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5 Ways to Drive Youth-Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa

Bill Reese | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact
Bill Reese

The rate of working poverty among youth in Sub-Saharan Africa, a staggering 70 percent of whom earn less than $2 a day, has become one of the great ec...

The States And Stakes Of Poverty In The U.S.A.

Frank Islam | Posted 09.16.2016 | HuffPost Home
Frank Islam

On September 13, the Census Bureau released a report that the U.S. economy had performed well for many Americans in 2015. The report indicated that the poverty rate had fallen by 1.2 percentage points last year - which was the biggest decline in one year since 1968.

An American Elegy

Frank Islam | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Frank Islam

The days of labor have passed. Labor Day for all of those in the working and lower middle class who toil in blue collar and white collar jobs and make so little in wages that they qualify for food stamps and public aid.

The Other America: Talking To The Grocery Store Clerk

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.26.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm ashamed to admit I have tried to avoid her line. It takes a few minutes longer because she likes to talk. And I am eager to get my groceries bagge...

Trump's Special Snowflakes

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Co-authored by Anne Balay PhD, visiting assistant professor, Haverford College. Following the Orlando massacre's call for blood donations, there's a ...

I Am The Lady You Judged

Kim Stradone | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Kim Stradone

I am the lady who feels she deserves to have a life and enjoy it, even if you don't, even if it bothers you that your tax dollars are helping her. I am the lady who understands the true meaning of "there but for the grace of God go I" and that any one of us can fall on hard times.

Electionomics - The High Stakes for American Workers in the 2016 Elections

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is that the presidential race has already become a contest o...

Study Shows Rich Living In Public Housing

MoneyTips | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business

With so many needy American families, should people who earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year live in public housing? Shouldn't being a million...

Expiring Airline Miles: Just One More Way to Penalize the Poor

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Samuel C. Spitale

When I logged in to my Southwest account last week, I was surprised to find my 30,000 accumulated miles were missing. Apparently, they disappeared aft...

Don't Kid Yourself on the $15 Minimum Wage

Stephen Adams | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business
Stephen Adams

Do we really think mayors, governors and presidents will solve our economic problems? Neither Trump nor Sanders nor Hillary Clinton can deliver what the jobs they promise. The economy just doesn't work that way. It doesn't care who is in the White House or the governor's mansion.

Finding a Place to Live on the Minimum Wage

R.J. Marx | Posted 03.11.2016 | Business
R.J. Marx

The U.S. Census Bureau deems "30 percent rule" a guideline for the portion of income a family can spend for rent and still have enough left over for other nondiscretionary spending.

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

Renee Fenderson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Renee Fenderson

With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that's not the full story.

How America's Super-Rich Are Draining the Poor of a Longer Life Span

Les Leopold | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

Instead of narrowing, the longevity gap between rich and poor has actually increased by 7 long years during the reign of runaway inequality!

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

You Can't Earn a Living on the Minimum Wage

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about income inequality, and when other candidates speak about the minimum wage and food stamps, what are they really talking about? Whether they know it or not, it's something like this.

As a Mom, I'm Picking up the Pieces

Stephanie Land | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
 Stephanie Land

I'm writing this knowing my bank account is overdrawn, because I'm still waiting on four, unexpectedly late paychecks. I'm writing this from my couch, where my 19-month-old is sleepily nursing in my lap.

Diapers or Food? A Choice No Parent Should Have to Make

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

Working families in America often make impossible choices between food, clothing, and housing. When families struggle to afford basic necessities, they often sacrifice the things most of us take for granted.

I Feel Like I'll Always Be Poor

Kaelyn Thompson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Kaelyn Thompson

Poor people don't have an immediate network of others available to offer advice, or refer them to cushy on-campus jobs that will allow them a flexible work schedule, or parents that can afford to pay rent and car notes so their kids don't have to stress themselves to death.

Will Reed Hastings' $100m Education Fund Help Poor People Get a Better Education?

James Baxley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Fifty
James Baxley

I do not think throwing money at a problem will make it go away. And this is especially true with education. Firstly, I think our education system is ...

President Obama, You Are Correct -- Two-Generation Strategies Alleviate Poverty

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Poverty is insidious and debilitating. As a nation we cannot continue to absorb the consequences associated with persistent generational poverty.

There Must Be Better Ways To Fight Poverty. The White House Wants To Find Them.

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration wants to spend $2 billion testing new approaches to fighting poverty, with a particular focus on catching peopl...

More Than 500,000 Adults Expected To Lose SNAP Benefits In 2016

Ed Bolen | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Ed Bolen

More than half a million of the poorest Americans will lose a critical tool to help keep food on the table this year. That's because a three-month limit on SNAP (food stamps) for jobless adults aged 18-49 who aren't disabled or raising minor children is returning in 23 states for the first time since the Great Recession.

2016 May Be the Year I Support My Family Without Government Help

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Center for Community Change Action

Since I became a single mom eight years ago, my day planner notebook has been my lifeline, my secretary, and a familiar heavy weight in my bag that I would be lost without. This year, it is showing me something telling: that I may no longer need to rely on food stamps to make ends meet.

Minimum Wage Going Up In 14 States At Start Of 2016

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics

If you're among the country's lowest earners, you may be ringing in the new year with a pay hike. Fourteen states will be raising their minimum wages ...