Category: Poverty

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Michael Yates: Measuring Global Inequality

If the reality of global inequality inspires what Antonio Gramsci famously called “pessimism of the intellect,” the real work must begin with what he called “optimism of the will”—the undaunted commitment that drives radical change

Patrick Strickland: Life on the Pine Ridge Native American reservation

Where life expectancy is the second-lowest in the western hemisphere and 80 percent of people are unemployed

David Madden: The Permanent Crisis of Housing

Under capitalism, housing is never secure for the working class

Alice O’Connor: The Politics of Poverty

Poverty Is a Product of the Institutions We Have in Society

Anita Sinha: Stealing Labor

Why combating wage theft—including non-payment, denial of overtime, requiring off-the-clock work and paying below minimum wage—should be a bigger political priority

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Sue Sturgis: How labor unions curb racial inequality

Decade in which the income gap began to widen dramatically in the U.S., a period that also saw the beginning of a sharp decline in unionization rates: 1970s

Judith Coburn: America’s Criminal Injustice System

The Annals of a Private Eye

Baher Kamal: One Humanity? Millions of Children Tortured, Smuggled, Abused, Enslaved

69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million will live in poverty, and 263 million are out of school

Benjamin Selwyn: Rethinking Recovery: Poverty Chains and Global Capitalism

Reorienting value generated within ‘global poverty chains’ is essential to improve the lives of an impoverished world labor force

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Sarah Lazare: The Myth of Upward Mobility in America

Researchers find that those who start out poor are likely to remain so

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