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New data paint an unpleasant picture of poverty in the US

By Steven Pressman ~ The Conversation ~ On Sept. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released national poverty data for 2017. The headline was that 39.7 million people were poor in 2017. This works out to 12.3 percent of the population or one in eight Americans. The good news is that the U.S. poverty rate has fallen since 2010, when it hit 15.1 percent, and is now where it was before…

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Poor nations at bottom of environment ladder

By By Peter Makwanya ~ NewsDay ~ THE poor, normally referred to, as the “common people” seem to be cursed or ostracised, as a result of not having recognition, no rights, and little freedom, in the societies they live in. Due to their placement in society, the poor normally derive their survival from the environment, in particular, the forest resources near them. When they cut down trees for building houses,…

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Forward Together With the Poor People’s Campaign

By Elizabeth Warren ~ Common Dreams People living in poverty across the United States?—?from California to Kentucky to Michigan to West Virginia?—?told us their stories On June 12th, 2018, Reverend William J. Barber II hosted a discussion on poverty for members of Congress. People living in poverty across the United States?—?from California to Kentucky to Michigan to West Virginia?—?told us their stories. We heard from a victim of a predatory…

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How a Career in Technology Empowered This South African Woman

By Daniele Selby ~ Global Citizen Soso Luningo grew up in a house without electricity; today she’s the head of an IT department. Soso Luningo grew up in extreme poverty in a village near Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Her home was essentially a small shed with a leaky, corrugated metal roof, no electricity, and just one bed. Most of her family slept on the dirt floor. But…

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Why the War on Poverty in the US Isn’t Over, in 4 Charts

By Robert L. Fischer ~ The Conversation On July 12, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers concluded that America’s long-running war on poverty “is largely over and a success.” I am a researcher who has studied poverty for nearly 20 years in Cleveland, a city with one of the country’s highest rates of poverty. While the council’s conclusion makes for a dramatic headline, it simply does not align with the…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Hungry: An Economic Injustice Leaving the World with Empty Stomachs

Hungry: An Economic Injustice Leaving the World with Empty Stomachs

One in eight people in the world go hungry every day.  That is 868 million people, more than the population of the United States, Canada and Europe combined. It’s not just poor families in Africa who starve, it’s citizens of the United States, France, China, the hunger is everywhere. We try to combat it and do our best to deliver canned foods to homeless organizations and volunteer at soup kitchens,…

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