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Poverty in America

Politicians Ignore The Working Poor At Their Peril

Eric Sapp | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Eric Sapp

In America, we have always valued how hard a person works over what they have. Our politicians shouldn't be embarrassed to even mention our working poor -- they should be proud of them.

Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to spe...

The Candidates' Calculated Silence About Poverty

Rick D. Axtell | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Rick D. Axtell

One wonders if anyone is listening to the voices of poor people in America. I'd like to see the debates prompt our leaders to respond to American poverty in terms of both policy proposals and values.

Let's Talk Poverty in the Debate

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.02.2012 | Impact
Jim Wallis

Tomorrow night is the first presidential debate. It will undoubtedly be an important moment in the campaign for the highest office in the land. But whose lives will it be important to?

A Toolkit for Building Power

Paul Boden | Posted 09.27.2012 | Impact
Paul Boden

If the past 30 years has taught us anything, it has taught us that America's "approach" to ending homelessness has been miserably ineffective.

Think Again: Ignoring Poverty and Hunger

Eric Alterman | Posted 11.20.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

The choice -- and it is a conscious choice -- to ignore the problems facing poor Americans comes at a moment when those problems are not only multiplying but also as more and more people find themselves either teetering on the abyss of poverty or falling into it entirely.

The Perception Gap

Richard Lui | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Richard Lui

Asian American and Pacific Islanders do so well in gaining acceptance into places like Harvard -- where they make up 21 percent of the class of 2016 -- the suggestion is that all is fine when it comes to education in the AAPI community.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. It also saw Mitt Romney's reaction to the tragic events, which was to the 2012 campaign what John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin was to 2008 -- the kind of desperate act that makes even one's allies worry about their candidate's fitness to lead. It's a bell that cannot be unrung. The week also brought word that over 46 million Americans remained below the poverty line last year, while a new study found that poverty is "nearly invisible in U.S. media coverage of the 2012 election." When you have 46 million people living in poverty and neither the candidates nor the media want to talk about it, you know the American Dream is in serious trouble.

Census Bureau Releases 2011 Poverty Data - Downward Trends Continue

Dan Lesser | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Dan Lesser

The Census numbers paint a picture of continuing high rates of poverty, government programs that provide an essential safety net, a major decline in middle class living standards, and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor that is undermining our economic recovery.

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.

Holding on at the 'Center of Hope'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Every 29 seconds, a child is born into poverty in America. Every 29 seconds. One hundred and twenty-four children every hour. Children like 10-year-old Tyler, five-year-old Keiris, and four-year-old Jerimiah, who live with their mother, Christina Wyatt, 24, in Middletown, Ohio.

New Hunger Data Shows a Generation at Risk

Billy Shore | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Billy Shore

Without the food and nutrition they need to learn and grow, vulnerable children face increased health, education and employment challenges. Simply put, we cannot have a stronger America with weaker kids.

Poverty Must be Tackled But Never Used as an Excuse

Michelle Rhee | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngPoverty presents huge challenges in our schools. But expectations of academic success for a child should never hinge on the circumstances of his or her birth.

'I've Grown Up A Lot Faster Than Everyone Around Me'

Posted 09.05.2012 | Teen

This video is part of "Undroppable," a documentary project from @Jason_Pollock that tells the stories of young people who have overcome significant ob...

Debtors' Prisons Make the Poor Poorer

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

2012-08-27-scblog.pngIncarcerating people for not paying fees they can't afford isn't generating revenue -- it's just creating more government spending. And making it almost impossible for people to rejoin society ensures that people will wind up back in prison.

Recycling Waste, Rebuilding Lives: Eliminating Poverty Through the Clean Economy

Kabira Stokes | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Kabira Stokes

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe notion of job creation as a solution to poverty reduction is nothing new. But what if we could create jobs that are not only sustainable but also help to sustain our planet?

Defending the Social Safety Net

Curtis Skinner, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Curtis Skinner, Ph.D.

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhile some states have responded by enacting damaging cuts to work supports for low-income families, other states with equal or greater fiscal shortfalls have found ways to balance their budgets without compromising their safety nets.

Disabled and Disenfranchised

Rebecca Schleifer | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Schleifer

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngState efforts to restrict voting access have dominated election news this year. What hasn't been mentioned in is their discriminatory impact on people with disabilities.

American Indian Poverty and the Potential of Focusing on Education

Erik Stegman | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Erik Stegman

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe federal government needs to make improving Native education a serious priority. If it can provide a top-notch education to the children of our nation's military families, why can't the same be said for children in tribal communities?

Dismantling the Poverty Trap

Linetta J. Gilbert | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Linetta J. Gilbert

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThere are no silver bullets to end a complex, multi-faceted, and persistent problem like poverty.

Truth About Prison Phones

Clarissa Ramon | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Clarissa Ramon

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAs it stands today, the phone system within state prisons and immigration detention centers exploits one of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. today.

Why Obama Is Losing the Battle Against Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
John Thompson

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhy did President Obama ignore an overwhelming body of education research?

Don't Kick Immigration Reform Down the Road

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngPolitical rhetoric about immigration, especially during presidential election season, makes it easy to accept myths and overlook realities that govern the lives of millions of unauthorized immigrants in the United States.

Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before Sending Humans to Mars -- Some Additional Thoughts

Chris Carberry | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Chris Carberry

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe presidential candidates need to understand that science and technology education is a vital national interest. It is synonymous with a positive future.

The Hidden Victims of Tobacco

Zama Coursen-Neff | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Zama Coursen-Neff

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWorkers absorb tobacco through the skin, especially when the leaves are wet, when the person is working hard, and when surrounding temperatures are hot.