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Chris Christie's Professed Priorities

Duncan Hosie | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

In Christie's world, taxpayers cannot afford $7.5 million for women's reproductive health care. But these same taxpayers are on the hook for the $7 million bill of his Bridgegate defense lawyers, who charge $350 an hour.

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.

The Top 3 Percent Of Americans Now Hold 54 Percent Of The Country's Wealth

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business

Sept 4 (Reuters) - The gap between the richest Americans and the rest of the nation widened after the Great Recession, a survey by the Federal Reser...

The Contagious Disease of Happiness

Jon Vaughn | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

Being a dad is not always easy, and the life balance of being a single parent teeter-totters between my children's happiness and my own. I've heard parents say, "As long as my children are happy then I am happy." That is false. In order for my children to be happy, I must be happy first.

9 Years After Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and Recovery

Vivian Norris | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Vivian Norris

The group of citizens gathered today alongside the levee which runs the length of the Industrial Canal, in the Lower Ninth Ward, the hardest hit, the place where so many lost their lives. The names written on a banner reminded us of the lives lost.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

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 09.28.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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.