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Medicaid: Help in Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medicaid is vital -- it provides hundreds of millions of children who are poor or have disabilities with comprehensive health coverage enabling them to become productive, taxpaying members of society.

Desperately Working to Stay Afloat

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.

The Golden Years: One Step Forward or Several Steps Back?

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

While the recent drop in unemployment numbers is great news, I wonder about how it will impact older African-American baby boomers. Our looming retirement security crisis, disproportionally affects African Americans, many of whom are retiring in poverty after a lifetime of work.

The Rent Is Too Damn High In Every State In America

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.17.2012 | Business

The poorest people in America are running out of places to live. In every state in the country, there are people looking for cheap rental housing -...

Dave Jamieson

Restaurant Lobby Tries To Slash Servers' Minimum Wage | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

The Florida restaurant lobby is pushing a bill that would drop the minimum wage for the state's restaurant servers and other tipped employees from $4....

"I Just Want a Job"

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone who thinks welfare recipients do nothing but sit around and cash their checks isn't familiar with the schedules of Tiffany and many others like her.

Alexander Eichler

Almost Half Of U.S. Households Live One Crisis From Poverty, Study Says | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

What does it mean to be poor? If it means living at or below the poverty line, then 15 percent of Americans -- some 46 million people -- qualify. B...

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

Newt Gingrich, Food Stamps and the Real Debate We Need

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Those economic challenges, the ones faced by the vast majority of people in the U.S. of all races -- people who want to get ahead and be in America's Rising Class but can't get their hands on the tools for rising -- are what we should be discussing in 2012.

Working Poor USA

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Bill Quigley

Millions of people in the U.S. work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the U.S. needs to dedicate itself to making work pay.

America's Mobility Problem

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The truth is, we've become a nation of narcissists. For many Americans -- particularly Republicans -- the core value is not "E pluribus unum" but rather, "What's in it for me?"

Alexander Eichler

Homeless Rate Ready To Rise | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

Although the recession has officially been over for two years, the worst may be to come for many people. Job losses rose during the last few years....

Dave Jamieson

Romney Takes Surprising Position On Minimum Wage | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

In a move that puts him out of step with his fellow Republicans on the campaign trail, frontrunner Mitt Romney said in New Hampshire that the minimum ...

Dave Jamieson

Obama Whiffs On Campaign Promise | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2008, then-President-elect Barack Obama made an ambitious pledge as part of his agenda to fight poverty, one he claimed would help "m...

Dave Jamieson

Pay Will Rise For Working Poor In Some States | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Eight states will be raising their minimum wage next week, boosting the pay of more than a million workers across the country. Most ...

House Republicans: Gambling With Millions of Lives

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

When the House Republicans blew up a bipartisan Senate plan to continue unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut for two months, they made it clear that they were willing to use the 99 percent as bargaining chips in their fight to protect the top 1 percent.

Number of Working Poor Families Continues to Grow: Does Work Still Pay?

Brandon Roberts | Posted 02.19.2012 | Business
Brandon Roberts

It's time for policy makers to put American working families first. As more families drop from the middle class, the number of working families that are low-income increases.

More Faces of Child Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We have good safety net programs, and we have to make sure every child who could benefit from these programs does. Help for poor parents and children should be protected before tax breaks for wealthy corporations and millionaires.

Another Shocking Fact About the Walmart Heirs

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

The six Waltons, heirs to Walmart founder Sam Walton, not only have a net worth equal to the combined wealth of the bottom 30 percent of Americans, but they also own and control nearly half of Walmart, the world's largest corporation. That's an astounding fact.

Dave Jamieson

Airport Workers Say Pay Is Illegally Low | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.23.2011 | Business

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Every day she goes to work at O'Hare International Airport, Elda Burke faces the same dilemma. Burke, 30, works as a passenger at...

What's the Problem With the Poor?

Erich Origen | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Erich Origen

The New York Times recently did a piece on the "near poor," those who live just above the official measure of poverty in America. Predictably, some convenient ideologue was trotted out from the Heritage Foundation to address it.

Poverty in Your Backyard

Jim Neal | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

Yet more numbing news about the breadth and depth of the impoverished in America, a cohort whose numbers have skyrocketed as a consequence of the Grea...

Dave Jamieson

Cain Fought Pay Raises For Working Poor | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Questioning America's minimum wage has somehow become a rite of passage in the Republican presidential primary. Michele Bachmann has...

How candidates' tax plans would affect one struggling family

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Amy Biegelsen and John Aloysius Farrell, iWatch NewsUntil 2008, Darrell Seela owned a home in Las Vegas where he and his wife worked and raised t...

Paul Needham

A Food Bank With Flagging Corporate Support | Paul Needham | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Oya Oliver knows exactly what everything costs, from the price of a box of 100 small Slim Jims -- $14.79 -- to her electric bil...