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Racial Segregation Continues, Even Intensifies
RICHARD ROTHSTEIN
In a study released this week, two Manhattan Institute researchers heralded the “end of the segrega...
A Social Justice Quiz
BILL QUIGLEY and SAM SCHMITT
Question One.  The combined pay of the 299 highest paid CEOs in the US is enough to support how many median salary jobs? 45,000?  83,000?  102,325? Two.  The median net worth of black households in the US is $2,200.  What is the median net worth of whit...
Poverty as Photo-Op
FARZANA VERSEY
Oprah Winfrey walking the seedy bylanes of Mumbai on a work assignment in India, Jeremy Clarkson dropping his pants for a reality show, and tourists paying to watch naked Jarawa tribals dance are part of the same deal: Branding Blahdcasting Corporation. Should outs...
Working and Poor in the USA
BILL QUIGLEY
“Our nation, so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population, should be able to devise ways and means of insuring to all our able-bodied men and women, a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” — Frank...
Labor and Poverty
JOSEPH GROSSO
What is it about the even barely noticed presence of poverty that sends so much of American politics and culture into attack mode? Harsh treatment of the poor of course has a long history in the work houses, debtors’ prisons, and chimney-sweepers, as any reader of Blake...
Looting Durban
PATRICK BOND
his is the South African city of Durban’s first week since 2002 without City Manager Michael Sutcliffe. He became well known across the world as a target of community and environmental activism, for catalyzing a $400 million stadium for the soccer World Cup in 2010, and...
Complicating “White Privilege”
PAUL C. GORSKI
In my favorite photograph of my Grandma Wilma, taken during her early teens, she stands outside her Kitzmiller, Maryland, house. The house’s exterior, cracking and worn, hints at the working poor life she and her family are living in Appalachia. Evidence, too, is her at...
Dream Big
MISSY BEATTIE
I resolve to run.  I will not be forming an exploratory committee, because when I say, “run,” I mean speeding along, catch me if you can, as I leap a crack that might break my mother’s back, in my New Balancers that skim pavement and dirt. My son suggested w...
Half of America in Poverty?
PAUL BUCHHEIT
Recent reports suggest that almost 50% of Americans are in poverty or at a “low income” level. The claim is based on a new supplemental measure by the Census Bureau that includes health care, transportation, and other essential living expenses in the poverty c...
The Real Christmas Story
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
This Christmas, times continue to be hard for many. And that — amid all the presents, parties and holiday gaiety — is the real story of this mass we celebrate on the birth of Christ. As I’ve reminded throughout the years, the real story isn’t about a holida...
The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads
DAVID CORREIA
Albuquerque. On November 13 of this year the Albuquerque police oversight commission cleared one of its own for the fatal shooting in September of 2010 of 19-year old Chandler Barr. The officer, a bicycle cop on her first day on the job, shot the mentally ...
A Lesson for Labor From Occupy Wall Street
STEVE EARLY
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has given our timorous, unimaginative, and  politically ambivalent unions a much-needed ideological dope slap. Some might describe this, more diplomatically, as a second injection of “outside-the-box” thinking and new organizational blood....
Tragedy in Vermont
RON JACOBS
In an incident that can only be described as tragic, a man took his life inside a tent at the Burlington, VT Occupy camp the afternoon of November 10, 2011.  Like every Occupy camp, the one in Burlington, VT. has a fair share of men and women without homes living there....
Street Messiahs
FARZANA VERSEY
“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing…I can’t stand my own mind.” – Allen Ginsberg Space is being occupied. What does that space stand for? What does its occupation convey? There are q...
Oh, USA
MISSY BEATTIE
Beat-up little seagull On a marble stair Tryin’ to find the ocean Lookin’ everywhere Hard times in the city In a hard town by the sea Ain’t nowhere to run to There ain’t nothin’ here for ...
Resurrection Cities
LINH DINH
The 99% will convene a National Convention in Philadelphia, so that’s the good news. Where America was born, they will try to bring her back to life, save her from this deepening degradation. Their list of demands, to be released in October of 2012, will most likely be ...
Live from Obamaville
VIJAY PRASHAD
I. Hooverville. Poor Herbert Hoover. A multimillionaire by thirty from the vast profits of gold mining, Hoover went into public service as retirement. His early administrative work was in agriculture, but he spent the longest time of his career in the Depa...
Winning the Class War
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Occupy Wall Street protests have now spread to some 800 cities.  It’s spreading like a fire on a strong wind over a dry field.  The heat is likely to keep on building. Conservatives have fallen over themselves rushing to side with the top 1% against the rest....
Where’s the Money?
BILL QUIGLEY
Port-au-Prince. Broken and collapsed buildings remain in every neighborhood.  Men pull oxcarts by hand through the street. Women carry 5 gallon plastic jugs of water on their heads, dipped from manhole covers in the street.  Hundreds of thousands remain ...
Migration of the Destitute
P. SAINATH
Mumbai The re-classification of India’s villages and towns, and the changes this brings to the nation’s rural-urban profile, happens every decade. Yet only Census 2011 shows us a huge turnaround, with urban India adding more people (91 million) tha...
Poverty Swallows America
ANDY KROLL
Food pantries picked over. Incomes drying up. Shelters burst...
Marx in London
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
London. The many criticisms of capitalism leveled over a century ago by Karl Marx, the co-author of the Communist Manifesto, may prove to be more right than wrong. Evidence both anecdotal and empirical of many of Marx’s observations abounds across...
American Reality Gaps
SAUL LANDAU
Now that the 9/11 celebrations of memories, oaths of determination, endless renditions of God Bless America and Nowhere else, and flying of flags have become old news, my wife and I take an overnight vacation. Driving north on scenic Highway 29 in Napa County, admiring th...
Indians’ Flight From Agriculture
P. SAINATH
Mumbai Is distress migration on a massive scale responsible for one of the most striking findings of Census 2011: that for the first time since 1921, urban India added more numbers to its population in a decade than rural India did? At 833.1 million...
How the Cricket Caucus Made a Killing
P. SAINATH
Mumbai Air India might not be doing as well we’d like it to. But the braveheart who flew it fearlessly into dense clouds of debt is doing okay. Praful Patel (who no longer holds the aviation portfolio) added, on average, over half a million rupees (j...
The Problem Isn’t Poverty, It’s Politics
MIKE WHITNEY
Americans are getting poorer and the middle class is getting wiped out. That’s all you need to know about the latest Census Report which was released on Tuesday. The data merely confirm what everyone already knows, that the system only serves the interests of the ri...
London Calling
JACK RANDOM
London calling to the faraway towns Now that war is declared-and battle come down London calling to the underworld Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls The Clash To all those British intelligenc...
The Politics of Poverty
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Believe it or not, just two generations ago, many families in Morgan County, West Virginia were self sufficient. Hunting, fishing, growing vegetables, canning for winter. Subsistence farmers they called them. Some families spent only $100 cash a year....
Welfare Reform Turns Fifteen
STEPHEN PIMPARE
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) — the controversial welfare reform law of 1996 — turned fifteen years old this month. If someone suggests to you that it has been a success, don’t believe them. But you also need to...
From Brixton to Tottenham
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Following the recent disturbances in England in inner city areas of high unemployment and poverty it is expected that the final count of those arrested for riot and looting could reach as high as 4000. Reasons suggested by the press for the scale of the unrest include rec...
Roots of the Riots
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Brixton and Peckham, two of the communities in London rocked by the recent riots, are not mere dots on a map to Paul Bower. He’s lived in both communities, including living through a riot in Brixton thirty years ago. Bower says people need to carefully distin...
Life in an Age of Looting
PHIL ROCKSTROH
As the poor of Britain rise in a fury of inchoate rage and stock exchanges worldwide experience manic upswings and panicked swoons, the financial elite (and their political operatives) are arrayed in a defensive posture, even as they continue their global-wide, full-spect...
London’s Burning
HAL AUSTIN
London. It is too early to give a definitive assessment of the London Uprisings over the weekend, but there are nevertheless two key lessons that have emerged. T...
Let Me Be Clear: We Should Not Eat the Poor!
JOHN ESKOW
first black humorist in the English language, and partly because, in a way, he’s family: my full name is John Temple Eskow, and a direct ancestor of mine, Sir William Temple, was Swift’s literary secretary. So maybe I can be forgiven my ever-growing hunch that...
A Judas Kiss to the Poor
RAY McGOVERN
The unconscionable result of the manufactured crisis over the debt ceiling shows that the political Right knows how to play hardball, and that President Obama and his hapless party know how to get rolled. There are other options; and we, the people, need to press them hom...
Access to Economic Justice
RALPH NADER
Dear President Obama: Underneath many of our country?s economic problems is the thirty-year collapse of consumer protection?both of the regulatory kind and of the self-help kind known as proper access to justice. Last month major consumer groups sent you a l...