Get Involved in the Fight Against Poverty

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We’re proud to collaborate with The Nation in sharing insightful journalism related to income inequality in America. The following is an excerpt from Nation contributor Greg Kaufmann’s “This Week in Poverty” column.

Regular readers of my work know the statistics: more than 46 million Americans living below the poverty line on less than $18,000 annually for a family of three. More than 1 in 3 of us — 106 million Americans — living on less than $36,000 a year, struggling to afford the basics like food, housing, healthcare and education.

Meanwhile, food stamps are under attack by both Republicans and Democrats despite the fact that 50 million Americans are struggling with hunger; cash assistance (TANF) reaches only 27 of every 100 families living in poverty; the minimum wage is a poverty wage, and there is a proliferation of low-wage work.

Our nation could reverse these trends if we wanted to — that’s one of the key motivations for The Nation in creating this blog — that it’s simply not true that “we don’t know what to do about poverty.”

Below are just some of the good groups that can help you get informed and get involved in the fight against poverty. If you were to regularly follow even a half dozen of them, you would probably know more about poverty than most Members of Congress.

Check them out, sign up for their e-mails and get involved:

Children, Parents and Families
Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Children’s Defense Fund
Children’s HealthWatch
First Focus
Family Independence Initiative
Legal Momentum
National Partnership for Women and Families
National Women’s Law Center

Healthcare, Disability and Aging
The Arc
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force
National Council on Aging

Housing and Homelessness
Institute for Children, Poverty, and HomelessnessHome Defenders League
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Occupy Our Homes

Center for Hunger-Free Communities/Witnesses to Hunger
Food Research and Action Center
New York City Coalition Against Hunger
Share Our Strength

Justice and Courts
Center for Court Innovation

Race and Civil Rights
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Economic Policy Institute
National Employment Law Project
Urban Institute: MetroTrends

Workers’ Rights
Caring Across Generations
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Interfaith Worker Justice
Jobs with Justice
Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United

Multi-issue Groups
Alliance for a Just Society
Center for Community Change
Center for Law and Social Policy
Coalition on Human Needs

Community Action Partnership
Half In Ten
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
National Council of La Raza
National Nurses United
Progressive States Network
The Rural Assistance Center
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Spotlight on Poverty
Western Center on Law & Poverty

Greg Kaufmann is a freelance writer and Nation contributor covering poverty in America, primarily through his blog, This Week in Poverty. His work has also been featured on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show,,,, Common Dreams and Alternet. He serves as an adviser for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
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  • Pat Downs

    Are these groups working together on any umbrella or broad-based initiatives?

  • Jeanne

    Thank you for this. I was surprised not to see Habitat for Humanity on the list…

  • Maria Whittaker

    Please add the Food, Health and Environmental Justice Coalition to your list! We are a coalition of individuals, organizations and communities organizing ourselves to transform the power realtionships and structures that determine our wealth and health. For more information contact me, Maria Whittaker at or find us on facebook.

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  • Greg Kaufmann

    Jeanne, list is by no means exhaustive!

  • Greg Kaufmann

    Thanks for tip, Maria. I will check it out!

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  • Tyrone Thomas

    Raising taxes on the rich seems to be the popular belief in solving America’s problem of reducing the Federal Deficit and stimulating the economy. While this would help, we must also look for better ways to reduce government spending and create jobs.
    More importantly… if it can be done, we need to reduce economic inequality and help the Nation’s Poor rise above the level of government dependency. For this is truly the root cause of the deficit and most of our biggest problems, but no one seems to have a solid workable plan of action to accomplish this goal.
    Please allow me to introduce the “United Shared Savings Network”….a real world solution to these tough problems and truly an idea who’s time has come.

  • Anonymous

    I’m tired of reading these grim statistics over and over. It’s time to organize a demonstration of some sort.