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Jonathan Kozol

Paul Tough and Jonathan Kozol examine how decades of family-unfriendly policies have heightened the stress experienced by many children at home and school.

Jesse Jackson and Gambian president Yahyah Jammeh

The reverend sat down with The Nation to talk about his humanitarian trip to Africa and poverty in America.

Prison

Seven years after Katrina, poor people accused of crimes are being denied their right to counsel and left to languish behind bars.

The Federal Reserve can grow employment tremendously, without the need for any legislation. 

How did we became a nation that fails to help its most needy citizens, and what can be done?

Payday loan office

How government and corporations use the poor as piggy banks.

Homelessness

To restore the American Dream for the 99 percent, we must first bring the “invisible poor” out of the shadows.

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.

Blogs

We don’t tell students with subsidized loans what to major in, but we like to tell people on food stamps what they should buy.

February 18, 2015

In states from South Dakota to Oklahoma, right-wing representatives are pulling every string to try to keep the poor down.

February 18, 2015

We’ve reformed the social safety net at the cost of human lives.

February 17, 2015

Activists in Fort Lauderdale have just filed a lawsuit alleging that the city’s ban on providing food to the homeless violates the First Amendment.

February 2, 2015

Poverty in France’s Muslim communities should elicit public dismay, and not just because it’s among the factors that may have motivated Charlie Hebdo’s attackers.

January 22, 2015

A Dickensian year when food stamps were cut and bankers got everything they wanted

December 24, 2014

Palestinians in East Jerusalem face not just a wall but a welfare system designed to impoverish and ultimately remove them.

November 4, 2014

Flexible scheduling is creating an on-call nightmare for working people.

October 15, 2014

Wisconsin's governor refuses to act on behalf of low-wage workers.

October 14, 2014

Human Resources Administration announces changes to a system long critiqued by advocates.

October 8, 2014