Tag: poverty

NAACP president weighs in on the shutdown’s consequences

NAACP president weighs in on the shutdown’s consequences

| October 15, 2013

By Benjamin Todd Jealous The federal government shutdown is approaching three weeks. At the time of this writing, the shutdown has already furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal workers, frozen social programs for low and moderate-income communities, and significantly slowed down economic growth. The great irony of this temper tantrum over federal health care reform is that it has […]

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Economic stagnation for many, while African billionaires thrive

Economic stagnation for many, while African billionaires thrive

| October 15, 2013

(GIN)—Africa has 55 billionaires at a time when the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has risen over the past three decades, according to the World Bank, from 205 million to 414 million. Three of the billionaires are women—the mother of Kenya’s president, a daughter of Angola’s president and a Nigerian oil tycoon and […]

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The high cost of being poor

The high cost of being poor

| October 10, 2013

More than 75 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, Sophie Tucker is quoted as saying, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor; believe me, rich is better.” While that line might have humorous then, the truth today is not funny; we can’t afford to be poor.

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College must be open to poorest students

| September 19, 2013

LET’S DO BETTER by Brenda Robinson College football season has opened and football fans are geeked. Excitement is in the air. There is something magical about Saturday afternoon football. Whether the crowd’s loudest roar comes from the precision stepping of a Big Ten Marching Band or the acrobatic, soulful, stepping of a drum major from […]

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Changing neighborhoods can change your life

| April 19, 2013

By Krissy Clark | Across the country, cities have launched radical housing experiments that move people from poor to middle-class neighborhoods. But do they work?

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