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Calif. Residents to Gov. Brown: ‘Lift Families Out of Poverty’

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 [...]
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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Which Group Now Receives the Most Food Stamps in U.S.?WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients. Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But [...]
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Doctors: Food Stamp Debate Neglects Hunger and HealthWASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes and [...]
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Nearly 1 in 3 in U.S. Experienced Post-Recession Poverty  Poverty is not static. Instead, it’s more like a revolving door, as many people move in and out of poverty over the course of time. So says a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau, which took a deep look at the people behind the poverty rates.  According to the report, nearly one in [...]
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Obama on Inequality: Raise the Wage, Secure Safety NetWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal on Dec. 4 to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty. “That should offend all of us,” he declared. “We are a better country [...]
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New Measure Puts Number of Poor People in U.S. at 49.7MWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday. The new measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty but does not replace [...]
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Creating Hunger? Food Stamps to be Reduced on Nov. 1In terms of the math, figuring out who will be affected in the country will be easy. Just walk outside and count the first seven people on the street - and then remember one of them. What might be harder is the realization that less does not mean more when it comes to families and individuals experiencing poverty and needing
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