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Working Poor

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 peop...

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...

This Could Be The Last Big Anti-Poverty Effort Of Obama's Presidency

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 12.05.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama and some of his allies are trying to transform an ugly piece of tax legislation into something that gives critical help to mil...

Another City Is Raising Its Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Residents of Tacoma, Washington, are ready to raise the minimum wage -- just not too quickly. Voters in the city of 200,000 appear to have approved a...

Making Change: How Workers Like Me Are Winning the Fight for $15

Alvin Major | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Alvin Major

For workers like me, $15 an hour means being able to feed my family without worrying that we're taking money we need for the gas or water bill or for bus passes. It means being able to see my kids grow up. It means real change in our lives.

Waiting in Line to Become Poor

Lisa Nichols | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa Nichols

Not so long ago, I waited in line to "officially" become poor. That's what it feels like when you're forced to apply for food stamps. When you're broke and starving. When the father of your 8-month-old son apologizes to you from a dingy phone behind prison bars.

I've Worked at Mcdonald's for 7 Years Without a Raise. Now, the Fight for 15 Gives Me (and Workers Worldwide) Hope.

Bettie Anne Douglas | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Bettie Anne Douglas

I'm 57 years old and I've worked for McDonald's for seven years, getting paid a few pennies above the federal minimum wage. For a long time, I felt like I had no choice but to accept $7.65 an hour and the daily struggles that come along with that poverty wage. But in the last year, all that has changed.

Because I Was A Single Teen Mom

Eileen Fragiacomo | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Eileen Fragiacomo

My socioeconomic background (and the teen mom status and high school level of education that came with it) was always lingering in the back of my mind, making me feel very inadequate. But it also made me work even harder to keep up and grow as much as I possibly could.

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.

Money Cannot Be The God of Life: How CEO Pay Drives Inequality

Heather Gautney | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Lawmakers have failed to keep the wage apace with inflation so that its value is now less than it was five decades ago.

Jeb! Cracks the Whip

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Jeb! Bush, a boy born to wealth and privilege, whose family owns not a home but a compound of dwellings in Kennebunkport, Maine, and whose wife plunked down $25,600 for one pair of earrings, lectured last week that Americans should work longer hours.

I'm a Teacher, and I Do Whatever It Takes to Make the Hunger Go Away

Elizabeth Mach | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Mach

I once spent $5 on lottery tickets out of desperation, despite knowing as a math teacher that the probability of winning was essentially zero. But I teach, hoping that it will get better for me, for my students, and for my own kid who falls into that strange not-rich, not-poor-enough no man's land. There is no middle class that we fit into.

The 5 Best Things About Raising Kids Poor

Jessica Rising | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Jessica Rising

Poor parents aren't bad parents, and we aren't always miserable either. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I want to remain poor for the rest of my life. Like the vast majority of people, I want the best life for my children. But I'm a little tired of seeing only the bad side of being poor.

California Is Giving Poor Residents Solar Energy Using Polluting Companies' Dollars

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact

California's fight against global warming is providing green energy to low-income residents -- and polluting companies are footing the bill. As the...

America Trails the Developed World on Paid Leave For Working People

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David A. Love

For all of the talk of American exceptionalism, the U.S. is exceptionally bad in the treatment of its workers. America--the world's largest economy--is one of the few advanced nations without a national policy guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.

Making the Economy Work for the Many, Not the Few -- Step 1: Raise the Minimum Wage

Robert Reich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Over time we've seen significant growth in the "working poor" -- people working full time, sometimes even 60 or more hours each week, but at such low wages that they remain impoverished. What to do?

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Explaining "Working Poor" to My Privileged, Middle Class Children

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

When we do our "gratitude inventory" (aka, a way to get them to reflect and pray), they rattle off things as a matter of routine that many people would only dream of.