Topic: Poverty

  • Victimizing food stamp recipients

    Politicians are dedicating a lot of rhetoric to the idea that everyone who is receiving food stamps is lazy.

  • La política del hambre

    Republicanos y demócratas podrán diferir en cuánto, pero concuerdan en qué cortar --el programa de cupones de alimento, por ejemplo.

  • Poverty kills in Texas

    A Laredo mother shot her children and herself in the Health and Human Services offices after struggling for months to get food stamps.

  • A world of extremes at Pine Ridge

    The Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the poorest areas of the U.S., are going to suffer no matter what politicians in Washington decide to cut.

  • Scavenging the city

    With 43.6 million Americans living in poverty, many New Yorkers are turning to the informal economy to scrape by.

  • Welcome to the new normal

    My mom has found herself among the long-term unemployed who are struggling in the suburbs where the American Dream is supposed to thrive.

  • Homeless and hungry at college

    A little-known but growing phenomenon is spreading across the U.S.: College students who are going hungry and homeless.

  • Marching to fulfill the dream

    April 4 marked the start of a march from New Orleans to Detroit to revive Martin Luther King's dream of ending poverty in the U.S.

  • Why the right wanted to destroy ACORN

    The community organization ACORN helped thousands of people keep their homes and escape poverty, so the right wing took a hit out on it.

  • Deadly cost of heating cutoffs

    Three lives lost over a $181 utility bill--that's the ugly truth in Detroit, where a house fire killed three people on January 5.

  • Hungry in the world's richest country

    The number of Americans vulnerable to hunger grew sharply to 49 million in 2008--or about one in every six men, women and children living in the U.S.

  • An enduring image of despair

    The story of hard times for millions is closely interwoven with those of desperate individuals lashing out in acts of violence.

  • Guilty of being poor

    The barbaric practice of imprisoning people for no other crime than falling into debt is making a comeback in 21st century America.

  • America's hidden hungry

    Government statistics show a spike in the number of people going hungry in the U.S., but experts say that far worse is still to come.

  • Desperate and nowhere to turn

    The 36 children surrendered under Nebraska's "safe haven" law should be a warning about what's missing from the U.S. social welfare system.

  • Out of college and into debt

    The average undergraduate today will finish school with more than twice as as much debt as their counterpart a decade ago.

  • Two worlds in one city

    Joe Biden's visit to Holyoke, Mass., for a $2,300-per-plate fundraiser served to highlight the social crisis in one of the state's poorest cities.

  • A tragedy that shouldn't have happened

    A three-year-old boy was killed in the Cabrini Green housing complex in Chicago when a 7-foot steel gate with rusted-through hinges fell on him.

  • Damage control for the system's victims

    My job at a New York HIV clinic isn't psychotherapy so much as shoring up the ruins of what was once a semi-functional system.

  • Caught in the debt trap

    The one and only objective any business or employer seems to have is to cut away at the paycheck.

  • A tax that punishes the poor

    It's not fair to make smokers pay for handouts to insurance companies, nor is it fair to penalize people suffering from an addiction.

  • Who is preying on Generation Debt?

    Military recruiters not only visit campuses and hover around malls; they also descend on the prison population, which is disproportionately poor.

  • One story from “Generation Debt”

    I've worked hard, been creative, gotten an education and even tried to start a business, but at every turn, I have found nothing but hassle and hardship.

  • Desperate in Milwaukee

    As many as 3,000 people lined up outside a welfare office on the false rumor that emergency food vouchers would be distributed to those in need.

  • Generation Debt

    By virtually every measure--wages, conditions, debt, unemployment and more--young working people are less well off today than preceding generations.