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Occupy Wall Street has already made the concentration of wealth at the top a central issue. Now, it promises to do the same with the realities of poverty.

We are losing the war that has been waged by plutocrats against the poor over the past thirty years as wealth has been systematically flowing from the poor to the wealthy.

Like London, New York suffers from extreme inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity.

Did the Poverty Tour succeed in dramatizing the magnitude of poverty’s impact on America—or simply draw attention to its organizers' criticisms of Obama?

The journalist blames teachers unions, not economic inequality, for students’ failure to achieve.

"Me? At a foodbank? Reaching for cans of spam? I'm as lily white as they come! And whats even more disturbing is I'm not alone. There are plenty of formerly known as middle class white folks up in here with me."

 "I believe I could do a really good job for you. If you give me the chance."

Melissa Harris-Perry explains the political history, and dangers, behind today's widening economic gap between the races.

Dense cities are a lot more energy efficient than decentralized sprawl, argues Harvard professor and urban advocate Edward Glaeser.

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It’s a tough moment in the fight against poverty, but twelve anti-poverty leaders have suggestions of what you can do right now to take action.

May 10, 2013

The Florida state legislature takes action to bar local, pro-worker ordinances on living wages, paid sick leave and equal employee benefits.

May 3, 2013

Bank accountability activists continue to send a clear message to the big banks: “You can run, but you can’t hide.”

April 30, 2013

The poor have long known that a budget cut passed in Congress means hardship in real life. Now middle-class Americans realize that, too.

April 28, 2013

Family homelessness is on the rise and the federal government is choosing not to respond.

April 19, 2013

The Big Banks are fleeing activists and shareholders who are challenging their bad practices. They can run, but they can't hide.

April 12, 2013

With sequestration, a bleak housing and homelessness situation is about to get a lot worse.

April 5, 2013

If you destroy one part of the social safety net, those in need will turn to what’s left.

March 28, 2013

The fight in LA to house homeless disabled veterans—on land donated to the government for them—has moved to the courts.

March 25, 2013

A nonprofit, Catholic healthcare giant makes hundreds of millions in profits, raises the salaries of corporate executives and asks workers earning $31,000 a year to pay a $3,100 deductible for healthcare.

March 18, 2013