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Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

It was 1983 I was running a counseling program for refugees from the Vietnam War. My social worker and I had just left what I thought was a great counseling session with Myong, a single mom from Vietnam who raising three kids on her own.

The Death Of The American Dream, Explained In Legos

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business

The above video featuring Richard V. Reeves, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, is part of an interactive feature that Brookings published We...

You Can Blame Student Debt for America's Inequality and Shrinking Middle Class

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

There is a tendency among elite opinion makers to believe that debt accrued while gaining a college degree is "good debt" that isn't problematic. Sadly, like many pundit platitudes, this assertion is grounded in fantasy, not fact.

We Have to Drive Tech Innovation to Drive Social Mobility

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Technology innovation can help drive social mobility. But that doesn't happen in a vacuum. Real choices about resources, regulations, access -- and even what we define as innovative -- help or hinder.

Anger vs. Passion - #FactsOnly

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.01.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

If we are going to talk solutions, we need to clearly understand the problems; and when people talk about society, progress and injustice, the numbers don't lie.

Free Higher Education Is a Human Right

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Social mobility in the United States is at or near its lowest point in modern history. A nation that prides itself on the "only in America" myth has fallen far behind other countries in this, the primary measurement of an equal-opportunity society. In the midst of this class ossification, higher education remains a powerful tool for social mobility.

More than Black and White in NYC

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.12.2014 | New York
Howard Steven Friedman

Inequality is a critical issue globally, nationally and locally. It was the single defining issue of candidate de Blasio, although more than one observer noted that his campaign was strong on rhetoric and short on plans.

Our Kids, Our Future

Jane Williams | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

In one of his last interviews before disappearing to write his next book, Robert Putnam spoke with Jane Williams on Bloomberg EDU about the growing gap in social mobility among U.S. children.

Fixing the Economy Through Collective Bargaining

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The reality is that there are fewer rich people in the US then many would have you believe and regardless of effort the majority of those that make it big already had a seat reserved by their parents before they got there.

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Who Will Care for Our Children This Christmas?

Clark Power | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clark Power

In Scrooge's comfortable moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children. The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals that these wretched children belong to him and to us all. "They are Man's." These are our children, and we are all responsible for their future, which is ours.

Stuck in the New York City Snow

Cody Lyon | Posted 02.21.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

On every corner of this earth, life deals all manner of complicated cards. Although some may see a snowy evening in New York City as an enchanted evening that allows reflection or the chance to live out an old classic movie, some may experience just an inch of snow as a horrifying event.

Income Inequality and Campaign Money: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

In these days of record-breaking-spending legislators and aspiring politicians, regardless of party, pursue campaign dollars from high-income donors as a matter of simple political survival. They follow the advice of Willie Sutton who, when asked why he robbed banks said, "that's where the money is."

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Michael Shank | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.

Why America Should Not Tolerate Low Pay for Fast Food Workers

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The meager wages that fast food workers are paid in the United States compared to other parts of the Western world reveals much about where our national interests lie and the degree of pro-government involvement with the corporate world.

The Truth About Income Mobility in Atlanta: Why the American Dream Is Alive in Our City

Kasim Reed | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Kasim Reed

The serious problems caused by intergenerational poverty, stagnant wages and lack of opportunity are ones that we, as a nation, have ignored for too long at our own peril.

Solving the Student Loan Crisis Is Only the First Step

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Congress will likely hammer out some sort of deal on student loans, which Republicans will love and Democrats will be forced to swallow, but it's worth considering whether we view education in entirely the wrong way here in America.

We Know Geography Matters Too Much: It's Time to Change That

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

All too often your zip code determines your economic destiny. This harsh reality contradicts our cherished belief in the American Dream -- that we are a country that rewards hard work with a better life for each successive generation.

Strengthening America's Communities From the Inside Out: Celebrating the 2013 Torchlight Prize Winners

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Whether rallying collective voices to create positive action on an issue, or creating lasting and long-term opportunities for young people, remarkable things do happen when self-organized groups of people stand up in support of one another.

Helping the Kids: Wealthy Families and Declining Social Mobility

Chuck Collins | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Chuck Collins

Who is responsible for inequality? Is it the 1 percent, soaking up the lion's share of national income and wealth? Or the failure of people in the 99% to boost their earnings to get sufficient education and skills to compete in the labor market?

The Social Mobility Fairytale

Daniel Luzer | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Daniel Luzer

It's true that income inequality has grown dramatically in last 30 years in United States, but social mobility? In truth it doesn't appear that ever changes much at all.

How Are Communities Better Off When They Work Together?

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Social networks play a critical, though often unappreciated, role in people's efforts to improve their lives. In my work at the Family Independence In...

Hands On, Hands Up, Hands Off: Our Necessary Social Contract Debate

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America used to be a land where we took care of our own. Times are changing. Today, some would have the weakest and most vulnerable among us tighten their belts, lower their expectations, and take care of themselves.

Why We Don't Need A Second 'War On Poverty' (At Least Not Now)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

We don't need a national discourse on poverty but a shift in attention away from disadvantage toward an examination of the concentrated advantages provided to those already flourishing in our society. It then becomes clear that it is not only poverty but inequality that plagues the poor.

Is Social Mobility Ending in America?

Varun Anand | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Varun Anand

Education is no longer the great American equalizer, and in order to effectively level the playing field, those for whom the odds were in their favor should give back to the school system and assist the disadvantaged in breaking the odds that are so dauntingly stacked against them.