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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.


Antipoverty news items from around the country.

July 26, 2013

Five national leaders in the fight against hunger and poverty offer their perspectives on the SNAP debate and what we need to do to fight back.

July 24, 2013

Under the sequester, only one in four eligible families receives rental assistance vouchers—and waiting lists are growing.

July 19, 2013

Recent votes on food stamps reveal that Congress is pummeling low-income people with increasing ferocity. What can be done to confront and change this cruelty and shortsightedness?

July 15, 2013

A new documentary from Bill Moyers and Frontline follows two families for twenty-two years as they struggle to attain the American Dream.

July 9, 2013

If we wanted to end poverty we could.  Here are some groups you can get involved with that are leading the way.

July 5, 2013

Think sequestration isn’t having much of an effect? Check out the impact on food and hunger programs in the US and abroad.

July 3, 2013

The Nation's Greg Kaufmann joins Bill Moyers to explain why the need for food stamps is growing.

July 1, 2013

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute examines the unfinished—and widely forgotten—agenda of the March on Washington fifty years ago.

June 28, 2013

Older Americans Act programs save money and lives. Why is it so hard to reauthorize something that consumes just 0.06 percent of the budget? 

June 21, 2013