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The Interrupters

For roughly two hours, acclaimed filmmakers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz give us a deep and intimate glimpse into the persistent epidemics of violence in America’s inner city black communities.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges

Hedges Talks About His New Book on NPR

Chris Hedges stopped by NPR on Thursday to discuss his new book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” with “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan. Click below to listen to the interview.

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Wal-Mart Heirs: The Rich Get Way Richer

The six members of the Walton family featured on Forbes’ list of the 400 wealthiest Americans have a combined net worth today of $102.7 billion—more than the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.

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The Poverty Epidemic Hits the Suburbs

Ignored by the presidential campaigns, poverty is hitting 1960s levels, and spreading to once-prosperous areas unequipped or unwilling to serve poor residents.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


Hedges to Appear on ‘Moyers & Company’

Chris Hedges will be a guest on this weekend’s episode of “Moyers & Company.” During his interview with Bill Moyers, Hedges will discuss America’s “sacrifice zones,” pockets of the U.S. that are mired in poverty and trapped in endless cycles of helplessness and despair because of the capitalistic greed that plagues this country.

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Joe Sacco

Why We Fight

The men and women in despair who rise up against the corporate onslaught don’t do it to save themselves. They do it because it is right.

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Who’s Not Putting Americans Back to Work

With the encouragement of Mitt Romney, House Republicans are doing everything they can to keep Americans from getting work, just to defeat President Obama.

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Waiting for the Trickle

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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Candidate

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Romney’s Indifference to the Poor

I wish Mitt Romney’s cavalier dismissal of poverty in America could be chalked up as just another gaffe, but it’s much worse than that.

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Mitt Romney Says He Is ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

Taken out of context, it doesn’t come as a total surprise, and that’s the problem for Romney. It’s not the kind of sound bite the trust fund candidate wants on the record.

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California: How Heartless Can You Get?

California Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested steep cuts to social programs that benefit parents and children on the verge of homelessness. Brown is hoping to close a $9.2 billion hole in the budget (and drum up support for tax hikes) by asking the state’s most desperate families to do without.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Erich Schlegel

Truthdiggers of the Week: Indiana University Poverty Researchers

Here’s a sobering dose of reality: Poverty in America has risen to the 27 percent mark in the last half-decade and, perhaps worse, the prospects for our nation’s poorest won’t necessarily get better as the economy picks up. It’s not news many want to hear, but we’re glad a group of researchers at Indiana University were gutsy enough to release it.

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At Risk: America’s Poor During and After the Great Recession

This study by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs examines the impact of the Great Recession and its aftermath on poverty in America.

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Millions of Americans to Be Driven Into Poverty, Study Says

The number of Americans living in poverty has grown by 27 percent, or 10 million people, since the beginning of the “Great Recession” in 2006, according to an Indiana University study. And because of continued cuts to welfare programs and an increase in new, poorly paid jobs, those figures will continue to rise.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Lays It All Out

C-SPAN goes in-depth with Chris Hedges during this three-hour interview, probing the author’s entire body of work. It is a comprehensive and fascinating discussion with one of the most important reporters on what he characterizes as our collapsing corporate empire. Hedges’ column returns next Monday.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Census Shows Nearly Half of Americans Are Struggling Financially

The general gist of findings from the 2010 census may not be shocking, but the actual numbers detailing the growing problem of the shrinking middle class in America are: Nearly half of all Americans qualify for the poor or low-income categories, making income inequality an issue that now splits the nation down the middle.

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Gingrich Still Supports Child Labor as Long as the Kids Are Really Poor

In order to combat what he views as a “culture of poverty,” the newly minted Republican front-runner believes poor kids ought to be employed as janitors in their schools.

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Childhood Poverty Soars in Oakland

Childhood suffering is on the rise in Oakland, where the U.S. Census Bureau found nearly three in 10 children living in poverty, more than double the number recorded three years ago. The city has the highest rate of child destitution in the Bay Area.

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AP / David Goldman

Below the Safety Net

The courageous people who work day and night in overcrowded urban emergency wards are forced to confront society’s failures.

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AP / Matt Rourke

Thanks for What?

On this Thanksgiving we have been cheated of the bounty of the harvest as one in three Americans descends into poverty.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Introducing the ‘Near Poor’

The Census Bureau published a new measure of poverty this month to more carefully count those Americans who are barely getting by. The new income category—“near poor”—is up for grabs to those in the OWS movement, who could use it to better tell their alternative story of broad American hardship. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE



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To Protest Foreclosures, San Jose Priest Divests $3 Million From Bank of America

Father Eduardo Samaniego, the Jesuit pastor of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Jose, Calif., protested foreclosures by Bank of America against those in his flock and beyond by moving $3 million of his parish’s funds to a local credit union. (more)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



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The War Against the Poor

We’ve been at war for decades now—not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home. Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE


Poverty and Infant Mortality

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On Edge of Paradise, Coachella Workers Live in Grim Conditions

Arsenic-tainted water, raw sewage that backs up into the shower and other horrors make one end of Avenue 54, where residents of the eastern Coachella Valley’s roughly 125 illegal trailer park sites make their home, a place of grim housekeeping.

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Portraits of Misery in Coachella

For those who live there, life at the wrong end of Avenue 54 in Southern California’s eastern Coachella Valley is a hot, rotting hell. As you head east, the “Bermuda shorts, putting greens and picture-window champagne dinners” found in abundance near the Arnold Palmer Golf Course give way to … (more)

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE



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22 Percent of American Children Live in Poverty

The Census Bureau reports that in 2010, more Americans descended into poverty than in any other time since the government started keeping track in 1959. The 2010 poverty threshold for a family of four was a mere $22,314 a year, and 46.2 million of us have been surviving on that or less.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE


Cornel West Recalls the Attica Prison Rebellion

Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Riverside Church in New York City on Friday during an evening of remembrance for another sort of 9/11. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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The 10 Worst U.S. State Economies

AlterNet has compiled a list of the 10 worst U.S. state economies by measures of unemployment, time out of work, per capita income, median net worth, poverty, access to health insurance and foreclosure. (more)

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



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MLK’s Vision of Justice

King was a passionate advocate for economic justice, speaking not just for African-Americans but for all Americans seeking to pull themselves out of poverty and dysfunction. On this score, we haven’t just failed to make sufficient progress. We’ve stopped trying.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Welfare Reform in a Jobless Economy

Although the recession has increased demand for social programs such as food stamps, welfare rolls have not kept pace with the drastic increase in human misery. Long story short: Welfare reform, launched 15 years ago in a booming economy, broke the system … (more)

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Hurricane Katrina Pain Index 2011

With Hurricane Irene fixing to beat up much of the American Mid-Atlantic, now may be a good time to examine the legacy of Hurricane Katrina and U.S. “government bungling” for many of the still-stunned inhabitants of New Orleans. (more)

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Activist Spells Out Our Great Shame

Gus Speth, environmental lawyer, former Clinton adviser and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute, who was arrested Sunday at the White House while protesting a proposed oil pipeline, has some bad news for American optimists. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

U.K. Rioters: Young, Poor, Male and Unemployed

The Guardian put together a database of court cases of those detained during and after the unrest that swept London in early August after Metropolitan Police shot 29-year-old Mark Duggan in the city’s Tottenham neighborhood. (more)

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Naomi Klein on Riots and Resistance

Britain’s riots were not political, we are assured, and looting is simply un-British, but “Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein takes a different view: From Iraq to Argentina, when corrupt elites pass the bill to the struggling masses, civil unrest is to be expected.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Barbara Ehrenreich: ‘Poverty Has Been Criminalized in America’

Ten years ago, writer Barbara Ehrenreich published “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” a blockbuster book on the state of the working poor in America. (more)

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AP / Nick Ut

America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

The unrest tearing apart Britain greatly resembles that of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and conditions across the U.S. could set off a new explosion of violence.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


The Top 1 Percent

Al-Jazeera’s slick video news magazine “Fault Lines” investigates the incredible income disparity in the United States that now sees 40 percent of the nation’s wealth in the hands of the top 1 percent. Spoiler alert: The rich get richer, and it’s not very pleasant.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 READ MORE



EU Battles Extremes

The EU decides to address far-right extremism; education fails to solve poverty and inequality, while Netflix may destroy TV networks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Food Terrorism’ Next Door to the Magic Kingdom

In the past few weeks, no fewer than 21 people have been arrested in Orlando, Fla., the home of Disney World, for handing out free food in a park.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Poverty Wrecks the Mind, Not Just the Wallet

Research conducted over the last two decades lends powerful credence to the claim that chronic poverty cripples an individual’s ability to make sound financial choices, with each decision exacting a “psychic cost” that diminishes the mental fortitude needed to make subsequent tough choices. (more)

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Second-Class Students

In a recent interview, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith shared with me one of the most mind-numbing statistics I have ever heard.

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Wal-Mart’s Customers Are Running Out of Money

After it destroyed neighborhood retailers, forced manufacturing overseas and helped bankrupt the middle class, Wal-Mart is suddenly surprised to learn that its customers are too poor to shop ... (more)

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Soaring Food Prices Threaten Asia’s Poor

Due to rising food prices, the Asian Development Bank is forecasting a surge in the number of people counted within the region’s severely impoverished class.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


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