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Despite Hundreds of Arrests, Striking Workers Remain Undaunted in Fight for $15 Minimum Wage

The strike, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, is the first of its kind since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. The nationwide action has inspired observers who see the workers’ solidarity and commitment to their cause as a lesson for progressives facing an extreme right-wing administration.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Hillary Clinton and Democrats’ Fatal Error: Writing Off White Workers in the Rust Belt

“No one that’s voting knows all the facts,” an Ohio voter said before the presidential election. “It’s a shame. They keep us so fucking busy and poor that we don’t have the time.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE



Insensitivity to Inequality Among Women Played a Crucial Role in Clinton’s Defeat

“[P]rofessional-class women, who have reaped a disproportionate share of feminism’s gains, have dominated the feminist movement, and the social distance between them and their less privileged sisters is wide and growing wider,” writes Kathleen Geier at The Nation.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE



Invisible Nation

Families represent 37 percent of today’s homeless population. Entire families live in the streets, in cars, in temporary shelters and in single motel rooms. A new book examines family homelessness in five American cities.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



‘Joint Way Forward’ Deal Does Not Lead to Peace or Progress for Afghans

The bilateral deal between the European Union and Afghanistan is another example of double standards and reinforces how little some people’s lives are valued in today’s world.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Community-Based ‘Bright Spots’ Offer Hope Against Climate Change

Scientists show how we can improve poor people’s lives by reversing practices that destroy the environment and fuel climate change.

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What the Narcissists Have Done to Our Jobs and Health

Many of the super wealthy move further to the political right, care less about the feelings and needs of others, and become anti-social, less generous with their money and less willing to support the economic needs of all members of society.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: The Latest Devastation of Haiti

Why is Haiti so vulnerable to disaster? In addition to geography, there’s a legacy of debt, poverty, political instability, foreign exploitation and negligence, corruption and violence.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Class of ’27’ Shows How Politicians and Mainstream Media Fail Rural America

The documentary series, which explores educational systems in rural communities across the United States, highlights the effects of poverty often overlooked in our political dialogue.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People

Isn’t it great how we solved the welfare problem? That’s the one thing that former President Clinton, Congress and even the media agree on.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty

To hear Clinton tell it, his presidency won the war on poverty three decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched it, having changed only the name. Seems he doesn’t know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



Mexico’s Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threats to Global Food Security

The indigenous group has built an autonomous, locally based food system that escapes corporate programs and practices that are fostering unprecedented poverty, hunger and suffering.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE


Former Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis Speaks Out on Poverty in His City (Video)

Outside the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with the retired officer about social justice and his political activism.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How an Uneven Economic Recovery Drove Many Americans to Believe Donald Trump Could Save This Country

In some downtrodden American towns, the question about whether or not to vote for the Republican nominee has more to do with a “desperate survival bid” than with his racist promises. 

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children

Part of the daily reality of poverty in America, evictions—along with mass incarceration—are the mechanisms used to destroy communities and profit from the misery of the poor.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Gives a Very Important Speech on Poverty (Video)

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet 47 million Americans are living in poverty. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the issue in West Virginia on May 5.

Posted on May 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Being a Poor Child in the U.S. Is Worse Than in Slovakia or Turkey

A new study by UNICEF places the United States at 18 out of 41 among the world’s wealthiest countries in terms of the well-being of their impoverished children.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



How a Canadian City Eradicated Homelessness With One Revolutionary Idea

It’s really a wonder more cities haven’t tried “Housing First,” which evolved from a New York City program begun decades ago.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich and Poor Keeps On Growing

Between 2001 and 2014, the difference in life expectancy between the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans and the poorest 1 percent widened to 14.6 years for men and 10.1 years for women, a study published by the American Medical Association shows.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Why Americans Should Care About Political Murders in Bangladesh

Bloggers’ deaths are buried in the language of terrorism, but it’s much more complicated than that.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



‘Rolling Nightmare’ of Suicide Attempts Prompts First Nation Community to Declare State of Emergency

In a Canadian indigenous community of 2,000 people, 11 in one day tried to take their own lives, after 28 tried during the previous month.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Wages of Sin

Huge segments of working-class whites—victims paying for the sins of American empire—are desperately seeking to halt change and re-create a mythical past. This is always the last, desperate gasp of a dying culture.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE



Taking On Corporations That Pollute Communities Not With Chemicals but With Poverty Wages

Economic justice activists across the country are demanding that corporate polluters pay a price for low wages.

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 READ MORE



Writer Chris Arnade: The Heroin Users I Know Suffered Nightmarish Childhoods

What do many adults who use heroin have in common? “Their childhoods were spent dealing with problems that would break most adults,” explains Chris Arnade at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE



Minimum Wage, Minimum Chance: On Being Nickel-and-Dimed in 2016

When presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about income inequality, and when other candidates speak about the minimum wage and food stamps, what are they really talking about?

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



How Government Can Get Smart

Here’s hoping that alongside the angry campaign to succeed him, President Obama and his budget chief, Shaun Donovan, will make their case for smart government and an approach to social policy that is both compassionate and pragmatic. You can even imagine a catchy slogan for their effort: “Yes, we can.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



Pity the Children

If we continue to ignore the hunger, poverty and desperate families and communities of our young, we guarantee there will be a huge, violent population plagued by crime, drug addiction and high incarceration rates. If we save the children, we save society.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



How Americans Are Increasingly Turning Their Backs on the Poor

A growing number of states are booting poor people from assistance programs.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



The Suicide of the Liberal Church

The liberal denominations and their seminaries, by betraying the poor, especially people of color, in a desperate bid to stay financially solvent, are making themselves obsolete.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



Richest 62 People Are as Wealthy as Half the World’s Population

British charity Oxfam calls for a crackdown on tax havens after its report finds the world’s wealthiest hiding $7.6 trillion from taxes.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



The Mirage of Justice

There seldom are trials for the poor. Instead, under threat of draconian sentences, they are forced to accept plea bargains. The system is a sham set up for elites with godlike powers who seek to advance themselves and their agendas at the expense of the downtrodden. 

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE



Broadband Rates Are Too Damn High

Low-income communities are being stranded as everyone else catches a ride on the information superhighway.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Minimum Wage Is Not a Livable Wage

Mr. Trump, take it from someone who has lived most of her life below the poverty line: Minimum wage is a starvation wage for many low-income individuals and families.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



I Am the Beggar of the World

In a striking collection of underground poetry written by Afghan women—and punctuated by photographs from the women’s lives—voices that are often silenced speak out about topics as varied as the Taliban, American occupation, sex, poverty, domestic abuse, marriage, Guantanamo and George W. Bush.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



20 U.S. Billionaires Now Own as Much Wealth as Half of All Americans

A new report reveals that the real wealth gap in America is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but between the .0001 percent and everybody else.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



How to Vet Nonprofits Before You Give

Using ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer and a charity’s own documents, you can make a more informed giving decision.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Who Turned My Blue State Red?

Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net. (The explanations might surprise you.)

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Crisis on Track to Push 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty

In response to a new study, the charity Oxfam urges the World Bank “to heed its own warnings and support equitable, low-carbon development.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



Spread of Drylands Will Hit Poorer Nations Hardest

Global warming, increasing aridity and a rapidly expanding human population will lead to drylands covering half of the earth’s land surface by the end of this century.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



More Than Half of U.S. Wage Earners Make Under $30,000 a Year, According to a Shocking New Report

Wage statistics for 2014, recently released by the Social Security Administration, provide proof of the claim we all feared was true: The middle class is disappearing.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



New 2015 Wealth Data Reveal U.S. Inequality at Its Ugliest

According to new data, nearly 50 million of America’s 243 million adults are part of the world’s poorest 10 percent.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



Half of World’s Wealth Now Owned by 1 Percent of Population

A new report by Credit Suisse reveals worldwide inequality to be growing even faster than experts had predicted.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Truth About Poverty and How to Address It

It’s high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

Pope Francis seems intent on forging a new, progressive path.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Americans and the Needs of Strangers

Of course we should do more for our own citizens who need a hand. But our failure to help some who are in need should never be an excuse for refusing to help those facing genuine catastrophe.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



Charity Is No Substitute for Revolutionary Activism

The cardinal sin of many charities is their exoneration of capitalism and capitalists—people who “make it their business to control what others need for life and a minimum standard of living”—of responsibility for the suffering that charities and their supporters seek to alleviate, writes philosopher Mathew Snow at Jacobin magazine.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Students From Low-Income Families Are More Likely to Drop Out of College

Even when financial aid covers the cost of higher education, many students from poor backgrounds leave college without finishing their four-year degree for a reason some may not expect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Cornel West on the Demonization of the Black Poor

In the second part of the two-part premiere episode of his TeleSUR show, “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges sits down with political commentator and professor Cornel West to discuss the dismantling of the black prophetic tradition and the dismissal of the plight of the poor by black elites.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



WATCH: Bernie Sanders: The Koch Brothers Would Love to Open U.S. Borders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he opposes opening U.S. borders to all immigrants on the basis that it would drive down wages by increasing the number of workers competing for American jobs.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE


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