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Pat LaMarche
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.

Pat's back in the trenches working at Carlisle C.A.R.E.S., an emergency homeless shelter that serves people experiencing the most desperate forms of homelessness.

Entries by Pat LaMarche

Make America Great Again, My Ass.

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 12:28 PM

You may recognize Donald Trump's campaign slogan, Make America Great Again. But what he really means by reinvigorating xenophobia, racism, classism, and all around hatin' on folks who ain't exactly like the poor white folk who think of themselves as true Americans, is making America what it's always been.

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Friendship is a Game for Two: Kurt Vonnegut's Love for Joe Petro

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 6:18 PM

I don't know either of these men well. In fact, I was only in the same room with Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. once in my life: When he spoke to a standing room only crowd at the University of Maine, back in the last century. But despite my lack of personal...

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God Hates John Kasich

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 8:34 AM

John Kasich must be asking himself why God hates him so much. If he were just losing to Cruz or Rubio, two men he is head and shoulders above in experience and intellect, he might think The Almighty was only mildly miffed at him. But NO! He's losing by miles...

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Eat Cat Food, Trump!

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 10:37 PM

The varying aspects of poverty in the United States don't surprise me much, anymore. There was a time, when I first traveled the nation, living in homeless shelters, that I was surprised on a daily basis. Now, after numerous cross-country trips, after years and years of...

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Sister Simone: Part Joy, Part Stomach Acid

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:08 PM

When Sister Simone Campbell hopped in the van at O'Hare airport, she admitted she'd never been to Joliet, Illinois and knew nothing about the place. Diane Nilan, advocate for homeless children and director of Hear Us - the organization she founded to raise awareness about the plight of...

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Brazen Republican Message: It's Cool to Be Cruel

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 6:34 AM

This past week's FOX primetime debate showcased 10 well-fed stuffed suits bloviating about their talents. A defensive Donald Trump insisted that America's angry because of political correctness. Using this to justify his history of churlish commentary about women, he and the rest of the onstage boys club ratcheted up their...

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The Lesson of Gay Marriage

(70) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Thanks to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) every gay person who wanted to get married in the United States should have had the chance to, by now. The longest waiting period in the nation - a requirement in both Minnesota and Wisconsin - is only...

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Nixon's Domino Theory Was Right

(5) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:54 AM

It's graduation season and nearly two million undergrads will receive their diplomas this year. While campuses all across the nation groom themselves for commencement, one university reels from the weight of another commemoration.

Last week at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, hundreds of visitors flocked...

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A Tale of Two Pretties

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Dickinson College sophomore, Stephanie Applegate, is a double major concentrating on public policy and Spanish. As part of her public policy curriculum, she stayed at Carlisle CARES homeless shelter in central Pennsylvania. Over the course of two weeks, Stephanie and her classmates each gathered enough blankets...

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Lessons from the Battlefield

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 12:42 PM

At just about sunrise in the sleepy little town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, mommies and daddies, babies and school kids, veterans and old folks start walking the streets looking for a place to go. Many will drag their suitcases through town and head for Carlisle CARES resource center. The...

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Hoosier Reputation: Taking a Beating

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 2:34 PM

A few days ago, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed a Homeless Bill of Rights (HBR) passed by the City-County Council with a vote of 16 to 13. Indianapolis made headlines around the globe as the first U.S. city to protect the rights -- and consequently, the property --...

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Tuskegee Experiments' Legacy: Blacks Still Dying of Curable Diseases

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Almost exactly seven years ago, on February 28, 2008, Penn State Assistant Track Coach, Fritz Spence, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Five months after his diagnosis, following Fritz's second failed round of chemotherapy, Wade Spence donated marrow to his brother. Statistically speaking, Fritz's odds...

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Sandusky, Paterno Legacy: Punishing the Innocent Some More

(105) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 7:22 PM

After Penn State's former assistant football coach got caught for sexually assaulting boys involved in the charity he supported and after the nation digested the horror that his iconic boss, Joe Paterno, knew about it, a whole bunch of innocent athletes, alumni, and fans took a humiliating beating...

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If President Obama Fails Veterans This Time, It's Probably Your Fault

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 9:05 AM

2015 promises to be a big year -- especially if President Obama and former Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki make good on their promise to end homelessness among veterans by December 31.

If you listen to the pabulum spewed by countless politicians and their...

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

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 8:06 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

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 7:58 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 | 12:03 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 | 6:29 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 | 1:03 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 | 4:03 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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