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All the Good One Woman Could Do

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Eva Grover died Friday. Thousands of children who felt her love will miss her. Thousands more poor kids in the Waterville area who never met and will never know Grover will benefit from her love nonetheless.

Labor Day and the Myth of Playing by the Rules in NJ

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 11.03.2012 | New York
Gordon MacInnes

Your neighbors who "play by the rules" -- those who work full-time to support their families and give their kids a better chance than they had -- are sliding backwards on this Labor Day.

Low-Wage Earners Seek Respect and a Living Wage

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Could it be that they see the handwriting on the wall, that they, too, may one day become low-wage earners, as their bargaining rights and benefits are decimated across the country?

A Maximum Wage Law?

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

A maximum wage law would limit the amount of compensation an employer could receive to a specified multiple of the wage earned by his or her lowest paid employees. The idea is not unprecedented.

To End Poverty In America, We Need To Pay People Decent Wages

The New York Times | PETER EDELMAN | Posted 07.29.2012 | Business

Ronald Reagan famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — now coun...

Two-Fifths Of Families Live On The Edge

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 07.25.2012 | Money

Nearly two-fifths of American households are living on the edge financially. According to a report from the Consumer Federation of America and the ...

Time For a Maximum Wage

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Mitt Romney made $15,080 every 6 hours in 2010, a year in which he grossed more than $21 million in income. It would take a minimum wage worker 1,436 years and 10 months to make what Mitt Romney made in 2010.

Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

While the big-box business model Sam Walton pioneered half a century ago has been great for Walmart, it hasn't been so great for the U.S. economy.

Affordable Care Act Helps Working Families

Laphonza Butler | Posted 08.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

The Supreme Court's ruling upholds something that we have all known: a person's ability to stay healthy should not be a privilege for the few but a right for all.

Some Employers and Republicans Want to Lower the Minimum Wage -- Here's Why They're Completely Out of Touch

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Parisian

It seems that some minimum wage employers are trying to pay their workers less -- and to even make it legal to do so. It seems unfathomable that anyone would consider the minimum wage -- which, for a full-time worker, provides a yearly salary that is thousands of dollars below the poverty line for a family of three or four -- to be too high.

Debt Collectors Increasingly Using Abusive Threats, Insults, Lies: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

It's a debt collector's job to be nasty. And lately, they've performing that task quite well. Debt collectors have been adopting increasingly unpl...

Culture of Poverty in America

Linetta J. Gilbert | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact
Linetta J. Gilbert

The culture of poverty, i.e., the environment, institutions, individual behaviors, policies and practices of poverty in the U.S., have affected those who experience poverty as well as those who are observers to its conditions.

Many Americans Aren't Earning Enough To Keep Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

In this post-recession economy you may be able to get a job, but that doesn't necessarily protect you from falling into poverty. In 2010, the numb...

Peter S. Goodman

Child Careless: Without Help, Working Poor Parents Struggling

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Every time she pulls away from her parent's house, leaving behind her 3-year-old daughter, Angelina, as she heads to work at a l...

Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

I believe this is an Amber Alert time for millions of our nation's poor children and that everyone needs to be on the lookout for the children, to ensure the children's health, safety and education, and to see that justice is done.

It's One Of Those Recoveries Where People Can't Afford Food

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Here in the United States, growing numbers of people can't afford that most basic of necessities: food. More Americans said they struggled to buy f...

Medicaid: Help in Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medicaid is vital -- it provides hundreds of millions of children who are poor or have disabilities with comprehensive health coverage enabling them to become productive, taxpaying members of society.

Desperately Working to Stay Afloat

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.

The Golden Years: One Step Forward or Several Steps Back?

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

While the recent drop in unemployment numbers is great news, I wonder about how it will impact older African-American baby boomers. Our looming retirement security crisis, disproportionally affects African Americans, many of whom are retiring in poverty after a lifetime of work.

The Rent Is Too Damn High In Every State In America

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.17.2012 | Business

The poorest people in America are running out of places to live. In every state in the country, there are people looking for cheap rental housing -...

Dave Jamieson

Restaurant Lobby Tries To Slash Servers' Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

The Florida restaurant lobby is pushing a bill that would drop the minimum wage for the state's restaurant servers and other tipped employees from $4....

"I Just Want a Job"

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone who thinks welfare recipients do nothing but sit around and cash their checks isn't familiar with the schedules of Tiffany and many others like her.

Alexander Eichler

Almost Half Of U.S. Households Live One Crisis From Poverty, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

What does it mean to be poor? If it means living at or below the poverty line, then 15 percent of Americans -- some 46 million people -- qualify. B...

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

Newt Gingrich, Food Stamps and the Real Debate We Need

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Those economic challenges, the ones faced by the vast majority of people in the U.S. of all races -- people who want to get ahead and be in America's Rising Class but can't get their hands on the tools for rising -- are what we should be discussing in 2012.