The Poverty-Fighting Power of Social Security

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American society is better off with less poverty and less of the many social problems associated with poverty. Social Security is our strongest poverty-fighting program; therefore our leaders should act to keep the program strong. Of the programs existing today, none compare to Social Security in its ability to reduce the national poverty rate. The […]

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The Best Anti-Poverty Program Is a Good Job

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This week, we will once again see that the Latino and African American poverty rates are more than double the non-Hispanic white poverty rate. The persistence of high poverty rates among these two groups can lead one to think that there are no policy options to address this problem, but this is not the case. We […]

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Connecting Alaska to the Gulf Coast and to Racial Wealth Inequality

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by Algernon Austin This week, President Obama was in Alaska to call attention for the need for global action on climate change. Last week, he was in New Orleans commemorating the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While Alaska is 4,000 miles away from Louisiana, both states face similar challenges from climate change. And, in both […]

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Unpacking Poverty: Three Steps to Ensuring Educational Success for All

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Step One: Call It Out Education has been labeled the “civil rights issue of our time.” Dropout factories––high schools where no more than 60% of the students that start as freshmen make it to their senior year––has become a common-day term. These low-performing public schools tend to be in the poorest zip codes across our country. The negative […]

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Policy Round Up: Poverty in America

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As President Obama enters his second-term, over 46 million Americans are living in poverty. With a campaign dedicated to rejuvenating the economy and his administration’s recent focus on the “fiscal cliff”, some are worried that the president is overlooking poverty. Here is what experts are saying about the issue of poverty in 2013:

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Save the Child Tax Credit for Hardworking Families

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For several months, we have been bracing for an attack on immigrant families who earn the Child Tax Credit. Over the past few days, Republican lawmakers have made clear that no matter is too urgent or too serious for them to resist going back to the anti-immigrant playbook to score political points.

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Signs of Hope in the Global Water Crisis

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There are many ways of looking at the global water crisis: conflict over waterways that cross state or international boundaries, drought or flood creating extremes, conservation and biodiversity, even the choice of whether to use water to grow crops or wash cars. But by far the most common manifestation of the water crisis is the […]

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The Poverty of Blackness… Your Control or Theirs.

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Let me say up front, I am no expert on poverty. By that I mean that I am not a statistician or a sociologist, nor do I belong to any related group considered fluent in the language of poverty. I am, however, a business owner in Harlem, which led me to my Gandhi moment of […]

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