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The Slow Grip Of Poverty

Carly Paul | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Carly Paul

This is how I came to be in poverty's grip. It was not overnight, and it was not all because of me, and not all because a system that failed me, and not all because of a dysfunctional family, and not all because of overblown capitalism, and not all because of any one thing.

20 Things The Poor Really Do Every Day

Ben Irwin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Ben Irwin

While it's popular to think people are poor because they're lazy, the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us.

My Poverty, Like My Asperger's, Is Not a Myth

Whitney Bradley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Whitney Bradley

I'm lost, suffocating in poverty, and I have a disability that is the primary cause of that. My credit is so bad I can't even get a cell phone contract. I work incredibly hard and I am incredibly skilled. But what I can't do is shake hands and make eye contact all day. And because of that I've been homeless more than a few times.

'I Feel Like We're Climbing A Hill That's About To Give Out Into A Mudslide'

Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Kelly Lingo, 22, a stay-at-home mom and student and her boyfriend, Alex Felkins, 24, are raising their 9-month-old son in the struggling city of Stock...

'It's Dirty Work And It's Often Demeaning Work, But At Least It's Work'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

Vanessa Powell, 29, works full time in a Goodwill warehouse in Seattle for $9.25 an hour. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in b...

'I May Die Broke. I May Get More Poor. I May Turn Around And Get Money Again. I Just Don't Know.'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Carol Sarao, 57, was a successful musician for many years before the economy soured on the music business. For the past seven years, she's worked a se...

'When You Make This Kind Of Money, You Don't Eat Much'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

Bernadette Feazell, 65, works at a pawn shop in Austin, Texas. She's worked there four years and makes $8 an hour, plus commission. I work at Musta...

'Thank God We Don't Have Kids. I Don't Know What We'd Do If We Had Kids.'

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Joanne Van Vranken, 50, lost her salaried job at a market research firm in 2011. After spending 16 months unemployed and seeking full-time work, she t...

The Shame of Our Nation

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Someday we will say, as we should be saying now, that we cannot tolerate the loss of so many young lives. We cannot continue to blame teachers, principals, and schools for our society's collective abandonment of so many children.

Being Poor and Stuff

Mark Rice | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Mark Rice

The notion that American poverty now needs to be viewed primarily in relation to poverty elsewhere, or else the quality of life in the U.S. a hundred years ago, is silly. It ignores the reality of poverty in the United States.

Grand Illusion: Mobility, Inequality, and the American Dream

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

The United States now finds itself at a crossroads: still fervently committed to the American dream, but unwilling to adopt policies that would promote its realization. Put simply, Republicans and Democrats alike want something they cannot have.

Preying on the Poor

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

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.

The State of the Union Is Unequal: 10 Things Presidential Candidates Should Know About Inequality

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 02.13.2012 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

As the presidential campaign heats up, here are ten things the candidates should understand about why extreme inequality is toxic for America.

Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity

Byron Williams | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

If there remains an unspoken Faustian bargain to not hear the cries of the poor, what should we expect when they reach the "Fannie Lou Hamer moment?" Hamer, a civil rights heroine, famously opined: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."

Arthur Delaney

Total Number Of Americans In Poverty Swells To All-Time Record

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Even though the Great Recession technically ended in 2009, incomes fell, poverty rose and the number of Americans without health insuran...

6 Ways To Make A Difference For Poor Americans

Tonic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

One in seven Americans live under the poverty line, according to the latest census data. That doesn't mean they have to live in poverty. Never in the...

More Americans Are Going Hungry : Report

The Washington Post | Amy Goldstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The number of Americans who lack dependable access to adequate food shot up last year to 49 million, the largest number since the government has been ...