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Is there more to racism in America than intolerance and immorality? Four books shed light.

At the eighteenth annual Bioneers Conference, environmentalists and social activists are creating alliances that allow the poor to share the promise of a greening America.

It's going to be a hungry summer for low-income kids on vacation from school lunch programs.

For the first time, more poor Americans live in the nation's suburbs than in all our cities combined.

That poor children in the United States and Britain have the worst quality of life in the developed world speaks volumes about our misplaced priorities.

The relentless reduction of taxes on the wealthy has created a profound inequality between the very rich and the bottom half of American society, affecting every aspect of daily life.

Corporate tax preparers like H&R Block continue to target taxpayers
hungry for rapid refunds with questionable loans.

As House Republicans use the cost of recovery from Gulf Coast storms as
an excuse to rip last-minute holes in the social safety net, it's not
too late to change priorities.

Fitful efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast unfold against a backdrop
of looming economic disaster: rising unemployment and interest rates,
misplaced priorities and a recession that will hurt the weakest most.

It takes a hurricane to raise awareness that the
numbers of poor people are growing on George Bush's watch. Will that be
enough for the President to begin to level the playing field?

Blogs

American voters care about rising inequality in the US. So why don’t presidential candidates seem to? 

October 16, 2012

There were no questions asked about poverty in the first presidential debate. Here are fifteen suggestions for tonight.

October 16, 2012

Past experience with block granting the social safety net paints a dismal picture.

October 15, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in more than thirty countries flooded the streets over the weekend to protest debt and austerity.

October 15, 2012

In Wisconsin, a new proposal four years in the making would reduce poverty in the state by at least half—if only there were the political will.

October 12, 2012

Despite a federal obligation to do so, the swing state’s public service agencies are accused of not providing their clients with voter registration forms.

October 9, 2012

In the first presidential debate, not a single question about poverty and neither candidate showed the slightest inclination to talk about it either.

October 8, 2012

Fewer families in poverty are receiving assistance today than they were before welfare reform. 

October 4, 2012

If Obama and Romney answered these questions, voters would have a deeper understanding of poverty in this country and the next president’s vision for taking it on.

October 2, 2012

Before welfare reform there was the Work First program in Mississippi. It was a distaster for the poor then, just as welfare reform is a disaster for the poor today.

September 28, 2012