Features related to poverty

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 19, 2014 | Perspectives

Conservative members of the House Budget Committee showed up at a recent hearing on poverty to preach what they think they already know about people living in poverty. Continue reading

In this June 2, 2014 photo, Wendy Harrison, a waitress at the icon Grill in Seattle, carries food to a table as she works during lunchtime. An Associated Press comparison of the cost of living at several other major U.S. cities found that a $15 minimum wage, like Seattle adopted this week, will make a difference, but won’t buy a lavish lifestyle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 10, 2014 | Blog

A new study debunks some of the most common myths about America’s tipped workforce. Continue reading

Dr. Martin Luther King displays pictures of three civil rights workers,who were slain in Mississippi the summer before, from left Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/JL, File)
July 10, 2014 | Blog

We must remember the courage of the people of Mississippi and other Jim Crow states and that the civil rights movement was an endeavor of white and black bonding. Continue reading

A man walks past blighted row houses and vacant lots in Baltimore, Monday, April 1, 2013. Baltimore is far from the worst American city for poverty, but it faces all the problems of cities where vast numbers of the poor now live. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s, while $85 billion in federal government spending cuts that began last month are expected to begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 28, 2014 | Perspectives

Poverty in the US is, in fact, a much larger problem than we think it is, and it’s one that most Americans will face. Continue reading

Unemployment Benefits
June 20, 2014 | Perspectives

Creating 217,000 new jobs is not a sign of economic health. Measuring the job market by quantity — with no regard for quality — devalues workers themselves. Continue reading

In this March 29, 2013 photo, women walk past blighted row houses in Baltimore. Baltimore is far from the worst American city for poverty, but it faces all the problems of cities where vast numbers of the poor now live. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s, while $85 billion in federal government spending cuts that began last month are expected to begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 14, 2014 | Blog

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress makes a case for talking about poverty by recounting how her mother raised her family through tough times. Continue reading

Tonya Crenshaw and Kendrick Haraalson fill out applications at a job fair in Brookpark, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
June 13, 2014 | The Poverty Line

Few policies are likely to have as much effect on improving the plight of the poor as a genuine commitment to full employment economic policies. Continue reading

Nohemi Soria and Pedro Rodriguez harvest collard greens in Camden, N.J. (Photo: Kristin Moe)
June 12, 2014 | Activism

In Camden, New Jersey, they’ve created one of the nation’s fastest growing networks of urban farms. Continue reading

Germantown, Philadelphia students
June 10, 2014 | Perspectives

A former teaching fellow writes that sometimes reforms meant to help our most disadvantaged kids end up exacerbating inequality and depriving them of fundamental basics. Continue reading

Healthy Lunches
June 10, 2014 | The Poverty Line

The latest agriculture bill continues the practice of building policies that perpetuate racial inequities without actually naming race, write two anti-hunger activists. Continue reading

A homeless man sits on a sidewalk in Miami, Florida. (AP photo/ Alan Diaz.)
May 28, 2014 | The Poverty Line

Leaving homeless people on the streets costs taxpayers big money. Continue reading

Fast food workers announce a global protest for a higher minimum wage outside a McDonald's restaurant in Manhattan on May 7, 2014. (BillMoyers.com/Neha Tara Mehta)
May 27, 2014 | The Poverty Line

We’re at a critical moment in our economic recovery. Continue reading

Homeless camp, Oregon
May 20, 2014 | The Poverty Line

It is absurd to believe that any attempt to finally end hunger or poverty in the US can succeed without the significant involvement and leadership of low-income Americans. Continue reading

Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers in "Leave it to Beaver." Image: ABC.
April 22, 2014 | Blog

Most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality. Continue reading

KRUGMANFORCOVE
April 18, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against. Continue reading

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