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Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

Paul Ryan

Amy Treptow came to Washington to tell her story of climbing out of poverty. Some elected officials were more interested than others. 

Coal plant

The recent chemical spill is the latest chapter in a very old story: total capitulation to industry by state officials. 

LBJ

How the call to empathy helped mobilize a nation.

Minimum wage protest

Ten groups that are laying the foundation for an economic justice revival.

War on Poverty

The deepening crisis today demands an effort as ambitious as the one launched fifty years ago this week. 

Homelessness

Fifty years after LBJ declared a War on Poverty, the United States ranks near the bottom in childhood poverty among all developed nations.

Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March in Washington D.C.

Being poor in the United States has rarely meant anything so simple as having too little money.

Homeless

According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy.

Blogs

It's one thing for the president to meet with advocates. It’s another to give lower-income people the opportunity to tell their own stories.

January 8, 2013

The war on poverty is too often a war on the poor themselves.

January 8, 2013

The antipoverty community sounds off on the “fiscal cliff” deal. How did low-income Americans fare in Congress’s latest compromise?

January 4, 2013

Coverage and commentary on the “fiscal cliff” deal has failed to note its affect on low-income Americans.

January 2, 2013

This deal was a mixed bag, and the next one will likely be worse.

January 2, 2013

As they neglect the need to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed, the Speaker and his caucus run the risk of a visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

December 23, 2012

Despite working more hours than their peers in other high-income countries, single mothers in the US have higher poverty rates. 

December 21, 2012

Here are ten reforms that would ensure every child receives the education they deserve.

December 19, 2012

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof acknowledges that he is no expert on domestic policy, and then sets out to prove it.

December 14, 2012