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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

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions uses some very creative math to prove that people in poverty have incomes that are similar to the middle class.

March 1, 2013

There are 50 million Americans struggling with hunger—and with sequestration, things will get worse. 

February 22, 2013

The country needs more foreign aid to develop infrastructure amid the effects of climate change, but don’t look to the private sector.

February 19, 2013

TANF authorization expires at the end of March. The program isn’t what you think it is.

February 19, 2013

The TANF program expires in March, and the American people need to know what it’s all about before it’s renewed.

February 8, 2013

Concentrated poverty has largely been ignored by policymakers, despite the huge impact it has on student achievement.

February 1, 2013

President Obama laid out the right vision—what will the anti-poverty movement do to help get us there?

January 25, 2013

It makes no sense to suggest that a poor child could ever have “the same chance to succeed as anybody else.”

January 22, 2013

Accessing an abortion has increasingly become the province of the well to do.

January 22, 2013

An Anti-Poverty Contract for 2013 might help grow the movement.

January 18, 2013