EXPLORE Inequality

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

Members of Local 100 of the Transport Workers enter Zuccotti Park in support of the Wall Street protestors in New York. September 2011(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
June 18, 2014 | Perspectives
Thanks to the efforts of people like Anat Admati and Sheila Bair, there is some good news in the area of financial reform, focused on greater equity in the financial system.
Chanute Mayor Greg Woodyard stands on a brick mosaic of the Google Earth logo at the intersection of Lincoln and Main streets on May 21, 2014. on May 19, 2014 in Chanute, Kan.
June 18, 2014 | Perspectives

The new service shows us that we can have high-speed Internet at lower costs. Continue reading

A demonstrator argues with police lined up during a protest against the World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Anti-World Cup demonstrators are demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the international soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
June 18, 2014 | Blog

Dave Zirin discusses the Brazilian people’s protests against huge sporting events that catch the world’s eye but deepen inequality and divert resources from where they’re needed most in a country struggling with massive income inequality. Continue reading

Nurses walk under dimmed lighting during 'quiet time' at the Newborn Family Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
June 16, 2014 | Blog

No this is not a hoax — this really is happening. 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

Verizon sign (AP)
June 13, 2014 | Blog

Industry lobbyists are citing the need for fast lanes by the disabled to convince congressional staffers and their bosses to go against net neutrality. 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

Ruby Dee in a 1984 Moyers show.
June 12, 2014 | Blog

In this clip from 1984, Ruby Dee, who died today, talks about the ongoing racism that “trampled our self-esteem and numbed hope.” 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

Frankie Tisdale is a fast-food worker at KFC, Brooklyn. He has joined protests for a higher minimum wage. (Moyers & Company/Neha Tara Mehta)
June 10, 2014 | Blog

Frankie Tisdale makes less than $10 per hour working at a KFC in Brooklyn. Last month, he joined global protests for a higher minimum wage. A photo-feature. 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

In this Aug. 1, 2013 photo, demonstrators protesting what they say are low wages and improper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. Now, there’s a push in Seattle, at least, to make it $15. That would mean fast food workers, retail clerks, baristas and other minimum wage workers would get what protesters demanded when they shut down a handful of city restaurants in May and others demonstrated nationwide in July. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
June 8, 2014 | Blog

Immediately after the Occupy Wall Street protests began, candidates and elected officials started echoing its themes and the growing inequality in the country. Continue reading

Election worker Dorothy Davis checks a voter's ID at a polling place in Little Rock, Ark., for Arkansas' party primary elections Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
June 7, 2014 | Blog

A number of states have moved to expand access to the ballot in 2014. Many glitches have also developed as states implement new restrictions for the first time this year. Continue reading

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