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Frances Fox Piven

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Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author, most recently, of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.


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The early twenty-first century will be remembered as an era of tumult and protest.

Where their interests overlap, progressive politics can thrive.

Elections and movements don’t proceed on separate tracks.

What the Occupy movement could do for poor people—and vice versa.

Occupy Wall Street has already made the concentration of wealth at the top a central issue. Now, it promises to do the same with the realities of poverty.

Take part in a nationwide teach-in on corporate greed. And join the growing people's movement to reclaim our community and our economy.

More than 26 million Americans don't have enough work, while robber-baron CEOs report record profits. So why aren't the unemployed on the march?

A mass strategy to recruit the poor onto welfare rolls would create a political crisis that could result in legislation that brings an end to poverty.

A grassroots push for reform can make Obama a great president.

Welfare reform has left America dangerously undefended against hard times.