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Poverty Line

The Economics of Abbott and Costello, Part II

Barry Levinson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Barry Levinson

Apparently in many parts of the country, the minimum wage is below the poverty line, so in essence you can be employed, working over 40 hours a week, and still unable to provide a for a family of three. I found this fact perplexing, so I thought I needed the careful logic of Abbott and Costello.

Mostly Rice and Some Beans - Eating Below the Poverty Line

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Home
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

The Live Below the Line campaign from the Global Poverty Project begins on April 28 and during five days, we will eat and drink at a cost of no more t...

What Bait Car Can Teach Us About American Inequality

Jake Weissbourd | Posted 05.28.2014 | Media
Jake Weissbourd

Is a rich person who chooses, not out of necessity, but greed, to break the law less morally reprehensible than the poor person who is literally baited into stealing a car?

Amid Stagnant Poverty Rate, Here Are 7 People Helping Us Out Of This Mess

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Jessica Prois | Posted 09.19.2013 | Impact

The Census report released Tuesday showed that poverty figures have remained abysmally stagnant for six straight years, but the people determined to p...

Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage Now

Ben Mangan | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Mangan

This notion that opportunity should follow hard work is at the heart of the American economic ethos. While I believe in the power of markets, I also believe that the current minimum wage fails to meet a basic standard of reasonableness, and violates American values.

Of Caring and Triceratops, Commitment and Extinction

Brittany Aubin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Brittany Aubin

The sun is shining at South by Southwest as I press an inked stamp of a tyrannosaurus rex onto a woman's forearm. I hand her a flyer and explain we believe in a world where extreme poverty, like dinosaurs, can be extinct.

The Story Of A Hollywood Exec Who Gave It All Up To Help Slum Kids

Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact

Former Hollywood executive Scott Neeson doesn't have a car or a home -- and he couldn’t be happier. Neeson, who once ran Century Fox Internationa...

The Irony of Mitt Romney's 47 Percent

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Here's the irony of Mitt Romney's 47 percent: he hails himself as an economic savior because he knows how to create jobs, yet many of the jobs he had a hand in creating through his work at Bain Capital fall right into that 47 percent.

Why We're Winning The War On Poverty

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business

“We declared war on poverty,” Ronald Reagan famously proclaimed, “and poverty won.” And indeed, as measured by the official poverty rate, ...

Why You're Not Actually Poor

LearnVest | Posted 10.30.2012 | Money
LearnVest

I am sick of hearing about the trials and tribulations of the middle class.

Why I Hate the 'Middle Class' but Love Working Americans

Eric Sapp | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics
Eric Sapp

Republicans are the Party of the Rich. Democrats now fashion ourselves the Party of the "Middle Class." Can anyone think of a group left with no champion? Here's a hint: 20% of Americans with a full time job are getting paid so little that their family of four is still living in poverty.

Why I'm Living on $1.50 a Day

Michael Trainer | Posted 07.11.2012 | Impact
Michael Trainer

Today I am living on $1.50 for all of my food and drink costs. Why? Because 1.4 billion people around the world don't have the option, and because I want to support a friend who showed me how to be a better man, a more gracious leader, and a more inspired human being.

TWITTER SLIDESHOW: Minka Kelly, Nick Lachey, Others, Live On $1.50 A Day For Poverty Awareness

Posted 05.10.2012 | Impact

A new campaign is challenging people to eat just $1.50 worth of food for five days -- as 1.4 billion people currently do every day. Live Below the ...

Opportunity Missed

Amira Mohsen Galal | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Amira Mohsen Galal

Although the early uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt were markedly secular and free of ideology, it was Islamists in both countries that swept the board in recent parliamentary elections. Where did it go wrong for Arab liberal secularists? How can they reconnect with the masses?

The 10 States Taxing The Poor Most

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business

24/7 Wall St.: In an effort to help families work their way out of poverty, most of the United States do not tax the incomes of working-poor families....

New Poverty High: Revised Census Formula Shows 49.1 Million

AP | By HOPE YEN | Posted 01.07.2012 | Impact

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The ranks of America's poor are greater than previously known, reaching a new level of 49.1 million - or ...

Government Aid Keeps Millions Out Of Poverty [GRAPHIC]

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

Prevalent as poverty is in the United States, it'd be a lot worse without government aid. As seen in the below infographic by the Center For Ameri...

Curtis M. Wong

Working To End Poverty In U.S. Communities

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.18.2011 | Impact

Scott Miller wants to eradicate poverty in America by working with one financially struggling family at a time. No doubt this is a challenging pr...

California's Food Stamp Red Tape Leaves Millions Hungry

Sacramento News & Review | Posted 09.01.2011 | Impact

One day last month, Monica Turner received a notice in the mail that tested her usually upbeat personality. Out of work since October and supporting t...

India's Stingy Definition Of Poverty Excludes Millions In Need

AP | MUNEEZA NAQVI | Posted 07.27.2011 | Impact

NEW DELHI — Every day, through scorching summers and chilly winters, Himmat pedals his bicycle rickshaw through New Delhi's crowded streets, ear...

Highlighting the Plight of the Poor

Hugh Evans | Posted 07.20.2011 | Impact
Hugh Evans

The Global Poverty Project welcomed recent questions about our 'Live Below The Line' campaign. Debating the merits of what we do and why we do it is integral to who we are.

Does 'Living Below The Line' Really Help Those In Extreme Poverty?

Posted 07.18.2011 | Impact

May 16 to 20 is The Global Poverty Project's (GPP) 'Live Below the Line' week. The project has challenged participants to eat only $1.50 worth of food...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

(SANTIAGO, CHILE) A surprising number of the conservatives I've met here -- starting with President Piñera -- talk about the goal of eliminating poverty in their country by the end of the decade. The number of U.S. politicians -- including liberal ones -- eager to have that conversation has been dwindling, even as the number of Americans living below the poverty line has been growing (it's now 1 in 7). Piñera exudes a sense of urgency, as though there is not a moment to waste. His line of attack mirrors the approach he took with the trapped Chilean miners. His experts offered him three different strategies to try to get them out. Do all three at the same time, he ordered. "That," he told me, "is what I would do if it were my children in the mine." How different things might be here if our leaders took the same approach to the millions of Americans trapped by the economic crisis.

Does Geography Limit Compassion?

Mark Hanlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Hanlon

When we are tempted by fear to pull back and only look at the statistics at home, it is exactly the time to use "global bifocals." We have the ability to meet needs at home and balance them with the needs of our neighbors far away.

Our Future Looks Poorer

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Being American gives you 1 in 7 chance of being poor.