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War on Poverty

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

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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 01.28.2015 | 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 01.21.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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.

Inequality

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.

Ryan "Opportunity Grant" Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time

Bob Greenstein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

While some other elements of the Ryan poverty plan deserve serious consideration, such as those relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit and criminal justice reform, his "Opportunity Grant" would likely increase poverty and hardship, and is therefore ill-advised.

Why the 1996 Welfare Law Is Not a Model for Other Safety Net Programs

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

A careful examination of the record, however, indicates that the 1996 law's results were mixed and that if the goal is to reduce poverty, especially among the most disadvantaged families and children, there are serious downsides to embracing the 1996 law as a model.

The War on Poverty

Bert McCracken | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Bert McCracken

The idea was not the redistribution of wealth but the protection of the ability to earn a decent living through the power of knowledge. Unfortunately, all these ideas soon lost their prominence to a more salient war: Vietnam.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter Word

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

What does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined? Let's start with the dictionary. According to the p...

Maria Shriver And Oprah Sit Down With Real Women Living On The Brink

OWN | Posted 03.29.2014 | OWN

Millions of women are living at or below the poverty line, despite the fact that they have jobs. In her new documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Li...

Poverty: Laziness or Lack of Opportunity?

Sid Mohn | Posted 05.19.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Even with the crucial anti-poverty programs we have in place, these are new and emerging faces of poverty -- the very opposite of the picture of poverty Ryan paints.

Preventing Disabilities: A Collective Responsibility

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Poverty and disability form a vicious cycle. People with disabilities are more likely to end up poor. Poverty increases a person's vulnerability to disabilities and disabilities increase a person's vulnerability to poverty. This vicious cycle must be broken.

No, Paul Ryan Doesn't Deserve the Benefit of the Doubt

Jason Sattler | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

This presumption that some people -- "in inner cities, in particular" -- are lazy isn't just insulting, it's a premise used by Paul Ryan and others to justify great cruelty while ignoring the actual sources and causes of poverty.

The Poverty of Policy on Poverty

David Coates | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
David Coates

Since there is currently a rather large amount of poverty around that ideally would be rapidly alleviated, you could legitimately expect that the proposals that each side brought to the table might significantly erode the poverty under review. Sadly, however, neither set of proposals do.

War on Poverty Book Misses the Program's Overall Successes

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.11.2014 | Books
Pablo Eisenberg

The editors of Legacies of the War on Poverty focus their attention almost entirely on selected individual programs. They fail to examine the long-term, more intangible impacts of the War on Poverty that do not lend themselves to statistical analysis.