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Michael Harrington

Fifty years after the publication of The Other America, imagining that the author would find cause for hope—and dismay—in today's political culture.

Homeless child

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? 

Research exaggerating the costs of social safety nets has been used for decades to launch unwarranted claims against government programs.

Michael Harrington

The Other America offered a view of poverty that seemed designed to comfort the already comfortable.

School crossing

The new version of the federal education law would further entrench the problems besetting schools that serve poor and minority children.

Republicans in Congress are quietly killing the provisions of Obama’s stimulus act that have kept millions out of poverty.

Food stamps

For all its flaws, the food stamp program helps one in seven Americans put food on the table.

Mother with her child

“When Clinton signed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, I knew single mothers like me would suffer. Fifteen years later, millions have been kicked off the welfare rolls.”

Meet Ginnina Slowe, resident of the nation’s poorest urban county, where poverty is expensive—especially when you try to get out of it.

Poverty in Nebraska

What the Occupy movement could do for poor people—and vice versa.

Blogs

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

Clinton may be explainer-in-chief, but he left out the gaping hole welfare reform has made in the safety net.

September 6, 2012

Jessica Bartholow grew up in a working poor family dealing with hunger, housing insecurity and no affordable healthcare. Now she's trying to make sure other people don't suffer through the same thing.

August 31, 2012