Poverty

Contrary to the New York Times' estimates that poverty rates would dwindle with the release of the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), the Census Bureau is reporting that more than 49 million Americans are struggling to meet the costs of food, clothing, shelter, and utilities. ...
11/07/2011
Blog
Sometimes getting it half right means that you got it all wrong. Such is the case with the New York Times' coverage of the Census' Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). In "Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say" the Times reports that, on Monday, the Census Bureau will...
11/04/2011
Blog
A general rule of thumb: Whenever a conservative commentator talks about inequality, there’s an ulterior motive. David Brooks’s commentary in the New York Times yesterday entitled “The Wrong Inequality” is certainly one of those cases. In his column, Brooks’s armchair...
11/01/2011
Blog
“Do we not always find the diseases of the populace traceable to defects in society?”, asked Rudolf Virchow, the 19th century physician and polymath who is widely credited with being one of the earliest medical scholars to acknowledge the link between socioeconomic marginalization and disease. In...
10/11/2011
News/Resource
"What do you think when the President brags about the fact that he is willing to cut home heating oil assistance to the poor along with Republicans to prove that he's getting tough, when you and I know that it's not the poor that are bankrupting us. It's not the poor. It's middle class entitlements...
08/15/2011
Blog
GritTV with Laura Flanders Sasha Abramsky, investigative journalist and Demos Senior Fellow, talks with GRITtv's Laura Flanders about hunger, homelessness, and the hidden scandal of hunger in the U.S, the subject of his most recent book,BreadlineUSA. For the full interview, click here.
07/14/2009
Video
New York, NY — In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, investigative journalist and Demos Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky exposes the untold story of America's hunger crisis in his new book, Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How...
06/09/2009
Press Release
Trapped in a triangle of the housing market collapse, rising energy costs, and an increasingly dysfunctional healthcare system, America's working poor are now battling an even more formidable enemy: hunger. This time, the battle is taking place well outside of the media spotlight, which has focused...
03/24/2009
Publication
Sure, Americans are second-guessing their spending habits, and as a result, skipping things like their daily latte, upgrading their Ipod, going out for a meal or buying their child the latest video game. These are the easy spending cuts to make — the niceties we often take for granted but that any...
03/10/2009
News/Resource
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