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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.

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.

Blogs

Employers exploit legal loopholes to keep poverty-wage workers from earning overtime wages.

May 18, 2015

Clinton said as recently as the 2008 campaign that welfare reform was a success, but its track record has proven otherwise for the country’s poorest.

May 11, 2015

Long before the quake, Nepal suffered the rupturing shocks of global capitalism.

May 8, 2015

This week’s Supreme Court ruling is one step toward protecting pregnant workers from the whims of their employers.

March 27, 2015

How do you plan a budget, or arrange childcare, when you’re always on call?

March 11, 2015

The government and the opposition do battle as ordinary Venezuelans weather an economic crisis.

March 2, 2015

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