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War on Poverty

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

Isaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)

Brennan Breed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Brennan Breed

Earlier this month -- just in time for the holidays -- an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis.

Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy's Power to Convene

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

As I join families across the country in making preparations for Thanksgiving, I welcome the opportunity to come together with friends and family. To strengthen bonds and buoy spirits, nothing is as powerful as the simple act of breaking bread together.

Connecting the Dots to Lift Families Out of Poverty

Carla Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carla Thompson

But the numbers from 2012 tell us that what we are doing simply isn't enough. Families of color are still fairing worse than their white counterparts.

The UN Needs a Larger 'War on Poverty'

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Ralph Nader

Whether it is the debate about intervention in the civil war in Syria or the signing of an arms trade treaty, the role of the UN on the world stage is far too often reduced to that of the intermediary between world powers -- or it is ridiculed or maligned by grand-standing American politicians.

A Real War on Poverty

Nelson Davis | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Areal escape from the box labeled poverty requires several fundamentals and they all involve entrepreneurial thinking.

The Federal Government Didn't Lose the War on Poverty -- It Retreated

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This historical amnesia is a dangerous mistake. It poisons our hearts with pessimism. It blinds us to the lessons and solutions we need. Most New Yorkers have no idea how prevalent poverty used to be -- or how their predecessors made it go away.

Detroit Riots of 1967: Lessons for Today

Diane Levin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Diane Levin

Let this week's events in Detroit lead to a reexamination of our goals as a nation and how we can reach them. Let us take advantage of the vast amounts of new knowledge we have gained since 1967 about how to reduce poverty and its impact on children.

Are We There Yet?

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Today, while the colored/white signs are gone, the needs of people who are locked out, pushed out, or left out are great and growing every day. Racial divides continue to be deeply rooted. We cannot afford to remain silent.

The Global Search for Education: What Students Want

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Education is the greatest armament in the battle on poverty, disease, brutality and prejudice. Providing education for children in the emerging markets is both vital and relatively cheap.

Extreme Poverty: A Matter of Justice

Justine Lucas | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Justine Lucas

At 29, I stand on that precipice of the big 3-0, taking stock of my life thus far, dreaming and scheming and doing a fair bit of self-analysis. But when I step back from this fortuitous deconstruction, I am left simply with one fact -- I am fortunate.

The Reagan Era:Turning Back Racial Equality Gains

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Reagan was elected at a time when America was still reeling with self-doubt over its defeat in Vietnam. Though his optimistic campaign message promised better days ahead for the country, his positions on civil rights issues looked backward, not forward.

WATCH: Mark Shriver: 'Politics Is A Tough Combat Sport'

Posted 02.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Mark Shriver, vice president and managing director of Save the Children, spoke about the lack of compromise in Washington during a recent interview wi...

WATCH: MLK III: 'The Nation Has Fallen Short'

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices

As the nation remembers the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. today, the civil rights leader's eldest living child told HuffPost Live that "the nation ...

Why We Don't Need A Second 'War On Poverty' (At Least Not Now)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

We don't need a national discourse on poverty but a shift in attention away from disadvantage toward an examination of the concentrated advantages provided to those already flourishing in our society. It then becomes clear that it is not only poverty but inequality that plagues the poor.

LBJ Presidential Library Writes Second Draft of Great Society

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

It's easy to interpret the 2012 election as a ratification of Barack Obama's first term. But down in Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library is making a strong case that the legacy voters cemented in November was Lyndon Johnson's.

Behind The Billy Pulpit: Will The Real Billy Graham Please Stand Up?

Michael G. Long | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Michael G. Long

If he were to return to his own comments about poverty, if he were to write his own statement and if he were to recall his own Bible-based lobbying for the War on Poverty, he could finally fulfill the role that has long eluded him: a truly biblical prophet.

Study Analyzes Effect Of NYC-Family Rewards Program On Parents And Their Teenage Children

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

To get low-income teenagers to spend more time on school work, a new study suggests that schools should pay them. A recent study released by MDRC a...

Is Betting on Ending Homelessness a Good Investment?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Buying Apple stock would be a better financial investment, but putting money towards ending street homelessness is undoubtedly a better social investment. I guess it's time to call my stock broker.

Why We're Winning The War On Poverty

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business

“We declared war on poverty,” Ronald Reagan famously proclaimed, “and poverty won.” And indeed, as measured by the official poverty rate, ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In 2000, I co-convened the "Shadow Conventions," which ran concurrently with both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and shined the spotlight on three issues that neither party was seriously addressing: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America and the disastrous war on drugs. Twelve years later, these three problems have gotten worse. So we are bringing the Shadow Conventions back -- but this time we are using HuffPost Live and the Huffington Post platform to put these neglected issues center stage and make it possible for you to be part of a real discussion about them. In fact, HuffPost Live has already created "green room" pages where you can learn more about these issues, leave a comment and sign up to join an on-air Shadow Convention conversation. Click here for the drug war green room, here for poverty and here for money in politics. The Shadow Conventions are your conventions -- let your voice be heard.

What Role Can the Occupy Movement Play in the Upcoming Election?

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Occupy movement seems to have all but disappeared from media coverage over the past months. Is this due to the fever pitch of the presidential campaign, or has the movement's time come and gone?

Why Promising To Save The Middle Class May Just Not Be Enough!

David Coates | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
David Coates

The President has to tell the American electorate that the future lies, not in a second round of trickle-down economics, but in the creation of a second New Deal, one inclusive of those left out the first time 'round.

The Unfinished War

Richard C. Leone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

The United States has proven over several decades to be more tolerant of poverty and of homelessness and other associated ills than is the case in other industrialized countries.

Persecution Or Precaution? More Cities Use Tactics To Ban Homeless From City Spaces

Joel John Roberts | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Cities nationwide are using tactics to battle the encroachment of homelessness on their streets and public spaces.