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Pat LaMarche's experiences working with the nation's poor make her uniquely suited to answer the tough questions about how welfare, social services, inadequate education and societies other challenges effect the economy and the nation as well. As a journalist and award winning broadcaster Pat has spent more than two decades studying and reporting on poverty issues both in the U.S. and abroad. During her 2004 Green Party Campaign for U.S. Vice President, Pat took to the streets to uncover the lives of the homeless in what she called the "Left Out Tour." Pat traveled the nation living in homeless shelters and on the streets. The book she wrote about those experiences is called, "Left Out in America; the State of Homelessness in the United States."

Pat's newest book "Daddy, What's the Middle Class?" is a history book highlighting stories about how the American middle class invented itself and showcasing root causes of its current decline.

Entries by Pat LaMarche

The United States: Merry Christmas on Her Lips and Blood on Her Hands

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 9:06 AM

With all the hemming and hawing by political pundits about people spouting "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," you'd think the United States had finally separated church and state. But nothing could be further from the truth. Seems a recent Pew Research Poll -- as reported...

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Dying Homeless

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Eighty years ago three children were found wrapped in a blanket on South Mountain in central Pennsylvania. The blanket did the girls no good. Even if the overnight lows were average for that time of year -- mid 30's -- they never felt the cold. The children were already dead....

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If HUD Were in Charge of Ebola, 10 Percent of Us Would Be Bleeding From Our Eyes by Now

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Imagine if Ebola scientists worked the way the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does. If you didn't look like you had Ebola, if you didn't admit to having Ebola, if you weren't in the same room with the doctors when they were talking about Ebola - GOOD NEWS...

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Kids in Montana Unique: They're Learning the Truth

(3) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 7:29 PM

A few miles north of Wyoming, just off Route 25, is the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. In fact, it's right across the street from the Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Café - complete with a rainbow assortment of brightly and inauthentically colored tipis and the promise of "Indian Tacos."...

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Something Must Change, or Blackfeet Indians Will Freeze to Death

(12) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:03 PM

There are lots of poor people in the United States. But no one community in the U.S. is as poor as the nation's Native Americans.

This week in Browning, Montana, a group of concerned citizens gathered in the Tribal Council Chambers to discuss homeless children on the...

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WWKD? In Banned Books Week? He'd Celebrate Reading!

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:03 PM

In Welcome to the Monkey House, Kurt Vonnegut creates a society that limits population growth by diminishing human desire. The tale is cast in the future, so -- of course -- birth control exists but its use is forbidden. In the future that Vonnegut constructs, society prefers to address real...

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You No Longer Have to Be a Man to Be Somebody

(4) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:28 PM

"You used to have to be a man to be somebody, now you can be a woman and be somebody," so says accomplished psychoanalyst turned prolific author, Alma Bond.

As a child Bond aspired to be an author and an actress -- occupations her working-class family told her would...

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The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 11:37 PM

Announcements played overhead at Chicago Metra stations urged customers to participate in the transit company's drive to collect school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, rulers, glue, crayons, markers, erasers and more. According to a press release dated the 5th of August, Metra is working in cooperation with...

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Paul Ryan Is the Biggest and Latest Threat to American Women and Their Kids

(508) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 2:29 PM

So, the man who pretended to feed the poor at a soup kitchen has released his plan for welfare reform. 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...

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Obamacare Promised to Save Her Life; Her Insurance Company Has Other Ideas

(15) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:08 PM

People who love America love it because of the iconic stereotypes that - with rare exception - actually exist in small towns all across the United States. Each small town has at least one diner or coffee shop where the hamlet's local characters hang out and even though everybody in...

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The Battle of Gettysburg Ain't Over Yet

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:08 PM

One hundred and fifty-one years ago, the Battle of Gettysburg raged-on into the second of three bloody days. By the end of its third day, 45,515 soldiers would be dead, wounded or missing.

For most historians Gettysburg marks the turning point of the war. For most Americans...

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Aging Utilities Killing Americans and Their Future

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:45 PM

About a hundred first responders are meeting in Long Beach, California this week to discuss -- among other things -- the state of the nation's infrastructure. The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Region V local leaders learned from National President, Michael Langford, that the lives of workers and consumers...

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West Virginia's Poisoned River National Park

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Of course Poisoned River National Park doesn't exist in West Virginia. Oh, poisoned rivers exist, but there's no national park named after them. In fact, there's no national park in West Virginia at all.

Folks have tried. They're trying right now for a "Birthplace of Rivers National...

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Voter Suppression: Because if the Poor All Vote, They'll Vote the Bums Out

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Region III of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) convened in Columbus this week. The hall was filled with people who've spent more than their share of time out in the elements making sure the community has the lights on, warmth in the winter, cool in the...

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Heroes for Homeless Kids Celebrate in Aurora

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Late spring 1993, a widow and her three children became homeless. Tyeast Boatwright had managed to get by after her husband's death. She'd had a good job coding pediatric medical records for the University of Chicago, but administrative cuts eliminated her position.

Boatwright was shocked by how long she...

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Save the Economy: Bring U.S. Manufacturing Home

(13) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 6:20 PM

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is meeting up in Pittsburgh this week for it's biannual convention. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a confederation of labor unions, so there are all kinds of folks here. There are steel workers, fire fighters, nurses, teachers, home...

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Who Protects the People Once Their Water's Been Poisoned?

(31) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 5:28 PM

January 9 of this year about 7500 gallons -- more or less -- of crude 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) leaked out of a one-inch hole in a storage container owned by Freedom Industries. The container was about 50 feet away from the Elk River, the water supply for 300,000 West...

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Pres. Obama's One Option: Put Up or Shut Up

(8) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Russia's Federation Council believes sending forces to the Ukraine will help "stabilize" that country and has voted unanimously to allow President Putin to do just that. President Obama's not pleased. Seems the U.S. president doesn't believe that boots on the ground have a stabilizing effect. It seems President...

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Fear And Loathing In West Virginia

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Coffee shop owner Jason Baldwin spent $1,500 last week to replace all the filters in his reverse osmosis machine. Baldwin said that repairing his barista filtration system was the biggest expense he's had following the Freedom Industries chemical spill into the Elk River on January 9th. But Baldwin...

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Housing First Doesn't Work: The Homeless Need Community Support

(10) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Homeless advocates from 36 states are gathering this week at the Beyond Housing Conference sponsored by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH). Institute President and CEO, Ralph DaCosta Nunez, opened the conference by explaining the agency's intent when they named the event. Nunez said, "There is...

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