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War on Poverty

Helping Doesn't Always Help

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

If we want the world to be a better, more inclusive place, we need to get to know each other better. What we will discover is that those at the bottom of our economic ladder are amazingly resourceful and contribute tremendously to society.

The Poverty Line -- A False Target

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Mauricio Lim Miller

Growing up in poor neighborhoods and then running social service programs for 20 years, I heard countless stories about millions of people living in poverty. The percent of those in poverty never seems to change much, hovering around 15 percent, or more, of our population.

This Is What It's Like To Live On $2 A Day

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

What's it like to have no source of income? That's life for millions of Americans, although the political debate barely acknowledges that reality. Wh...

Happy Birthday and RIP, Economic Opportunity Act

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

America's come a long way, baby - from helping the poor to hating them. Today, almost every bullet point above is a knee-slapper, a political pipe dream. But that doesn't take away from the courage and dignity of the Act itself.

Activists Create Sleep Safe Haven For London Homeless

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Van Winkle's

In just one of many examples of why the world is a cold, ugly place, "anti-homeless spikes" have materialized in London.

America's Got War

William J. Astore | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
William J. Astore

War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality takes over, it chooses the weapons and tactics for you.

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Upgrades War On Poverty From Failure To Stalemate | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), one of the Republican Party's top safety net experts, changed his tune slightly this week about the War on Pove...

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

My Head Start

Darren Walker | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Darren Walker

Sometime around my fifth birthday, a clipboard-carrying young woman knocked on the door of my mother's shotgun house in our working-class, east Texas town.

Fight Poverty With Wages

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Everyone agrees we've taken poverty seriously. We've created a panoply of relief programs to lessen it through government action, and yet, while we've enabled those with the lowest income to survive, the poor are still with us.

The New Segregation

Rep. Judy Chu | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Rep. Judy Chu

If we are going to ask our students to work hard and achieve the American Dream, we must do our part to ensure that they have the resources they need. We can start by investing in our schools.

We Didn't Start the War on Poverty, but We Owe It to Our Children to Win It

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Eric Cooper

Fair or not, the weight of history falls heavily on the living. A nation founded on the inalienable rights of humankind and the notion of social justice must work to provide opportunities for all children -- not just mine. Leadership and resources are needed to support those who have been shortchanged by family circumstances -- by poverty and the remaining vestiges of racism.

How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Survival Is Not Enough: Help Children Thrive, Not Just Survive

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2015 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

The child who has at least one stable, adult relationship experiences a greater measure of success than a child who grows up alone in a well-intentioned government supported system of care.

The Eight Ugly Scars of Runaway Inequality

Les Leopold | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Les Leopold

America is the richest country in all of history. We have the largest economy and the largest number of millionaires and billionaires. At the same time, however, we lead the developed world in economic inequality.

Can't Stop the Giving

Marc Joseph | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Marc Joseph

With the impasse in Washington, which looks like it will be getting even worse in 2015, we cannot rely on our government to pick up the slack to take care of those Americans who truly need our help.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Less Lobster, More Misery: The Republican Poverty Fantasy

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Fantasy makes great television and literature. It also makes poor public policy. Poverty denial molds how many conservatives, and even independents, understand economic deprivation.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Good Times and the War on Poverty

Joy Moses | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Joy Moses

A possible interpretation of the theme song and the show being is that you have to be grateful for the good times (the positives) in order to see your way through the remaining challenges.

Expanding a Culture of Service

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Service is an essential part of our nation's DNA. Throughout our history, volunteers across the country have stepped up to fill a range of critical needs.


Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

We need to close the gap between the rich and the poor. That disturbing chasm is widening, as two recent surveys demonstrate.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Paul Ryan Is the Biggest and Latest Threat to American Women and Their Kids

Pat LaMarche | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

This week, Paul Ryan, who cashed federal support checks in the form of social security payments after his dad died, wants to stop federal support of the needy. Congressman Ryan would like to fund states with block grants replacing programs that he says don't work.