Poverty

Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss

Across the UK, families are being forced into the red by one small, unexpected cost that triggers a downward spiral into precarious poverty<p>As the cocktail of long-term austerity, rising living costs and a slumping post-Brexit economy hits, what’s really frightening is the crisis that is brewing but …

Budgeting

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

For nearly a century, people have reported mysterious epidemics of permanent paralysis in rural regions of Africa. In 1990, Hans Rosling a Swedish epidemiologist andpop-starstatistician, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month, linked the malady to cyanide in the staple crop, cassava.<p>But …

Africa

The Future of Not Working

<b>The village is</b> poor, even by the standards of rural Kenya. To get there, you follow a power line along a series of unmarked roads. Eventually, that power line connects to the school at the center of town, the sole building with electricity. Homesteads fan out into the hilly bramble, connected by …

Basic Income

Teen Hunger Is Still Overlooked

A new working paper examines how poor U.S. families make tough decisions about stretching limited food.<p>A survey of 1,500 extremely poor families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio found that teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters. The study, newly published …

How soccer is changing the lives of girls in Kenya

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Social Media

Trump Vowed to Protect the Safety Net. What if His Appointees Disagree?

WASHINGTON — Two days before Election Day, Donald J. Trump traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, and proclaimed that he was the protector of federal programs aimed at helping elderly and low-income Americans. It was Hillary Clinton, he said, who was an untrustworthy steward of the working class and who …

Retirement

Four richest Indonesian men have more wealth than 100 million poor people

The number of dollar billionaires in the country rose from one in 2002 to 20 in 2016, says an Oxfam report.<p>The jarring wealth gap between the rich …

Wealth

Housing push helps homeless youth find their way home | Homeless Initiative

Looking back on it now, Eustolia Farias thinks it was inevitable that she would wind up homeless at a young age.<p>Her mother took off when she was a …

Homelessness

County wants to turn Sylmar Armory into 24/7 homeless shelter

It would be the only shelter in the area<p>The little-used Sylmar Armory, owned by the California National Guard, could soon become the site of a new homeless shelter, as the <i>L</i><i>os</i> <i>A</i><i>ngeles</i> <i>Daily News</i> reports.<p>Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Kathryn Barger introduced a motion Tuesday that …

Los Angeles

ACTU: Penalty rate cuts will create 'a new class of working poor'

Protesting outside the Fair Work Commission. Image: UnitedVoice Victoria<p>The Fair Work Commission decision to cut Sunday penalty rates will hit …

Australian News

Draft of first Trump budget would cut legal aid for millions of poor Americans

Draft proposes elimination of Legal Services Corporation, which provides free legal assistance to low-income people, victims of domestic violence and others<p>Cuts in Donald Trump’s first draft budget to funding for legal aid for millions of Americans could strip much-needed protections from victims …

Government

Low-Income PoCs Still Don't Trust The Police, But Would Work With Them

While trying to catch a bus to school, Emilio Mayfield, 16, jaywalked. When he didn't comply with a police officer's command to get out of the bus lane, a scuffle ensued. Mayfield was struck in the face with a baton and arrested by nine Stockton, Cal. police officers. The arrest was captured on …

Policing

Breaking News! Global Prosperity Is Growing

<i>By Gary Alexander</i><p><i>Did you hear the breaking news? Yesterday, 138,000 people rose out of extreme poverty. Another 138,000 rose out of extreme poverty</i> …

Business

Here is Why The World Needs More Women Entrepreneurs

Let's take a look at many of the co-occurring factors that create an increasing need for more women entrepreneurs in the global marketplace.<p>From the Center for International Enterprise to the Harvard Business Review, business experts have agreed for several years that the world needs to support the …

Entrepreneurship

Peggy, 96, has been volunteering at a homeless shelter for 80 years

<b>This pensioner has been volunteering to help the homeless for 80 years.</b><p>Peggy Maskrey, 96, has been helping out at the same centre for homeless and …

UK News

Donald Trump Signing Executive Order Cutting Off Welfare to ‘Deadbeats’ Is Fake News

Flickr<p>Reports that President Donald Trump signed an executive order cutting off welfare to “deadbeats, drug addicts and scam artists” are <b>false</b>. Trump …

Government

New Moving Video Proves Why Poverty Is Sexist

Poverty affects millions of people around the world — but women and girls are hit the hardest.<br>A moving new one-minute video by ONE, a campaigning and …

Justin Trudeau

As Dallas ISD's homeless student population reaches 'catastrophic' numbers, a plea and a proposal | Commentary

The numbers, Mark Pierce says -- again and again, to anyone who will listen -- are "sort of catastrophic." And they are only getting worse.<p>The lone …

Dallas

Want a Raise? These U.S. Industries Are Driving Wage Growth - Bloomberg

Wages are finally accelerating, and if you dig into which industries are driving that change, there's reason to hope that the pickup could …

Illinois Lottery Exacerbates Inequities in Chicago

Ellen Hao<p>Every year, the Illinois State Lottery contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to help fund public education in Illinois, but areas with …

Education

Critics upset B.C. government didn’t raise welfare rate in budget

The B.C. government billed its fifth consecutive balanced budget as a chance to spread the wealth, but critics say that generosity failed to stretch to those living on social assistance, who have not seen an increase in the provincial welfare rate in a decade.<p>British Columbia has the third-lowest …

British Columbia

This Video Shows How 'Poverty is Sexist'

“None of us are equal, until all of us are equal.”<p>That’s the main message in a new video by ONE to draw attention to the sexism women in poverty face. While there’s a lot to fight for in our own lives (like anti-reproductive rights laws and sexual assault prevention to name a few), women around the …

Gender

Having a Child Will Bankrupt You

American child care is expensive, dangerous, and unreliable. Kids and parents are paying a steep price.<p>For a while Angelica Gonzalez was able to make everything work. Shortly after she graduated college, she landed a dream job—working as a family liaison in a school district—and she qualified for …

Parenting

Shocking extent of Greece’s poverty REVEALED as EU-enforced austerity CRIPPLES nation

While Greece is not the worst European country for poverty levels - Romania and Bulgaria are worse - the Mediterranean nation is not far behind as …

Greece

Trump’s first budget would end program to help low-income Americans get lawyers

Cut would reinforce America’s “rigged system.”<p>A small, efficient, 40-year-old program to provide legal aid to middle- and low-income clients in civil …

Social Justice

Tim Scott: Anti-Poverty Legislation and Private Investors

A bipartisan group of congressmen recently introduced a new bill intended to reinvigorate America’s poorest communities. The Investing in Opportunity …

Conservative POV

Where Does 'the First 100 Days' Come From, Anyway?

Americans began assessing their presidents' first 100 days with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and presidents have been trying to live up to it ever since.

French History

Welfare Reform & Wisconsin: Walker Is Leading the Way

Pro-work, anti-poverty reforms are originating in the states instead of Washington.<p>As the dust of the Obama administration continues to settle, a …

Conservative POV

A B.C. poverty-reduction plan is long overdue. | The Province

As the B.C. government prepares to table its budget Feb. 21, and as parties try to convince British Columbians to vote for them in May, they all need …

British Columbia

How Cities Should Take Care of Their Housing Problems

While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America’s inner cities, it’s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing.<p>After all, many big cities face a triple …

Housing