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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

Appearing on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show, Goldberg argues against the GOP's claims that marriage is the best tool to eliminate poverty.

January 27, 2014

Republicans are once again promoting marriage as a solution to poverty. A comprehensive new report shows why it won't work. 

 

January 15, 2014

According to the Republican senator, what we really need is a fuller embrace of “the American free enterprise system.”

January 8, 2014

President Obama and his congressional Democratic allies should rededicate the country to the Great Society’s best initiative.

December 28, 2013

The former German chancellor still calls us to “ build a world in which sharing, justice, freedom and peace might prevail.”

December 18, 2013

Thanks to Congress, it’s shaping up to be a bleak holiday season for 1.3 million unemployed Americans. 

December 17, 2013

After a two-year run, This Week in Poverty signs off.

December 13, 2013

The author of "Why I Make Terrible Decisions" discovers the dark side of Internet fame.

December 11, 2013

While Obama described his vision for an economy defined by mobility, Senator Debbie Stabenow cut a deal for at least another $8 billion in food stamp cuts. 

December 6, 2013