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Carlos Puma / California Watch

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.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



Brian Auer (CC-BY)

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)

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Joe Hall (CC-BY)

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.

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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)

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Flickr / Shoshanah

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)

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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.

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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



Flickr / kallao

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)

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Flickr / Ryan Vaarsi

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Flickr / slynkycat

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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Wikimedia / Brave New Films

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.

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Jorge Andrés Paparoni Bruzual (CC-BY-SA)

Soaring Food Prices Drive Millions Into Poverty

Food prices shot up 36 percent in the last year, according to the World Bank, adding 44 million people to the ranks of the impoverished. For people who spend most of their money on food, it’s devastating when the price of maize, to take one example, goes up 74 percent as it did this year. (more)

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Hard Times and Homeless Kids

With the number of kids living below the poverty line closing in on 25 percent, homelessness and hunger are becoming normal for American children, as illustrated by this “60 Minutes” report.

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U.N.’s Poverty Goals

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After the U.N. Summit

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AP / Oded Balilty

The China Superpower Hoax

How is a country with a lower per capita income than Kazakhstan, one of the worst environmental records of any major nation and a dictatorship, besides, hailed by so many as the next global superpower?

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Waiter, There’s Porn in My Slideshow

Why you should always do a test run before a presentation, what America’s war dead say about the class divide, and how air travel in coach could get a whole lot worse.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Agency for International Development

Checking Up on the Millennium Development Goals

Anyone remember the Millennium Development Goals that nations made at the beginning of this millennium? Well, it turns out some people do, and they are meeting Monday to evaluate the efficacy of efforts to reduce poverty, disease, intolerance and inequality.

Posted on Sep 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Misserion (CC-BY)

One of Seven Americans Lives in Poverty

One out of every seven Americans lived through 2009 in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. Working Americans haven’t been this poor in 50 years. The poverty line—$21,954 or less annual income for a family of four—is quite low and the number of Americans struggling to get by is much higher still.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / seastoxfam

‘Robin Hood Tax’ Gains Currency

A leaked IMF report shows that there is growing international backing for a tax on bank profits, part of what has been dubbed a “Robin Hood tax” that, if ultimately agreed upon, would raise money to help those pushed deeper into poverty by the global financial crisis and to restore public services.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Pakistan Floodwaters Keep on Coming

New flooding in Pakistan continues to take a devastating toll on the country, as floodwaters sweep southward and have led to the displacement of an estimated 1 million people in Sindh province in just two days.

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Flickr / Troy Holden

Obama and Urban Crisis

James Harris and Harry Edwards discuss President Obama and the myth of post-racial society, James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” and why now is the time to repair the black community in urban cities such as Oakland.

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AP / Mohammad Sajjad

Pakistan’s Flood Misery Continues

The worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years has killed more than 1,600 people and affected an unbelievable 12 million people. But there may be more misery to come as the country braces for yet more monsoon rains.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti, Six Months After the Earthquake

July 12 marked the six-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left much of the country in ruins.

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AP / Saul Loeb

Troubled Times Slash G-8 Aid Pledge

With the scent of the global financial crisis swimming in their nostrils, G-8 leaders pledged a mere $5 billion in aid to reduce deaths among African mothers and infants, a decrease of 90 percent in the funding promised five years ago at the group’s meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 READ MORE


Another World Is Possible, Another Detroit Is Happening

“I have a dream.” Ask anyone where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first proclaimed those words, and the response will most likely be at the March on Washington in August 1963. In fact, he delivered them two months earlier, on June 23, in Detroit.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / thaths

Millions at Risk in Africa Drought

With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year’s crops and has left the region’s agricultural economy in ruins.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


Financial Reform Won’t Alter Capitalism’s Icarus Trajectory

Perhaps the most troubling reality in the 21st century is that our economics now dictates our cultural values, rather than the reverse, where we the people would decide how resources, production and mutual prosperity should be systematized to achieve the best society for all.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges on Poverty and the Permanent Lower Class

In an April 10 speech for the Poverty Initiative, at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Chris Hedges cuts right to the chase: “I think we have to face the fact that the Poverty Initiative and the civil rights movement failed,” he says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Invisible Ward 8

Entrenched black poverty, with all its causes and implications, barely makes a ripple in the public debate these days.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Catholic Bishop ‘Can See the Arguments’ for Condoms in Third World

The highest-ranking Catholic clergyman in England and Wales, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, has made the slightest of admissions that he understands why contraception use may seem, well, useful under certain conditions—such as poverty, for example.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Surviving Without a Safety Net

People are just barely hanging on at employment offices, homeless shelters, food banks and community centers around the country. Help is needed right away and Barack Obama is struggling to give it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Tracking the Status of the World’s Women

To mark International Women’s Day, Ms. magazine has helpfully broken down some femme-focused reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, detailing how the global group’s Platform for Action empowerment program is faring after 15 years and describing the challenges and gains that women around the world are facing in 2010.

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Flickr / Luis Iturra

Waiting for Aid in Chile

Chile may be way better off economically than Haiti, but many survivors of the Feb. 27 earthquake in the South American country are still awaiting government help a full week after the fifth-strongest temblor ever recorded.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Rebuilding Haiti to Take Generations

The United Nations has offered a sobering estimate of how long it will take to rebuild Haiti: With the country starting “below zero” and relief and redevelopment logistics still a “nightmare,” efforts to bring Haiti to its pre-earthquake days will take generations.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press

Food Crisis Grows in Haiti

It’s been nearly two weeks since the cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, and the life-or-death issue of food distribution looms larger than ever, despite the concerted efforts of various aid organizations—and the efforts of Haitians themselves—to combat starvation.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Mat Packer

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Apologizes for Comparing the Poor to ‘Stray Animals’

South Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has apologized for comparing poor people to “stray animals” that are encouraged by gifts of food to breed uncontrollably. Bauer, who is running in the state’s gubernatorial election, told CNN while apologizing that he is “not against animals.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Henry Griffin

Turning King’s Dream Into a Nightmare

Martin Luther King Day has become a yearly ritual to turn a black radical into a red-white-and-blue icon. It has become a day to celebrate ourselves for “overcoming” racism and “fulfilling” King’s dream. It is a day filled with old sound bites about little black children and little white children that, given the state of America, would enrage King.

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Flickr / Mills Baker

Half of America’s Children Will Get Food Stamps

About half of all American children will receive food stamps by the age of 20. Among black children, the figure is a stunning 90 percent. A new study drew those conclusions from data spanning 1968 to 1997. (Continued)

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


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