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Number of People in ‘Poverty Areas’ Soars to 77.4 Million

Number of People in ‘Poverty Areas’ Soars to 77.4 Million

For families, community groups, policymakers and businesses, more work needs to be done – that is, if you want to end poverty. It’s been called violence in slow motion. Many are working to redefine and rethink poverty to make progress so people can have food, education, affordable housing, health care and a living wage.  Now, [...]
Ariz. Official: Sorry for Calling Food Stamp Users ‘Lazy Pigs’PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist. Huppenthal was barely composed from the beginning of the packed [...]
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When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step BackEvery great social movement has been led by those most affected. The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception. This is no top-down “War on Poverty” that can be abandoned at the whim of politicians. This is a movement bubbling [...]
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Your Reaction to the Summit on Working Families?Would you like to tell our elected leaders what families need to thrive in America? What issues in your community are being overlooked? What are solutions? The White House Summit on Working Families took place on Monday, June 23. But the opportunity remains for you to add your direct voice - and your family's experience - to the national dialogue
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley’s tech boom can’t even make ends meet anymore. Buditom rooms with his sister [...]
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Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter WordWhat does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined? Let’s start with the dictionary. According to the professional word-wranglers at Merriam-Webster, poverty is “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” Even in the supposedly neutral arena [...]
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Calif. Residents to Gov. Brown: ‘Lift Families Out of Poverty’  It was the day before taxes were due – and more than 200 people gathered outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles with a message about priorities for the state’s share of those public dollars. In fact, they had several messages: Public money needs to be invested in schools, communities and safety [...]
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The War on Poverty Hasn’t Failed – It’s the EconomyWe have spent the last year memorializing the events of 1963 which led to the enactment of the major civil rights legislation of that decade. The events that played out in cities like Birmingham and Selma, and other countless communities across our country, were among the first that were brought into the living rooms of [...]
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Across Race, Generation: Pete Seeger and Ending PovertyPete Seeger knew the power of song. Through it, he influenced generations of people across the country and world. He was one of the few artists to take the power of music and use it to inspire people to move America toward a more equitable society.
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USDA: More Healthy Food Available to WIC RecipientsWASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables. The changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, will go into place by next year. The Agriculture [...]
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