UN Goal For Poverty 2030

The Geography of Poverty

Voices of Poverty

Talk Poverty

Correlation Between Poverty and Religiousity


Campaign for Community Change

SPLC: Southern Poverty Law Center

Who's Afraid of Francis Fox Piven : Francis Fox Piven

Poverty Rises As Wall Street Billionaires Whine (9/17/2010)

Poverty Rises in the World's Biggest Economy (9/17/2010)


Collapse of the Middle Class with Elizabeth Warren

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” - FDR
"Finland’s child poverty rate at less than 5 percent, the lowest of all rich countries. By contrast the child poverty rate in the United States comes close to a shocking 25 percent ... nearly a quarter of the entire population of children. Out of all the countries that UNICEF surveyed, the United States was actually next to last. Only Romania fared worse." the Nordic Theory of Everything, In Search of a Better Life: Anu Partanen
"Government assistance is said to undermine the American dream ... Wait. Undermine whose American dream?” Nancy Isenberg
The organized right justifies its draconian policies toward the poor with moral arguments. Right-wing think tanks and blogs, for instance, ponder the damaging effect on disabled poor children of becoming “dependent” on government assistance, or they scrutinize government nutritional assistance for poor pregnant women and children in an effort to explain away positive outcomes for infants. Francis Fox Piven
"The consequences of high neighborhood joblessness are more devastating than those of high neighborhood poverty. A neighborhood in which people are poor but employed is different from a neighborhood in which many people are poor and jobless. Many of today's problems in the inner city ghetto neighborhoods - crime, family dissolution, welfare, low levels of social organization, and so on - are fundamentally a consequence of the disappearance of work" William Julius Wilson: When Work Disappears.

Trump Attacks the Poor (3/31/2017)

Republican Plan: Help the Poor Get Poorer (3/17/2017)

When Poverty and Homelessness Are Criminalized (6/13/2016)

Republicans In Congress Want To Cut Free Lunches For Poor Kids; Don’t Let Them (5/5/2016)

Death Rates Rising For Middle Age White Americans (11/2015)

A Call To End Child Poverty (report from Children's Defense)

The Neighborhood Effect (11/14/2014)

Bernie Sanders: People Can't Survive on $7.25 an Hour (1/1/2014)

America Hates Its Poor (12/1/2013)

Poverty in America is Mainstream (11/2/2013)

‘Let ‘Em Starve!’ Mother Of Four Sees SNAP Benefit Cut From $500 To $16! (11/2/2013)

Republican War On The Poor (10/31/2013)

Undercounting the Poor (6/11/2013)

The Final Countdown: Prospects for Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 (4/24/2013)

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th) (4/15/2013)

Poverty in the USA: Nearly 50 Million People On Food Stamps (3/29/2013)

The Children Going Hungry in America (3/6/2013)

Revealing the Real TANF (2/8/2013)

Contrary to Paul Ryan's Assertion, Most Americans Support The Social Safety Net (10/3/2012)

This Week in Poverty

A Twenty-First Century American Sacrifice Zone (8/21/2012)

How America Became A country that Lets Little Kids go Homeless (7/16/2012)

Rediscovering Poverty (3/15/2012)

How Our War On the Poor Landed One Homeless Mother in Jail (3/8/2012)

The GOP War On The Poor Could Backfire (8/25/2011)

GOP Opens New Front in Their War On The Poor (8/24/2011)

Nearly Half of Americans Are Struggling To Stay Afloat (11/23/2011)

The Poor, The Near Poor, and You (11/23/2011)

The War Against The Poor

Is Poverty A Death Sentence ? Senator Bernie Sanders (9/14/2011)

Conservatives Don’t Care About the Deficit, They Care About Screwing the Poor (7/15/2010)

Here is a map, by county, of poverty in the U.S. See if you can guess which States are Republican.
Click here to see the map.

Just as money confers freedom of various kinds, poverty constrains.

Poverty is a method of social control. Typically, it is racist, it leaves people unhealthy, uneducated, and dependent on the more wealthy.  It is rose in Republican States associated with the Confederacy and with the inner cities.

It is a consequence of income inequality.

Recently the poor have been confined in rotting inner cities, kept in place by militarized police, and well out of reach (by public transit) of suburbia. They tend to be people of color and they are arrested and sent to prison more frequently.

Privatized prisons prosper from their mass incarceration. After prison, they lose the right to vote.

Repression of labor unions and declining wages  tend to keep them in poverty permanently. Since jobs are scarce in the cities, some are, for all practical purposes, permanently unemployed.

Lax gun laws and the 'war on drugs' play a role in making poor communities more violent.

As Hannah Arendt pointed out, people without opportunity, isolation, and lack of social relationship, are most vulnerable to demagogic mass movements, such as Nazism, Fascism, Stalinism, or even McCarthyism.

Republicans, continuing their wilding of America, favor cutting all social programs whether Food Stamps, Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, or any assistance for the poor. No religion should be ok with that.


White Trash, The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America: Nancy Isenberg

Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, Tommie Shelby

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, Elizabeth Hinton

Under the Affluence: Tim Wise

The Two Income Trap: Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi

Our Kids, the American Dream in Crisis: Robert D. Putnam

Broke, USA, From Pawnshops to Poverty. Inc - How the Working Poor Became Big Business: Gary Rivlin

The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, Sasha Abramsky (review in the NY Times.)

The Missing Class, Portraits of the Near Poor in America: Katherine Newman, Victor Tan Chen

The New American Poverty, Michael Harrington

The Overspent American: Juliet Schor

An Empire of Poverty: Race, Punishment, and Social Control: Andrew Gavin Marshall

The Bottom Billion: Paul Collier

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt

The Tyranny of Experts: William Easterly

Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc - How the Working Poor Became Big Business: Gary Rivlin

Nickel and Dimed: Surviving in Low-Wage America, Barbara Ehrenreich Throughout her three decades of journalism and activism, Ehrenreich has been one of the most consistent chroniclers of class in America. Listen/Watch/Read

The New American Poverty: Michael Harrington

The End of Poverty: Jeffrey Sachs

The Other America: Michael Harrington

The Idealist: Nina Munk

Regulating the Poor: Piven and Cloward

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