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Poverty in the heartland

In Appalachian Ohio, long lines at food pantries show just how wrongheaded a plan for economic recovery based on cutting assistance to the poor really is.

Food Stamps for Good Food

Should the program target hunger and obesity by promoting consumption of fruits and veggies?

On the night of the 83rd Academy Awards, 82,000 people will be sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles, the nation’s epicenter of homelessness.

Tiger Mom

Whether you're a tiger mother, a soccer mom, a helicopter parent or something else, if you're not in poverty, then your kids will probably end up okay.

With no tax justice coming from Washington, municipalities across the country will have to take matters into their own hands to save the jobs and social lifelines on which their communities depend.

America doesn't have a drug problem. It has a poverty problem.

For Americans teetering on the edge of poverty, in other rooms there are other trials.

A minority in the House of Representatives has blocked reauthorization of federal unemployment benefits. If Congress doesn't act quickly, the long-term unemployed will start dropping from the benefits rolls.

What's so bad about big-ticket philanthropy? Nothing—except that it lets the wealthy decide how to spend money that would be the Treasury's.

Camden, New Jersey, stands as a warning of what huge pockets of America could turn into.

Blogs

A new initiative aims to put wages at the heart of the inequality debate.

June 4, 2014

By forcing people on welfare to trade personal dignity for social entitlements, the system seeks to shrink public spending at an unconscionable moral cost.

May 29, 2014

A new study says the change could save lives and improve health statewide—good news for the 40 percent of poor households led by single women.

May 23, 2014

A new bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee focuses on tackling rural, not urban, hunger thereby focusing efforts on poor whites rather than people of color.

May 22, 2014

A big-city mayor proposes moving toward $15-an-hour. A movement builds.

May 2, 2014

With coal not paying the bills, West Virginia has turned to prison construction.

April 21, 2014

A new project by NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby, invites a reconsideration of a duty to the poor.

April 19, 2014

“It’s what happens when you don’t spend money on affordable housing.”

April 17, 2014

Why we still need a “Freedom Budget for All Americans.”

April 15, 2014

Stephen Black appears on Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how predators set up shop and grab a cut of their victims’ tax refunds. 

April 14, 2014