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

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.09.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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 02.19.2014 | 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."...

Income Inequality in 2014

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Income inequality is different from poverty, an issue that is often discussed by politicians. These discussions, until this year, tended to frame poverty as an isolated issue growing out of individual or collective failings. Income inequality is different because it suggests that the problem is structural and deeply embedded in our larger economic system.

Jessica Prois

What Christmas Is Like For A Working Poor Family Living On $10,000 A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Rachel Britton had hoped to buy a ham for her family this Christmas. It didn't even have to be perfectly glazed or have all the fixings. But she wo...

Bloomberg Project Wastes Millions While 22,000 New York Children Remain Homeless -- What Will de Blasio Do?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.11.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

An expensive human scandal surrounds us. Thirty-three less prosperous countries take better care of their children than we do. It's unreal, it's shocking.

Minimum Wage

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Raising Minimum Wage a Good Start, But Area Legislators Should Be Bolder

Nicola Goren | Posted 02.03.2014 | DC
Nicola Goren

We live in a region that consistently makes "best" lists -- 50 Best Cities, Best Cities to Find a Job. The truth is, those lists only apply to some of our community's residents. For others, this has become an increasingly difficult place to live with resources that are always just out of reach.

Thanksgiving Resolution

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

After the recent cut, people receiving food stamps get an average of less than $1.40 per meal. That certainly doesn't buy a Thanksgiving dinner, but it also doesn't provide enough to put food on the table all month long.

Here's Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

Linda Tirado | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn't give us much reason to improve ourselves.