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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

Walmart Protests
November 29, 2013 | Blog

Across the country, retail workers are protesting the low pay that’s helping drag down the recovery. Continue reading

Seniors congregate at the Council Center for Senior Citizens, in Brooklyn's Midwood neighborhood in New York. (AP Photo/Jon Gerberg, File)
October 29, 2013 | Blog

If we truly think it’s important to respect our elders, here’s a simple way to prove it. Continue reading

Jennifer Donald whose family receives money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also know as food stamps, eats dinner with her sons David, 6, left, and Donovan, 4, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 24, 2013 | Blog

Since 1996, the number of families with children living in extreme poverty — that is, on $2 a day or less — has gone up nearly 130 percent. Continue reading

Students line up to be served lunch at the Thatcher Brook Elementary School in Waterbury, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
January 20, 2013 | Blog
Could committing to a contract grow and unify the moment against poverty?
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of his budget plan entitled "The Path to Prosperity," March 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 24, 2012

Assess the effect of six 2013 federal budget proposals — including the Ryan Budget and the Faithful Budget — on America’s safety net. Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of his budget plan entitled "The Path to Prosperity," March 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
March 22, 2012 | Blog

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan seems to be playing Robin Hood in reverse. Continue reading