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Getting to Higher Moral Ground

Street Sense | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Street Sense

It's sad when you think about it to see people living on the streets and in shelters for long parts of their lives. Yet we live in a world where profit is placed over people. Here in the West we will never see housing as a human right, something that builds family and community.

Protecting the Lasting Achievement of Medicaid

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson ushered in a new American era, creating a social compact that would withstand generations when he signed two hallmark health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, into law.

'Dad, Are We Poor?'

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

My son has already been subject to terms like "foreclosure" and "bankruptcy," and he'll see his parents constantly struggle to make ends meet. While others use their tax returns and bonuses to go on vacations, he'll see us use that money to catch up on the never-ending debt.

Poor Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Poor Hillary? I don't think so. I think she's perhaps a little surprised at which particular aspect of her life is now being attacked (if she had a cartoon thought bubble over her head right now, it might read: "This is all you got? Really?!?"), but I don't think she's surprised the attacks have started.

How Do You Spell 'Success'?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 06.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

It behooves us to rethink our own personal definition of success lest we be drawn into the prevailing view of our society. Feelings of true happiness and success come from deep and loving relationships which bring peace, fulfillment, and life satisfaction that is our real psychological wealth.

Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Sojourners, a national Christian organization, is celebrating more than 40 years of faith in action for social justice.

Words Rich People Use That Poor People Don't

Gina Barreca | Posted 06.25.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

There are lots of terms underprivileged tots don't know as well as their upper-class counterparts and I'm not sure reading to them will truly close the gap. How about giving their parents more access to well-paying, stable jobs?

There Are 400 Million More People In Poverty Than Previously Believed

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact

A new study more accurately reflecting "the actual lives of the poor" has been released, and the numbers are not worth celebrating. According to t...

The 17 Best Things About Being Broke As Hell

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.19.2014 | Comedy

It's harder to make a living in some cities more than others. But the truth is, from New York City to Honolulu, being broke is universal. Most of us a...

Radical Grace: U.S. Nuns Honor Vow by Challenging the Vatican

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

Although the Vatican attempted to rein in American nuns for pushing "radical feminist themes," its efforts have been less than successful. Recogni...

Post-Automation: What Does Poor Mean?

David Sable | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
David Sable

The rich get richer and the poor get bigger televisions. In a recent article in the New York Times, "Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far ...

Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter Word

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

What does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined? Let's start with the dictionary. According to the p...

What Happens After Easter: Living the Life of Hope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Long after the colored eggs are eaten, and the Easter bonnets stored away, the message remains that, as followers of Jesus, we are freed to work for liberation and freedom, do justice and seek peace and wholeness in his name.

5 Reasons 'Poverty Porn' Empowers The Wrong Person

Emily Roenigk | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Emily Roenigk

We need to pause and ask ourselves whether it is ethical to depict the graphic qualities of a human being to Western audiences for the sole purpose of eliciting an emotional experience and ultimately, money.

What Scripture Tells Us About the Minimum Wage

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II

Our common scriptures present a vision of shared responsibility, commanding that we care for the vulnerable among us -- this includes endowing the notion of work with an inherent dignity.

World Vision: The Poor, the Gay, and the Wisdom of Solomon

Robert Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Robert Hall

When we draw lines in the sand to separate us from other believers and from the poor we purport to serve, we are like two people on the side of a swimming pool fighting over doctrine while a child goes under for the third time.

When Given the Opportunity, Extreme Poor Take Destiny Into Their Own Hands

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

According to the International Labor Organization, only 20 percent of the world's population has adequate social security coverage such as a pension or health insurance and more than half lack any coverage at all.

The Rich Aren't Rich Because They Work Harder. They Work Harder Because They're Rich!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The path to financial stability is harder to navigate than it has been in almost a century. And yet, the 99 percent forge ahead unappreciated by the fortunate few who reap the profits and call themselves deserving.

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

New Report: More Working Mothers Are Low-Income; State Actions Needed

Brandon Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

State governments have significant authority and opportunity to assist low-income working families with children... if they have the will.

The War On The Poor (VIDEO)

Robert Reich | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

2014-02-07-ScreenShot20140207at12.55.58PM.pngMost Americans are on a downward escalator. Median household pay is dropping, adjusted for inflation. A smaller share of working-age Americans are in jobs than at any time in the last three decades.

Addiction, Poverty and the Myth of Willpower

Jen Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Simon

The discourse surrounding addicts and their culpability in their addiction is remarkably similar to the discourse surrounding the poor and their culpability in their poverty. Believing an addict is to blame for their addiction is a fundamentally conservative philosophy.

How Do We Evaluate Republicans' Discovery of Poverty?

Thomas White | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

Should they be praised for bringing up the issue at all, regardless of their proposals' shortcomings? Does paying lip service to an issue mean anything if a party's track record is backwards or they've long been silent about the issue?

The Finger-Pointing Caucus: Rich Congress, Poor Americans

Margie Omero | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Predictably, recent celebrations of the anniversary of the War on Poverty, votes to extend unemployment insurance, discussions of a minimum wage hike,...

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.