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Michael Harrington

Fifty years after the publication of The Other America, imagining that the author would find cause for hope—and dismay—in today's political culture.

Homeless child

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? 

Research exaggerating the costs of social safety nets has been used for decades to launch unwarranted claims against government programs.

Michael Harrington

The Other America offered a view of poverty that seemed designed to comfort the already comfortable.

School crossing

The new version of the federal education law would further entrench the problems besetting schools that serve poor and minority children.

Republicans in Congress are quietly killing the provisions of Obama’s stimulus act that have kept millions out of poverty.

Food stamps

For all its flaws, the food stamp program helps one in seven Americans put food on the table.

Mother with her child

“When Clinton signed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, I knew single mothers like me would suffer. Fifteen years later, millions have been kicked off the welfare rolls.”

Meet Ginnina Slowe, resident of the nation’s poorest urban county, where poverty is expensive—especially when you try to get out of it.

Poverty in Nebraska

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

Blogs

Conservatives in Congress continue to block the Violence Against Women Act, denying vital protections for Native American women.

December 12, 2012

If Congress can't reach a deal by New Year's, 2.1 million people will be kicked off unemployment benefits.

December 11, 2012

The fiscal cliff is real for people who will suddenly stop receiving unemployment checks. 

December 7, 2012

Two million unemployed workers will lose their benefits before the New Year if Congress fails to extend the unemployment insurance program.

December 7, 2012

This holiday season, join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in calling on Publix to stop paying farmworkers sub-poverty wages. 

December 6, 2012

The stakes of the fiscal showdown couldn’t be higher for people who depend on affordable housing.

November 30, 2012

One of the fastest-growing job sectors in the country pays $10 per hour. That’s a big problem.

November 28, 2012

What some leaders in the fight against poverty are thinking about this Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2012

A new report from the Half in Ten campaign demonstrates—once again—that we know what to do to dramatically reduce poverty. The question remains: Will we do it?

November 21, 2012

Everything you need to know about our so-called “Fiscal Cliff” and the janitors in Cincinnati who are truly living on the edge.

November 16, 2012