Poverty

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07/09/2012
Event
  Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert spoke with Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC about the White House's response to a recent piece he penned on poverty in America. Herbert defended his argument that 100+ million Americans who live near or below the poverty rate are left out of political...
06/04/2012
Video
A few weeks ago Bob Herbert sat down with 20 students from a public school in the Bronx and asked them to talk about their lives -- young lives lived in poverty. Kids aged 13 and 14. Their stories were shocking.   Herbert wrote about the interview in these pages, and about our nation's failure...
05/31/2012
Blog
The youngsters filed into the large conference room at the Community Service Society in Manhattan. Each picked up a slice of pizza and a can of soda from a small table that had been set up along one wall, then took a seat at the large table in the center of the room. They were from a public school...
05/15/2012
Blog
Clarksdale, Mississippi, might seem an unlikely starting point for a meditation on twenty-first-century American inequality. After all, the music the town’s fame rests on is born of the sorrow and racial exploitations of another century. Clarksdale proudly markets itself as the home of the blues:...
05/04/2012
News/Resource
The most recent hunger statistics in the U.S. are startling: In 2010, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children lived in food insecure households.  Despite the clear need for food stamps the House Agriculture Committee voted last week to drastically cut spending on the Supplemental...
04/24/2012
Blog
A decade ago, Tammy Jaime lost everything to drugs. She and her husband spent through their savings, lost their home and car, and ended up in the rural northern California mountains, begging for food for their children. Jaime won her battle against drugs, but finds she’s still struggling to feed...
02/16/2012
News/Resource
Understanding modern poverty as a product of specific policies and specific failings of political will sets the stage for change; not the superficial changes embodied by soaring sound bites, but the kind of change that alters generations' aspirations, that shifts a nation's political priorities....
01/06/2012
News/Resource
Demos Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky, with the support of the Open Society Institute, launched a new website to host his interviews with a number of Americans facing poverty from all around the country.  TheVoicesOfPoverty.org features stories and important statistics that aims to help stir...
12/19/2011
Press Release
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