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Food bank

America’s most vulnerable felt most of the pain.

Food bank

Waiting lists for food aid have been growing for years—now almost 15 percent of the nation's elderly don't have enough to eat.

Wooden painting of woman

As the wealth gap grows, so have the number of ways a woman can sell her body. What is the cost?

America’s Shameful Poverty Stats

That so many of our political leaders tolerate so much misery amid so much plenty is one of the great scandals of our age.

Being a poor mother in the United States today means reusing diapers and struggling to afford food. But House Republicans think they have it too easy.

Child care workers in New Jersey

Women who care for poor kids are often mothers living in poverty themselves.

The Nation's Greg Kaufmann joined Stand Up! With Pete Dominick to argue that there are ways to alleviate poverty in America and that it starts with increasing the minimum wage.

New York’s housing crisis has pushed hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers underground.

San Francisco

Life on San Francisco’s streets for women over 50 is filled with hardships, small and large.

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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

Forty-six million Americans remain in poverty, but our presidential candidates only want to talk about the middle class.

September 25, 2012

Antipoverty activists are asking both candidates to speak up about growing poverty in the United States. 

September 21, 2012

The children struggling the hardest in school also happen to be some of the poorest in the country.

September 17, 2012

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West’s Poverty Tour 2.0 arrived in Virginia, and high school students had a lot to say about their own struggles with poverty. 

September 14, 2012

We need to stop looking at poverty as a separate phenomenon from the rest of the economy—an economy with a proliferation of low-wage jobs and a weak and inequitable recovery.

September 13, 2012

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West continue to seek out and speak out on behalf of people living in poverty with their Poverty Tour 2.0.

September 7, 2012