropriate reliance in troubled times on welfare "safety net" programs. This is especially true when the "failure" wasn't with these families, but rather with financial institutions.
Last Tuesday, President Obama made a major speech to set the record straight on our nation's economy and what he called the most "defining issue of our time": restoring growth and prosperity for all Americans.
We have good safety net programs, and we have to make sure every child who could benefit from these programs does. Help for poor parents and children should be protected before tax breaks for wealthy corporations and millionaires.
Between a rock and a hard place is where you can work full time and still be in poverty (like 100,000 Illinoisans). It's where you can look for a job for 37 weeks -- almost 10 months -- and still not find one (that's the average here).
My hope is that the protest will be a rallying cry for all Americans to remind us of our shared values, not simply the occasion for replicating the political polarization that already grips our country.
Analysis of the Census poverty data by the National Women's Law Center reveals a stark gender disparity: women make up 57.8 percent of poor adults. Over 17 million women lived in poverty in 2010, including more than 7.5 million in extreme poverty.