Poverty

Conservatives love to throw around the argument that Americans are overly reliant on the government. In fact, though, many needy Americans don't take advantage of safety net programs they are eligible for because they have too much pride. And many others are denied access to such programs because...
09/25/2012
Blog
Another installment of "Debate This!" which explores topics not covered by the nation's major political campaigns. This week, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert and Community Service Society CEO David Jones discuss poverty.
09/18/2012
Video
The Census data released today reinforces that reducing poverty should be a national priority. The headline? From 2010 to 2011 official poverty rate remained flat at 15%. That's better than many analysts expected, but it's still a pressing problem. That's also just one measure. Dylan...
09/12/2012
Blog
The new Census data on poverty is out and it's filled with all the usual depressing facts. Fifteen percent of Americans live below the poverty line -- an official threshold which itself is laughably low and detached from reality. More accurate measurements have long found that a greater share of...
09/12/2012
Blog
From the back seat of Steve Gates’s white Pontiac, Monique Robbins spotted Jasmine Coleman walking home from school alone. It was an icy December afternoon on Chicago’s South Side, and Jasmine’s only protection against the wind was a thin purple jacket. She looked cold. Gates pulled the car over to...
08/15/2012
News/Resource
A core pillar of conservative ideology is that many federal responsibilities should be devolved to the states. A far away central bureaucracy, the argument goes, is inherently less likely to respect liberty and act efficiently than smaller state governments -- ideally run by part-time legislators...
08/07/2012
Blog
Fifty years ago, Michael Harrington's classic exposé The Other America shed light on widespread poverty in the United States and helped pave the way for reforms that have improved the lives of millions of Americans. But with millions of people still living below the poverty line even before the...
07/19/2012
Data Byte
President Miles Rapoport was on Richard French Live to discuss the state of poverty 50 years after Michael Harrington's groundbreaking The Other America. Rapoport argued "the economic insecurity that so many people in the middle class and the working class feel has become much more widespread"...
07/19/2012
Video
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we  can’t have both.    – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis Why We Must End Massive Economic Inequality in America and Rescue Our Children from Epidemic Poverty, Unjust...
07/17/2012
Event
The think tank Demos has been doing a really stellar job commemorating the anniversary of Michael Harrington’s “The Other America” — as mentioned in my poverty charts post yesterday — and their best item so far is this series of beautiful interactive charts illustrating the state of poverty in...
07/12/2012
News/Resource
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