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American Poverty

Nick Wing

Here's The Painful Truth About What It Means To Be 'Working Poor' In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

In a nation that has long operated on the principle that an "American Dream" is available to anyone willing to try hard enough, the term "working poor" may seem to have a bright side.

Rawls in the Real World

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth Mason

More than 40 years after he published his seminal work A Theory of Justice, the debate continues about the logic and desirability of subscribing to his worldview. We need debate no longer: we should all be Rawlsians now.

I'm a Member of the American 'Used-to-Haves'

Kathleen Ann | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Ann

I'm not a "Never Had." I know what it's like to pay bills on time and have a little left over. I remember vacations and pedicures and going out to dinner. As a "Used-to-Have," I know exactly what Corporate America, lobbyists and politicians have taken away from me.

I Am The New Working Poor And I'm Not Alone

Dennis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

I am the new working poor. The "better life" that my parents worked so hard to make for me, that I worked so hard to improve, had come down to this decision: whether to purchase food for my belly or the medication to prevent another stroke.

This Is What It's Like To Work Full Time And Still Be Poor

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics

When working hard simply is not enough. When you are told time and time again that you do not have the right qualifications for a job. When you are li...

More Than 1 In 10 Americans Who Work Full Time Are Still Poor

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A good job may be hard to find in this tepid recovery, but low-wage work still abounds. Whether it's washing dishes, serving Big Macs or folding sweat...

The Poverty of America's New Prosperity

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

The only way for our nation to regain its economic and democratic vitality in the years to come is to acknowledge the inherent poverty of America's new prosperity -- a prosperity for only the very few that is inherently anti-democratic and insidious. We can do much better.

American Poverty: The Way It Was and Our Own 30 Million

Dan Agin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Agin

It's a pity that more than a hundred years ago middle and upper class Americans were more exposed to American poverty than they are now.

Attacking the Hunger Epidemic -- And Winning

Floyd Hammer | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Floyd Hammer

We are a nation of vast wealth and resources, but sadly, Congress only seems to posture on the issue of hunger. But much more can, and will, be done by concerned American citizens and nonprofits dedicated to lowering the number of those who go to bed at night hungry.

The Real Values Of The U.S. Poor

Bloomberg View | Andrew Kohut | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

Bloomberg View: The booming stock market is of little solace to middle-class Americans, who continue to express concern about their financial secur...

U.S. Poverty Even Worse Than We Thought

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — The ranks of America's poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account med...

We Need a New War on Poverty -- Not the Same Old War on the Poor

Allan Brawley | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Did millions of Americans suddenly become lazy? If you are to believe a recent Republican campaign statement, you might believe it.

The Ranks of America's Poor

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

It's very easy to look at the numbers and think only in abstract terms. But I prefer to think in concrete terms -- what do those figures mean when considering what someone needs to live?

Perceptions of Poverty

Jeremy Everett | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Jeremy Everett

Unfortunately, the norm I have witnessed in impoverished communities throughout the U.S. is that people are working very hard but are unable to get ahead.

Obama Condones Same-Sex Marriage; When Will He Condemn Poverty?

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Tavis Smiley believes America has the power to completely eradicate poverty amongst its citizens in a little as ten years. He questions how America could allow the dreams of its people to transform into a nightmare.

Where the unemployment rate is 70%

nytimes.com | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

This sprawling Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a Connecticut-sized zone of prairie and poverty, where the have-nots are defined less by the money the...

Poor People Turned To Desperate Measures When Welfare Failed Them

nytimes.com | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business

PHOENIX -- Perhaps no law in the past generation has drawn more praise than the drive to "end welfare as we know it," which joined the late-'90s econo...

Tom Zeller Jr.

For America's Least Fortunate, The Grip Of Poverty Spans Generations

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business

PITTSBURGH -- In the basement of Hill House, a community center just outside of this city's bustling downtown, Brooklyn Davis clutches a plastic fork ...

Who Will Feed the Children?

Renee Parsons | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Since Ted Kennedy's passing, not one member of Congress out of 525 has stepped up to champion poor children -- not one bleeding heart liberal, not one self-proclaimed Christian has come forward to be the voice for homeless and hungry children.

Starting the Right Conversations About Hunger

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

American families are struggling, and their needs must have a place in our legislation and our budget dialogues. But sadly, they are too many times, pushed aside.

Where Is the American Dream Today?

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

The poor are getting poorer. They are increasingly being isolated into ever-poorer neighborhoods, which makes it that much harder to break out.

The New Face Of American Poverty Is Often A Child's

Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service OAKTOWN, Ind. (RNS) Eleven-year-old Sarai Camacho of Donna, Texas, tears up when she tells why her m...

Gallup: More Americans Are Struggling To Eat Than Chinese

Posted 12.12.2011 | Business

Millions of Americans are currently weathering the effects of a slow economic recovery. Many Chinese, meanwhile, find themselves struggling less to ke...

Study: Recession Pushed 25 Percent Of Young U.S. Children Into Poverty

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

Twenty-five percent of very young children in America are living in poverty, according to an analysis of Census data released Thursday. The number...

America Can't Be Saved From the Top

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 10.18.2011 | Black Voices
Rev. Jesse Jackson

America can't be saved from the top down. The ship is leaking from the bottom. The debates on the campaign trail and in Washington must not continue to focus on topside staterooms while ignoring the damage below.