Poverty

Extreme Wealth Does Not Cause Extreme Poverty

In preparation for the annual gathering of the rich and powerful in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam has issued a new report on world wealth inequality. In this report, Oxfam, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty, claims that the eight richest people in the world have wealth equal to the poorest …

Wealth

No, Food Stamp Users Aren’t Buying ‘Lots’ Of Soda

Contrary to a recent New York Times story, there isn't any evidence that SNAP users buy more soft drinks anyone else.<p>You may have learned over the weekend, via a front-page story in The New York Times, that Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food …

University of Minnesota

Rep. Keith Ellison: Republican Policies Are Keeping Women in Poverty

Many Americans hoped 2016 was going to be the year we elected the first woman to the White House. Instead, the first female nominee of any major party lost to the most brazenly misogynistic candidate in modern history—Donald Trump. He won with the support of over 50 percent of white women who …

Keith Ellison

Inequality Doesn't Create Poverty

TagsAAGlobal EconomyWorld HistoryHome | Feed | Blog.rssInequality Doesn't Create PovertyPolitical Theory<br>• 0 Views 3 hours agoOxfam, the leftwing NGO …

Justice

Advocates for homeless people say media coverage 'fuelling fear' in Melbourne

Herald Sun newspaper showed pictures of a homeless camp at Flinders Street station under the headline ‘Grand slum’<p>The heads of 36 organisations representing homeless people in Victoria have signed an open letter criticising media coverage of homelessness in Melbourne, saying it “fuels public fear …

Homelessness

The Detroit Start-Up Helping Women Craft a Path Out of Homelessness

How a nonprofit and a small jewelry company team up to help homeless women get back on their feet.<p>Three years ago, Patricia Caldwell was laid off from her job on the production floor of a carseat factory in Highland Park, Michigan, and decamped to her mother’s house in Detroit, teenage kids in tow. …

Homelessness

Bloomberg's proposed soda ban bubbles up

An Obama administration study of what groceries are being purchased by households receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) and those that are not got …

Oregonians on the financial edge struggle during storms

Snow and ice that closed Portland-area schools for days and kept workers home created an inconvenience for some but pushed others closer to the brink …

Miami

City wants in on basic income

When it comes to the basic income pilot project, Pembroke wants in.<p>On Tuesday, Mayor Michael LeMay approached council members, seeking their blessing …

Guaranteed Minimum Income

Amazon is now accepting food stamps

Amazon is to begin accepting food stamps as payment for its online grocery products.<p>The online retail giant is one of seven companies taking part in …

Amazon

The GOP plan to fund Medicaid through block grants will probably weaken it

Republicans in the 115th Congress are wasting no time trying to remake the social policy landscape. Barely a week after the new Congress was sworn in, GOP members took an initial step toward repealing aspects of the Affordable Care Act, the major domestic piece of President Obama’s …

Health Care

More than 7,000 families will be made homeless in London in the next six months

New research from Shelter, based on government housing statistics, has revealed the number of families facing homelessness in London. According to …

London

Encounters with poor people reduce support for taxes on the rich

Visual reminders of poverty do not make make people more sympathetic to the poor.<p>Wealth inequality has increased over the last several decades, as …

Life Sciences

Some good news in Colorado’s falling poverty rate

Thinkstock by Getty ImagesColorado’s poverty rate fell by 5.7 percent between 2010 and 2015, and childhood poverty decreased here at twice the …

Justice

Thousands Of Children Will Sink Deeper Into Poverty As Cost Of Living Outstrips Benefits, Report Finds

Families could lose £2800 a year by 2020.<p>Thousands of children will sink further into poverty by the end of the decade, a new report has warned.<p>Parents on benefits could be as much as £2,800 worse off a year by 2020 than they were in 2010, according to findings from the End Child Poverty coalition, …

Budgeting

Unpaid internship trend may penalise poorer job seekers, study finds

Researchers fear a trend towards unpaid internships is disadvantaging people who cannot afford to work for free, as well as those in rural areas.

Australian News

7 Steps Trump Can Take To Cut Hunger In Half

Donald J. Trump has made bold promises to help "the forgotten man and the forgotten woman," and he recognizes the link between global security and world hunger. Based on progress over recent decades, it is possible to cut hunger in half within eight years if our incoming president decides to make …

Food Security

Young, Homeless, and at Risk in BC’s Interior

In Kamloops, a window on ‘hidden’ struggles of youths who have no place to call home. Part of a reader-funded series.

Homelessness

Councils get £48m to expand homelessness provision

LGA says costs associated with new legislation on issue are hard to predict and calls for review in two years’ time<p>Councils will share £48m in extra funding to help them expand homelessness provision for single men and women, but local government leaders have said the money may not be enough.<p>The …

Homelessness

Bank Funding Helps Emergency Programs on the Ground in Yemen

Yemen is facing an unprecedented political, humanitarian, and development crisis. Long the poorest country in the Arab region, over half its …

Yemen

Arkansas lawmakers advance junk food ban for food stamps

<b>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —</b><p>Arkansas would ban food stamps from being used to buy soda or junk food under a plan that's heading to the state House for a …

Junk Food

A ‘Whole of Government’ Approach to Social Problems

Homelessness among military veterans has long been an endemic problem at the intersection of multiple public-health disciplines. Issues from …

Homelessness

Report: 30% of Israeli children living in poverty; Arabs, Haredim worst affected

The number of children living below the poverty line in Israel has quadrupled over the past three decades, according to a report...<p>Want to enjoy …

Israel

How that front-page NYT article on food stamps and soda got the data wrong—and demonized poor people

In a front-page piece for <i>The New York Times</i> last Friday, Anahad O’Connor reported on new USDA data comparing the types of purchases made by SNAP …

Eating

MPs call for a ban on unpaid internships as they discriminate against the poor

A parliamentary group on social mobility says that unpaid internships longer than one month should be outlawed.<p>A cross-party group of MPs has called …

Critics question mayor's plan to add child-care subsidies

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s plan to add 300 child care subsidies by cutting a grant that helps lower costs for parents who use daycares in schools is …

Child Care

Japan's rising child poverty exposes truth behind two decades of economic decline

Soup kitchens have sprung up to provide meals for some of the estimated 3.5 million children going hungry in one of the world’s richest countries<p>The smell of beef stew wafts from a kitchen as a brigade of volunteers put their cooking skills to use on a recent Saturday evening in Tokyo’s commuter …

Japan

Who's Lifting Chinese People Out Of Poverty?

In an article last month on state goals for 2017, China's Xinhua news agency reported, "China has lifted 700 million people out of poverty through more than 30 years of reform and opening-up," while aiming to "lift" 10 million more in the coming year.<p>For some, the verb choice conjures an image of …

China

Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life

In 1940, a white developer wanted to build a neighborhood in Detroit.<p>So he asked the US Federal Housing Administration to back a loan. The FHA, which …

Black Culture

The Poor People's Campaign: the little-known protest MLK was planning when he died

Ask any American over the age of seven what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, and chances are you’ll hear something about how the color of your skin shouldn’t determine the way you’re treated.<p>That’s a fair answer, and it does represent one element of the iconic civil rights leader’s …

Civil Rights