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Working Class

Making a Difference: Helping a Million People Find Jobs

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Rayanne Thorn

Being a single mother of four who barely survived under-employment, I worked through poverty. Even so, I lost my home to foreclosure and almost every ounce of dignity and self-respect in the process.

The Best Gift He Never Gave Me

Naomi Mac Millan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Naomi Mac Millan

My fiance and I are among the many Americans who live "paycheck to paycheck." We're not on or below the poverty line, and we aren't unemployed. Yet, w...

238 Years Later, The Battle Still Rages On

Mike Lux | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Our politicians and our policies have ill-served most of the working families in this country for way too long now, and it is time to turn that around. The battle over whether the working class will be included in the American idea invented by Jefferson and those others in Philadelphia 238 years ago this week still rages on.

Words Rich People Use That Poor People Don't

Gina Barreca | Posted 06.25.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

There are lots of terms underprivileged tots don't know as well as their upper-class counterparts and I'm not sure reading to them will truly close the gap. How about giving their parents more access to well-paying, stable jobs?

Clinton-Warren for Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If a ticket of two women offers economic revival and transformational change based on financial justice championed by Pope Francis, the most popular figure on the world stage, support from women would be stratospheric and many men would join them.

St. Louis' Spanish Lake, White Flight, and the Shrinking of the American Middle Class

Umar Lee | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Umar Lee

The decline of Spanish Lake isn't just about white flight, it's also about de-industrialization and the weakening of organized labor. What happens to neighborhoods built for factory-workers when the factories close?

'Who Makes the Game?' Donald Sterling Certainly Asked the Right Question

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

His racism got all the headlines, but there was something to be learned from Donald Sterling's other words. It is worth considering his usefulness as a representative sample of the oligarchical class.

Preserving the 'Working Class' Identity

Joseph A. McCartin | Posted 06.29.2014 | DC
Joseph A. McCartin

Many Americans don't like to acknowledge the existence of a working class. In such an environment, the preservation of working class identity and labor culture requires conscious, intentional effort.

Super-Size My Foyer: On Size and Snark of McMansions

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kimann Schultz

I came upon an article "McMansions: An Architectural Parable on the Death of the American Dream," which points to its originating article "Let Them Ea...

Mi Madre

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Quassan Castro

You ride the silent subway from Spanish Harlem to the Bronx at 4 a.m. fists pound on the empty seat beside you face-hardened like a solider in combat lips locked tight

Can We Make Environmentalism a Centrist Issue?

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green
Sean McElwee

By adopting a moderate framing and language that appeals to both centrist thought leaders and disenchanted Republican moderates and independents, the environment could become to the left what race has been to the right.

Paul Blumenthal

How The 0.01 Percent Underwrites, And Undermines, Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just four days after being named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in August 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a pilgrimage ...

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.

Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest

Robert Reich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

The usual explanation is that, for these voters, economic issues are trumped by social and cultural issues like guns, abortion, and race. I'm not so sure.

Why Are Most Latinos Not Prepared for Retirement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.

My Poverty, Like My Asperger's, Is Not a Myth

Whitney Bradley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Whitney Bradley

I'm lost, suffocating in poverty, and I have a disability that is the primary cause of that. My credit is so bad I can't even get a cell phone contract. I work incredibly hard and I am incredibly skilled. But what I can't do is shake hands and make eye contact all day. And because of that I've been homeless more than a few times.

A Democratic Contract With America: How to Retake the House and Combat Economic Inequality

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We have to make sure that our economy works for them, not just for those at the top. It has to work for every American. Otherwise, what's the point of the Democratic Party?

Working-Class Families, Please Skip The Wolf of Wall Street This Holiday Season

Ernest Owens | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Ernest Owens

It's high time we dismantle Hollywood's misguided perceptions of history and our projection of what success looks like.

Meet the Woman Who Accidentally Explained Poverty to the Nation

Linda Tirado | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

Coming up with enough money that you are comfortable is the real American dream, and it is one that the people I am used to don't believe in as much as hope hard for. I have spent my life on the margins due to my own actions and an equal amount of things that I cannot control.

Let Them Eat Cake

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

We call on the Metropolitan Museum to commit to clear and unambiguous signage (in big letters) informing all visitors that its fee of $25 is only recommended and that any monetary contribution will be acceptable for admission.

TPP Is a Race to The Bottom -- We Need a Race to the Top

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."

Why the Hell is Mississippi Republican?

Thomas White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

In the end, redistribution from wealthy states to poor states is one of our greatest strengths. It makes us all better. But the politicians representing those who need the most help are the very politicians fighting to cut important programs and keeping the federal government shutdown.

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 Wage Gap

Theodore Li | Posted 11.10.2013 | Teen
Theodore Li

This "blue-collar" job is in no way a gimmick to "get-rich-quick." And like the employees of decades earlier, I am only minimally compensated. And I understand that this amount is not nearly enough to get by on.

My First Bass Weejuns: How Trying to Fit Into a Champagne Culture Can Undermine the Health of Gay Men With Beer Budgets

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

When you have a young gay man, eager to fit into the sophisticated gay world of a big city, lacking a high-paying job or family funds to support an upscale lifestyle, the result can often be credit problems -- and even more insidious problems.