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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

Tom Morello marks Guthrie’s 100th by restoring the left-wing verses of his most famous song.

July 13, 2012

Alice McAfee, a janitor for thirty years in Houston, talks about her work and the latest developments in the citywide strike.

July 13, 2012

Sister Simone Campbell talks about the Nuns on the Bus and their work to address poverty in America.

July 6, 2012

In Pennsylvania, 89,000 children have been dropped from Medicaid, including many with life-threatening illnesses who were mistakenly deemed ineligible.

June 29, 2012

Houston janitor Adriana Vasquez travels to Congress and asks Jamie Dimon one simple question.

June 22, 2012

Since January 2011, Ohio has thrown 70,000 poor people—including 40,000 children—off of cash assistance. 

June 15, 2012

Janitors in Houston speak out about sub-poverty wages and strike over workplace harrassment. Eleven are barred from returning to the job.

June 8, 2012

One hundred and three million people are poor or near poor in the United States today. Is it time to make the fight against poverty personal?

June 1, 2012

They clean the offices of some of the biggest corporations in the world for less than $9,000 per year. Now janitors in Houston are deciding whether to strike.

June 1, 2012

In its reluctance to talk about and invest to reduce poverty, the United States is cutting off its nose to spite its face.

May 31, 2012