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The Bush budget cuts programs for the hungry.

In American Dream, his masterful new book about welfare reform, Jason DeParle brings together two groups of people who rarely seem to meet: welfare policy-makers and welfare recipients.

Not being "middle class," the poor have been invisible in this campaign.

Hidden in a Census Bureau report on poverty released in late August is a factoid with significant political and social consequences. Poverty has moved to the suburbs.

The main effect of bringing back the draft would be to further militarize the nation.

Advocates are demanding not just equal but decent schools for all children.

Like mushrooms after a spring rain, signs pop up at this time of year in hardscrabble urban neighborhoods across the country, promising quick and easy money.

Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty in his State of the Union Message exactly forty years ago.

A vast impoverished population languishes in the midst of our economy.

Blogs

The richest 400 Americans are worth just over $2 trillion dollars, and yet we're still cutting food stamps.

November 1, 2013

The Senate HELP Committee takes up the Older Americans Act--a safety net for seniors living in or near poverty.  

October 28, 2013

It’s time to stop bemoaning the lack of political will to confront poverty, and instead focus on creating the political will.

October 28, 2013

The history of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers shows us just how much can be accomplished with savvy organizing at the grassroots and perseverance.  

October 18, 2013

GOP proposals to defund Obamacare are the equivalent of a death sentence for thousands of Americans.

October 11, 2013

Cut off from federal funding, programs serving abused women may be forced to close. 

October 8, 2013

The state of things for people in poverty—made worse by the sequester and shutdown—should cause awe in every member of Congress.

October 7, 2013

Poverty Day--the one day every year when the mainstream media turns its attention to the poor--was last week. Here are five things you might have missed amidst the frenzy of coverage.

September 27, 2013

The Republican argument in favor of food stamp cuts lives in an alternate reality. 

September 20, 2013

The new Census data on poverty doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know--nothing will change without a formidable political movement.

September 20, 2013