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Four Out of Five Adult Americans Face Poverty, Joblessness

So much for the American dream. Based on new survey data released exclusively by The Associated Press, it appears that economic insecurity is becoming the new norm in the U.S.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Urban Poverty Made Me Ask Questions

The Truthdig columnist tells The Real News how his experience living in the inner city in Boston shaped his perspective as a journalist.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

America’s Lowest Class

For the hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t even have a roof to sleep under, things are getting only worse.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Low Wage Workers in New York City Speak Out

A 25-year-old fast food worker from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn went on record in the newspaper of record to say that life earning just above minimum wage is not desirable for herself or her children.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Rise Up or Die

We must either defy the corporate state or accept our extinction as a species. We have been stripped of the power to express dissent or effect change. Rebellion is the only way to remain fully human.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE


Have You Met This Man?

Ronald Davis is a Chicago resident who has been homeless for about a year and a half. In a heartbreaking interview filmed on the street, he talks about what it’s like to be one of the millions of Americans in his situation.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Education: Poverty Is the Crux of the Problem

If income divide is at the root of current public education deficits, that chasm must be narrowed by reducing the factors that perpetuate poverty.

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Pope Francis: A Social Conservative Who Loves the Poor?

The first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years was connected to the abduction of two Jesuit priests and has called the Argentine government’s legalization of gay marriage “an attempt to destroy God’s plan.”

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Phoenix in the Climate Cross Hairs

If you want a taste of the brutal new climate to come, don’t think of Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy. Look to Phoenix, where if the power goes out, people fry.

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Chavez

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Stock Market Surge

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Hungry Children Will Be Among First to Suffer From Sequestration

The difference between a natural disaster and a disaster caused by politicians is that the latter will almost always hit the poor and the obscure most heavily.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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‘World Can End Poverty and Limit Warming’

A U.N. scheme to guarantee everyone access to clean energy could help keep global temperature rise below 2°C, but only with sharp cuts in emissions of all the main greenhouse gases.

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Obama to Set Deportation Record

By 2014, the Obama administration will have deported more people than were expelled from 1892 to 1997; a majority of Californians believe that increasing the number of guidance counselors in schools would be more beneficial for safety than adding armed police officers; and while some see the fall of print journalism as a tragedy, others see it as an opportunity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Mexico’s War Against Hunger

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The Mastermind Behind

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Kelly Branan

Remembering the Real Martin Luther King

More than 40 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr., one of the great prophets of American democracy, has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Sky’s the Limit

The gifts you’ve already been given in 2012 include a struggle over the fate of the earth. This is probably not what you asked for, and I wish it were otherwise—but to do good work, to be necessary, to have something to give: These are the true gifts.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Dave Collins

Obamacare Begins

Throughout the country, health professionals, politicians and health care activists are meeting about how to implement the Affordable Care Act now that it has been upheld by the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama’s re-election.

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Deadbeats and ‘Dynastic Wealth’

With his dismissal of 47 percent of Americans this week, Mitt Romney gave Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston an opportunity to talk about how Republicans blame members of the public for the economic conditions conservatives have made for them.

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One in Five Children Impoverished in U.S.

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau report a steady decline in median household income for Americans, a yawning inequality gap and more than one in five children under age 18 living in poverty.

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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


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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.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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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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AP/Jae C. Hong

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.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE


Simplicity

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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.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE


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.

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AP/Jae C. Hong

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.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



Brad Montgomery (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



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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