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Bill Gates

Its vast holdings in the fossil fuel and arms industries subvert the foundation’s battle against disease and poverty.

Micro-apartments have become trendy in planning circles, but their austerity is just another limit on the aspirations of the poor.

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.

Blogs

This week’s Supreme Court ruling is one step toward protecting pregnant workers from the whims of their employers.

March 27, 2015

How do you plan a budget, or arrange childcare, when you’re always on call?

March 11, 2015

The government and the opposition do battle as ordinary Venezuelans weather an economic crisis.

March 2, 2015

We don’t tell students with subsidized loans what to major in, but we like to tell people on food stamps what they should buy.

February 18, 2015

In states from South Dakota to Oklahoma, right-wing representatives are pulling every string to try to keep the poor down.

February 18, 2015

We’ve reformed the social safety net at the cost of human lives.

February 17, 2015

Activists in Fort Lauderdale have just filed a lawsuit alleging that the city’s ban on providing food to the homeless violates the First Amendment.

February 2, 2015

Poverty in France’s Muslim communities should elicit public dismay, and not just because it’s among the factors that may have motivated Charlie Hebdo’s attackers.

January 22, 2015

A Dickensian year when food stamps were cut and bankers got everything they wanted

December 24, 2014

Palestinians in East Jerusalem face not just a wall but a welfare system designed to impoverish and ultimately remove them.

November 4, 2014