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Reporting Live: The Truth About Hunger

Holly Morris | Posted 02.10.2014 | DC
Holly Morris

One in three children in Washington, D.C. lives in a home where there simply is not enough food for them to eat. That means they go to bed hungry. They wake up hungry. They go to school hungry.

D.C. Must Plan a Way to Serve Minor Children on Freezing Nights

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 12.16.2013 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

From February to May of 2013, one local youth service provider turned away at least 150 unaccompanied minor children due to lack of emergency shelter space, many of whom also had children of their own.

For Want of a Toilet, a Life Will Be Lost

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 10.06.2013 | DC
Amy L. Freeman

The reasons that people experiencing homelessness are tremendously medically vulnerable are both physical and psychological, the factors quite complex. But there is that solution to the equation: Housing as healthcare.

Please Keep Your Bellbottoms: What Not to Give

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Does the organization on the other end wash these? Will someone fix that zipper? Isn't a warm coat with a broken zipper than no coat at all?

Mayor's Proposal Will Allow Guns in Shelter: It's Time for a Ceasefire

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 07.09.2013 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

The Mayor cannot be so entrenched in his position that he is willing to allow a bill to become law that would allow guns, drugs, and violence in shelters with no consequences.

D.C.'s Millionaire Tax Shelter: Out-of-State Bonds

Ed Lazere | Posted 07.07.2013 | DC
Ed Lazere

A concern about protecting retirees who rely on out-of-state bonds makes sense. But using that argument to protect a tax shelter for multi-millionaires does not.

Passover: Matzah and Reflection

Grace Lichaa | Posted 05.25.2013 | DC
Grace Lichaa

The story of Passover is a reminder that it is our responsibility to advocate for those who are oppressed and to write their story of liberation.

Cindy Adams Compares D.C. to Islamabad: Has She Actually Been Here?

Erin Ruberry | Posted 04.03.2013 | DC
Erin Ruberry

When I first read Cindy Adams' diatribe against Washington, D.C. (the "District of Crapola"), I just had to say, "Wait, what?" You see, the D.C. described by Adams little resembles the city I've called home for most of my life.

NYT Magazine Article Misleads on Washington 'Economic Boom'

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Sheldon C. Good

It's high time we acknowledge the plight of poor and working people, and it's high time we come alongside and empower them. A true "economic boom" should start from the bottom and work its way up.

New Council Can Turn the Corner for Children

Judith Sandalow | Posted 03.12.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I urge every member of the D.C. Council to refresh your commitment to the District's children and families so that we can all turn the corner together and no one is left behind. Please set a goal of improving our entire city, not just the reputation of the council.

Sleeping on the Streets to End Teen Homelessness

Daniel J. Brannen | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
Daniel J. Brannen

She was homeless, terrified and had nowhere left to turn -- and couldn't have been more than 14 years old. She'd never sought help or shelter before-- she'd never been homeless before. But she was lost.

Ignore the Young, Forget the Old

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Why it is that the poor don't matter? We all know why: because the poor aren't "likely voters" and the poor aren't big campaign donors. It's really that simple. And that's sickening.

Investing in Education, Workforce Development and the Safety Net Will Close the Income Gap

Terri Lee Freeman | Posted 05.19.2012 | DC
Terri Lee Freeman

Ours is a region of breathtaking wealth and heartbreaking poverty. While our region's economy has led to economic prosperity for many on the middle and higher rungs of the ladder, residents on the bottom are being left behind.

Our Continued Struggle With Poverty

David Catania | Posted 02.14.2012 | DC
David Catania

The real solution to chronic unemployment and exclusion from economic security is to constantly and creatively implement public policies and programs that chip away at the walls that poverty has created in our communities.

New Census Data: 110,000 D.C. Residents Live Below Poverty Line

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.23.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this week, nation's capital was crowned the sixth-best city in the United States to live in by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The magaz...

The Agenda We Left Behind

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Patricia McGuire

After September 11, who could dare speak of the need to reinvigorate the War on Poverty, what with the War on Terror consuming most of our fiscal and emotional resources? A decade later, the region remains divided, unconscionably so.