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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

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

On the fifth anniversary of the financial collapse, new Census data shows that the modest uptick in the economy has failed to reach poor- and middle-class Americans.

September 17, 2013

President Obama speaks eloquently about the economic goals of the March on Washington, but passes up opportunities to stand with low-wage workers.

August 30, 2013

Americans across the economic spectrum have a lot in common when it comes to stagnating wages.

August 23, 2013

If Congress would choose to listen to people in poverty, rather than just talking about them, this is what they would hear.

August 9, 2013

A Senate attempt to restore sequester cuts to low-income housing fails—housing assistance trend continues to go from bad to worse.

August 7, 2013

At his hearing on the War on Poverty, Paul Ryan demanded evidence about what works to fight poverty—and then promptly ignored it.

August 2, 2013

We need a series of hearings to hear from those who are “in the trenches” fighting poverty.

July 31, 2013

Congresswoman Barbara Lee asks Chairman Paul Ryan to allow Tianna Gaines-Turner—a Witness to Hunger—to testify at his hearing tomorrow.

July 30, 2013