Category: Poverty

Mike Ferner: Waiting for the Outside World

In the “old days” of the U.S. peace movement, when many people focused on the threat of a global nuclear “exchange” an organization called Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) postulated what would happen if a major American city was actually blasted by an atomic bomb. The doctors described utterly horrific scenarios extending far beyond the Read more…

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Paul Street: Race, Place, and the Perils of Prisonomics

I t’s the silences that speak the loudest in dominant media’s coverage of current events. Consider, for example, a Detroit News story that appeared in mid -uly 2001 under the curious title “Ionia Finds Stability in Prisons.” This article told the enlightening tale of how the semi-rural Michigan town of Ionia, located halfway between Lansing Read more…

Dan Frosch: Un-Housing the Poor

In December 1998, Tarrah Leach’s life finally hit rock bottom. She was barely 17 years old, already a mother of two small infant daughters, and hiding out in a domestic shelter. She’d been married only a year, a difficult year that the teenage couple spent first in a homeless shelter and then in a small Read more…

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Ruth Rosen: Old Women in the Cold

My 91-year-old friend Alice, like many elderly women, has outlived her modest savings. All that stands between her and destitution is the $800 check she receives from Social Security and small contributions from a handful of caring friends and relatives. She is not alone. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC, estimates that Read more…

Maya Rockeymoore: Black History, Bush Style

Just in time for Black History Month, the nation enters a dialogue about race that could have important socioeconomic implications for generations of African Americans. At issue is President Bush’s charge that the Social Security system is unfair to African Americans because they do not live as long as whites and cannot draw down on Read more…

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Paul Street: Inequality, Deep Poverty, and Moral Vision

Comments to Work, Welfare and Families Annual Summit on Low-Income Families Chicago, IL November 11, 2004 I want to thank Work, Welfare, and Families for inviting me to speak today. I’d also like to thank the Institute for Women’s Policy Research for the solid work they are doing documenting and explaining the disturbing increases in Read more…

Cp Pandya: Bush Leaves Rhetoric On Poverty Behind

As heads of state from around the world gather here in New York for the 59th UN General Assembly, where they will exchange mostly empty promises and hollow cries of despair for human suffering and injustice, one George W. Bush, has decided to rise above the rhetoric by opting not even to take part in Read more…

Guest Author: Health Olympics

We watch the Olympics with fascination as countries compete to win the most gold medals and be ‘the best.’ But surely athletics are not the only important area for comparing achievements. Consider the Health Olympics, the ranking of countries by life expectancy – a measure of the health of a nation’s people. Born today, at Read more…

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Saul Landau: Really Bad Trade News Obscured By Distractingly Bad News On Other Fronts

  By Saul Landau “The poor and the marginalized are most commonly denied justice and would benefit most from the fair application of the rule of law and human rights. Yet despite the increasing discourse on the indivisibility of human rights, in reality economic, social and cultural rights are neglected, reducing human rights to a Read more…

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Paul Street: Republicans, Cities, and Cruise Ships

U nited States House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who comes from the suburbs of Houston, wants to minimize contact between Republican Party delegates and the people of New York City when the Republicans hold their political convention there next August 30 to September 2. Last November, we learned that he pushed for the Read more…

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