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Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

Paul Ryan

Amy Treptow came to Washington to tell her story of climbing out of poverty. Some elected officials were more interested than others. 

Coal plant

The recent chemical spill is the latest chapter in a very old story: total capitulation to industry by state officials. 

LBJ

How the call to empathy helped mobilize a nation.

Minimum wage protest

Ten groups that are laying the foundation for an economic justice revival.

War on Poverty

The deepening crisis today demands an effort as ambitious as the one launched fifty years ago this week. 

Homelessness

Fifty years after LBJ declared a War on Poverty, the United States ranks near the bottom in childhood poverty among all developed nations.

Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March in Washington D.C.

Being poor in the United States has rarely meant anything so simple as having too little money.

Homeless

According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy.

Blogs

“It’s what happens when you don’t spend money on affordable housing.”

April 17, 2014

Why we still need a “Freedom Budget for All Americans.”

April 15, 2014

Stephen Black appears on Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how predators set up shop and grab a cut of their victims’ tax refunds. 

April 14, 2014

California is known for protecting a woman’s right to choose. Will this be the year the state extends that same right to poor women?

April 8, 2014

A proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit will test Republicans' professed support for the program. 

March 26, 2014

Economic desperation among college students helps explain why millenials don’t believe in small government. 

March 17, 2014

What Paul Ryan really means when he lambasts “inner city” culture.

March 12, 2014

“Inner-city men,” says Ryan, need to learn the “value and the culture of work.”

March 12, 2014

The kid in Ryan’s “full stomach…empty soul” CPAC speech is actually an advocate for free school lunches.

March 7, 2014

Steven Banks has been on the front lines of the battle to get New York mayors to keep their obligations to the poor. Now he’ll be the mayor’s front-man on those policies.

March 1, 2014