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Pat LaMarche
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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.

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

(422) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 1:29 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 | 2:08 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 | 12:08 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 | 6:45 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 | 10:49 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 | 10:24 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 | 11:50 AM

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 | 5:20 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 | 4:28 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 | 4:04 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 | 5:27 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 | 4:39 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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What Would Mary Do?

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 3:23 PM

The Black Friday numbers came in a week or so ago. Shopping's down, spending's down and the per capita expenditures are down. Retail spin-doctors cite a whole host of reasons the numbers might be headed south. Nestled in among the, "Gee Virginia, don't depend on Santa Claus," rallying...

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Homeless Girls Face Violence and Illness

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:58 PM

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless website reminds the reader that the majority of people living in poverty are women. And despite the fact that "there has never been a single year on record when women living in poverty did not outnumber their male counterparts," the stereotypical homeless...

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Food Service Workers Without Healthcare: Bon Appetite

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:01 PM

This week -- in the midst of the government shut down over the Affordable Care Act -- the New York Times ran a number of graphs and tables that explained where the poor and those lacking health insurance live and work.

Now if you don't like math...

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Homeless Advocates Cooperating: It's an Art Form

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:09 PM

The Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness was this week in Austin. More than 400 homeless advocates -- from shelter directors to student liaisons -- came together to update their certifications, learn from each other, and recharge their spent fuel cells.

Ken Martin, executive director of the

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Winston Needs a Bike

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 9:11 AM

When Bloomberg Businessweek's online global economics journal tells you, "The plight of the young, black man is worse than you think," it's got to be time to take notice. Businessweek isn't some bleeding heart, liberal, do-gooder rag. No, it's a bona fide, hardcore, dollars and cents financial analysis...

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Buy President Obama a History Book

(8) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 10:05 AM

"My fellow Americans, for nearly seven decades, the United States has been the anchor of global security. This has meant doing more than forging international agreements -- it has meant enforcing them. The burdens of leadership are often heavy, but the world is a better place because we have borne...

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Gitmo Detainees Likely to Inherit Kingdom of Heaven

(22) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 10:04 AM

The five pillars of Islam are pilgrimage, alms giving, profession of faith, prayer and fasting. And the last Christian Beatitude promises, "Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Perhaps that's why it's so fitting that I've partnered with a minister to...

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Two Senators Say They'll Rebuild Tax Code to Our Specifications

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Washington Post columnist, E.J. Dionne, Jr. wrote that this week's nice-playing in the U.S. Senate "represents a major advance for those who want government to do its job." And by do its job, he means stop obstructing what the other side proposes and entertain the will and the...

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