Tag Archives: Poverty

Colombia’s Prospering Economy Casts A Shadow Over Thousands Of Political Prisoners
Colombia’s Prospering Economy Casts A Shadow Over Thousands Of Political Prisoners By
BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia, once a byword for crime, violence and instability, is opening its doors to foreign investment, tourism and an influx of international attention. Recently re-elected president Juan Manuel Santos’ has...
Billionaires Get More Media Attention Than The Poor
Billionaires Get More Media Attention Than The Poor By
Poverty is an issue that touches many Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between January 2009 and December 2011, 31.6 percent of the national population experienced poverty for at least two months, with 5.4 percent of all Americans not in poverty in 2009 being...
First Step To Ending Homelessness? Provide Homes
First Step To Ending Homelessness? Provide Homes By
When it comes to American politics and public discourse there are few dirtier words than the “s”-word: socialism. In the minds of provincial Americans who have never been outside of America’s borders in the modern era, the word conjures disquieting images of soldiers...
Droves Of American Poor Incarcerated For Not Paying Court Fees
Droves Of American Poor Incarcerated For Not Paying Court Fees By
Stephen Papa of Grand Rapids, Mich., is an Iraq War veteran. While homeless and unable to find a job after being discharged, Papa was charged with destruction of property and resisting arrest. Assessed with $2,600 in court and legal fees, Papa’s presiding judge placed...
Bush, Ryan Focus On Poverty While Courting Wall Street Donors
Bush, Ryan Focus On Poverty While Courting Wall Street Donors By
NEW YORK — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan courted some of Wall Street’s most powerful political benefactors on Monday, insisting that love, friendship and “traditional marriage” can combat poverty better than government programs. The...
Pope Francis Calls For ‘Legitimate Redistribution’ Of Wealth
Pope Francis Calls For ‘Legitimate Redistribution’ Of Wealth By
Pope Francis on Friday issued another indictment of inequality, saying that “equitable economic and social progress” are only possible through solidarity and generosity, and require the “legitimate redistribution” of wealth. The Pontiff delivered...
The Poor White Man’s Burden
The Poor White Man’s Burden By
The Onion recently posted a biting piece titled “White Male Privilege Squandered on Job at Best Buy” that neatly struck at two of the most divisive and paradoxical aspects of American politics today — race and class. We all may laugh, but the issues it raises...
IMF Policies Pushing Poor Countries To The Brink
IMF Policies Pushing Poor Countries To The Brink By
Harsh austerity measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund have risen sharply over the last few years, causing mass struggle for poor countries, a report published Wednesday shows. According to the report published by the European Network on Debt and Development...
Walmart Admits: ‘Our Profits’ Depend On ‘Their Poverty’
Walmart Admits: ‘Our Profits’ Depend On ‘Their Poverty’ By
Although a notorious recipient of “corporate welfare,” Walmart has now admitted that their massive profits also depend on the funding of food stamps and other public assistance programs. In their annual report, filed with the Security and Exchange Commission...
The Search For A Home: A 21-year-old’s Journey To Escape Homelessness
The Search For A Home: A 21-year-old’s Journey To Escape Homelessness By
  NEW YORK — 2013 was a dark time for 21-year-old Troy Johnson. After being kicked out of both of his parents’ homes, Johnson spent a year living on the streets of New Jersey. In February, however, everything changed. “I actually thought I was going to be...