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War-On-Poverty Debate Largely Ignores Employer Role

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Just as we ignore the role of the workplace as a player in reducing poverty, we also tend to focus on abusive workplaces for low-income workforce. To be sure, those are important stories. But we should also focus and reward those that are good.

Why Are Most Latinos Not Prepared for Retirement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.

Study: Cutting Food Stamps Would Cost, Not Save

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Proposed slashes to monthly food stamp programs could cost more than they save, suggests a University of California, San Francisco study linking limit...

A Step in the Right Direction: The Strong Start for America's Children Act

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Lawmaking aligned with the science of early childhood last month when Senator Tom Harkin, Representative George Miller and Representative Richard Hann...

Will We Act to Save All Our Children and Our Nation's Future? We Can!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When a majority of all American fourth and eighth grade public school students can't read or do math at grade level, including almost three quarters of Black and Latino students, we are continuing to allow a system that serves and saves just a few children and starves many others.

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.

Kids Have To Think About Work-Life Balance Too

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. 20 year-old Jonathan Anabo takes on many ...

Washington's Historic Opportunity to Help Low Income Americans

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Following an extended government shutdown and the ugly showdown over the federal debt ceiling, both parties need to find bipartisan solutions to critical problems in order to rehabilitate their credibility with the American public.

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

The Power of Limitations

Derek Snook | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

As the founder of In Every Story, I've decided to experiment with limitations. I've moved back into transitional housing at the Star Gospel Mission and I'm planning on living on the same wage our workers make, $8 an hour or $262 weekly after taxes.

New Census Data Underscores Why Movement to Boost Wages Must Succeed

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

History has taught us that the nation does better when we have a strong middle class. We need bold changes in public policy to reverse the rising tide of income inequality.

Penalizing The Poor

Dr. Antonio Pérez | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Dr. Antonio Pérez

The bottom line is that because of the changes in eligibility and the shortfalls for Pell Grants, millions of low-income students will never even apply to college, scared away by the cost -- with good reason.

The Republican War on Women: A Red Herring

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.

The Most Important Thing I've Ever Done Had Nothing to Do With Me

Ise Lyfe | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Ise Lyfe

One morning I wake up to an email from a super renowned contemporary art museum in LA. This was a very important person type of email, you see...

Threatening to 'Reform' the Earned Income Tax Credit

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The more I hang around the DC tax debate, the more I'm exposed to deeply misguided thinking that seems largely motivated by the conviction that poor people -- in this case, the working poor -- have too much money and the wealthy have too little.

Asking the Right Questions

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

There is nothing abstract about poverty. It's an in-your-face reality that never, ever lets up. It touches people a thousand different ways every day. That gives us a thousand opportunities to help, to ameliorate the effects of poverty on families.

Building to Spring

Katharine Dixon | Posted 07.16.2013 | DC
Katharine Dixon

The fluctuating temperatures may make it difficult to tell that it's spring. That's why some locals peg spring's arrival to the blossoms, but here in Alexandria, we know it's tied to National Rebuilding Day -- the ultimate sign of renewal and revitalization.

The Hidden Risk to America's Affordable Housing, and How We Can Solve It

Jeremy Hays | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Jeremy Hays

At a time when more and more Americans are struggling to get by, affordable housing has never been more important. It's what keeps more than one milli...

College Decision Time: Preparing Low-Income Students for Higher Education

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.23.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

College preparation should start earlier and should address the material barriers -- students need to see the whole college puzzle, not just the pieces for their application.

For Impact Investments, First Understand What Target Segments Really Need

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Don't assume you know what customers want. You need to genuinely ask them. Better yet, you need to engage in a real dialogue, observe daily behaviors, and design an open-minded, joint discovery process.

From Trailer Park to Corporate Executive: One Woman's Path to Personal and Professional Success

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Her childhood in the trailer park taught her grit, persistence, follow-through, and ambition to be her best and do her best. She is a role model for women everywhere, especially those growing up in trailer parks without a family member who has gone to college.

State Eligibility Changes Not Major Factor in SNAP's Growth

Stacy Dean | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Stacy Dean

SNAP's growth shows that the program is working as designed -- to provide a temporary safety net to families struggling in a weak economy.

How Can Low-Income Students Succeed?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Poverty is complex, but one tool that is known to crack the poverty cycle is an education. Although many low-income parents may want their child to go to college, they may not know how to get them there.

Low-Wage Workers Feel Worse Off Now That During Recession

AP | TOM RAUM and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession – but few are bragging. As...

Why Aren't Low-Income Students Succeeding in School?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Academic challenges are often deep-seeded and begin in primary and secondary school, which when left unaddressed, often leads to remediation at the postsecondary level.