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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

Five Witnesses to Hunger came to Capitol Hill to talk poverty and hunger with Congress.

November 19, 2013

The New Public offers a powerful look at poverty’s impact on education.

November 11, 2013

The Half in Ten campaign lays out a path to dramatically reduce poverty—but it will require a real, sustained and disruptive fight to acheive it.

November 4, 2013

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