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US Poverty

A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Patience B. Peabody

I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?

Expanding a Culture of Service

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Service is an essential part of our nation's DNA. Throughout our history, volunteers across the country have stepped up to fill a range of critical needs.

Photos Of Waikiki's Homeless Reveal What It's Like To Live On The Streets In Paradise

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

A good night’s sleep in Waikiki is hard to come by for Roberta Huddy. She became homeless about a year ago after losing her job as a guest servic...

The 1% In My Head

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

The belief that money is a reliable measurement of a person's value is not true and causes deep suffering. Money is a wildly inaccurate gauge of character.

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

The CDC's New Initiative on Parasitic Infections

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Coinciding with the publication of a series of articles in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH), the new CDC initiative will prioritize five major parasitic diseases, which are considered neglected because they mainly impact Americans who live in extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States and in degraded urban areas of major US cities.

The New HHS Secretary and America's Neglected Infections of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits -- For Its Own Profit

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.

On George Will, Paul Ryan and Assumptions About Urban Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Yesterday is yesterday, and progress is happening. Nevertheless, George Will's piece about Paul Ryan's comments still carries some assumptions -- assumptions of choice -- at least linked to the past, even while condemning people who hear them as such.

Poverty Less Than .02 Percent of Lead Media Coverage

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Why are media stories on poverty in America so insufficient? Stories that showcase the faces of poverty do not grab the public's attention the way that entertainment, political and economic stories do -- unless poverty stories are controversial or negative, that is.

We Are the Environment

Nikki Silvestri | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Nikki Silvestri

We don't just need to fight against all the things that are broken--carbon pollution, fossil fuels, poverty, and waste. We also need to mend things. We need to build a world that really works; one that we feel good about passing along to our kids and grandkids.

The Power of Global Learning: Making the Foreign Familiar

Angela Jackson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Angela Jackson

How can you hear about or even care about a global economy when your world exists in a five-block radius?

America's New Poverty: The Poverty That Must Be Defeated

Frank Islam | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

In this 50th anniversary year of the initiation of the War on Poverty (War), there has been much discussion about the war and its relative success and failure. There has been far too little attention paid, however, to America's new poverty.

Five Things I Learned By Listening To Americans In Need

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

This past year, we've been asking low-income adults what's getting in they way as they strive to reach their goals. By simply listening, we've learned a lot about what Americans in need need to reach stability.

Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

Robert Reich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

America's savage inequality is the main reason equal opportunity is fading and poverty is growing. Since the "recovery" began, 95% of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, and median incomes have dropped. This is a continuation of the trend we've seen for decades.

Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

With post offices and postal workers already on the ground, USPS could partner with banks to make a critical difference for millions of Americans who don't have basic banking services because there are almost no banks or bank branches in their neighborhoods.

In the War on Poverty, Don't Forget Refugees

Jill Koyama, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Jill Koyama, Ph.D.

While the Act directs the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide all refugees with English language education, this rarely happens because of a lack of universal funding to local resettlement agencies that provide the education.

I Was a Covert Agent in the War on Poverty

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Frances Moore Lappe

Okay, I didn't wear a hidden mic. (Did they have those in '67?) I didn't don gloves to mask my fingerprints that hot summer in Philly. But, I was truly an infiltrator, a provocateur-for-progress in the War on Poverty declared 50 years ago this month.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, America finally turned its attention to the urgent problem of its bridges -- or at least one bridge. As a media storm erupted over a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, accountability for our nation's crumbling infrastructure continued to cruise right by. Maybe we could divert some of those lanes of outrage toward the fact that nearly 80,000 American bridges are falling apart. This week also marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. From 1964 to 1973, the poverty rate fell from 19 to 10 percent. But over the ensuing years, it's climbed to 15 percent, as the War on Poverty has become a War on Poor People. An estimated 6.8 million people could put poverty in their rear view mirror with a proposed increase of the minimum wage to $10.10. But like a "traffic study" on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, our leaders' desire to truly fight a war on poverty seems endlessly stalled.

The New Debate About Poverty

David Beckmann | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
David Beckmann

This week, the United States marked 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared War on Poverty. Many politicians and media are asking whether past efforts to reduce poverty have been successful. Even more importantly, some leaders in both parties are proposing fresh strategies to tackle poverty in America.

Poverty in America: A Roundtable Discussion

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Among my guests was Greg Kaufmann, who writes about poverty for The Nation magazine. In the clip below, he shares his views about whether -- 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared War on Poverty -- there is anything President Obama can do to further the cause.

The War on Poverty and a New Vision for the Future

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

That's because I know -- from my own personal experience, and from the work we've been doing at the Family Independence Initiative -- that this country already has what it needs to reduce poverty. We just have to open our eyes to it.

America's 'New' Diseases of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Today the poorest people living in our nation still suffer from a group of diseases linked to extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States. Many of them will be afflicted with neglected tropical diseases. Are we ready?

This Is What Poverty Would Look LIke If The GOP Had Its Way

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty. Though far from over, and labeled a failure by Republicans...

Two-Generation Voices for 2014 and Beyond

Anne Mosle | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Anne Mosle

"I think the biggest thing for me is trying to figure out how I am going to take care of myself and how I am going to set my children up for success."...