poverty

Bernie Sanders Met With Native Americans To Discuss Poverty & Here’s Why This Matters

So, who thinks anyone would know about the many issues faced by Native people without a popular white male politician around to hand them his mic and let them share their stories? More »


Tiny Houses Are For Rich People Only, According To LA Officials

When 38-year-old Elvis Summers befriended a homeless woman in his neighborhood, she made him do more than offer some change and a humanizing smile. It got him truly thinking about how to solve the problem. So without any affiliation to the nonprofit sector or a government agency, Summers simply started a GoFundMe and built as many houses… More »


Tech Bro’s Open Letter Is Everything That’s Wrong With How Homeless People Are Seen

It must be tough being a tech bro. On top of dealing with all the regular bro stereotypes, your constantly evolving industry and the cost of living San Francisco, you’re expected to look at poor people too? This struggle couldn’t be any more real for Justin Keller, the founder of startup Commando.io and now more notably,… More »


Philly “Comedian” Shames Poor People In Viral Facebook Post

LOL POOR PEOPLE. More »


How Much Money Is It Possible To Actually Get From Welfare?

It’s nowhere near as much as you may think. More »


Should People Living In Urban Poverty Have To Forage For Food?

Some foodies think foraging is a viable solution for urban hunger and poverty, this year’s Comic Con was more trans*-inclusive than ever, women’s “health” magazines are terrible for you, and beach etiquette advice from 100 years ago holds up today. More »


The Soapbox: On Pennsatucky & Poor, White, Rural Representation On “Orange Is The New Black”

For every story that “Orange Is The New Black” has inspired in the media, I never thought that I would come across one that uses the show as an example of how white women aren’t taken care of well enough. But of course there is one. More »


Fast Food Workers Turn Down $80K Jobs To Live Off Of Benefits, Say Fox Dude

Oh sure, that probably happens all the time. More »


The Soapbox: We Can’t Address Poverty Until We Listen To People Who Are Living It

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about last Friday’s article on Gwyneth Paltrow and the Food Bank Challenge. From that feedback I’ve learned a lot of useful things, like that the $29-per-week allocation is supposed to be for three people; you aren’t allowed to buy prepared food on SNAP in Illinois, Ohio, and I assume… More »


Hillary Clinton Will Be Officially Announcing Her Campaign This Weekend

We’re shocked, just SHOCKED! More »


Chicago’s First Manslaughter Trial Against A Police Officer In 15 Years Starts Today

The trial of a police officer for manslaughter begins today in Chicago, the first in the last 15 years of the city’s history. Officer Dante Servin shot Rekia Boyd, an unarmed Black woman, with an unregistered semiautomatic handgun while off-duty in March 2012. More »


The Soapbox: My American Dream — A Minimum Wage That Allows Everyone to Prosper

When I think of the American Dream, I don’t just see images of white picket fences and fathers kissing their children before they leave for work.

I see an African-American mother of two dropping her children off at school and driving to her place of employment with the confidence that she’ll have enough… More »


Homeless Mom Shanesha Taylor Charged With Child Abuse After Leaving Two Kids In Car During A Job Interview

Earlier this month, police arrested a mother in Scottsdale, Arizona, for leaving her two young children in the car while she went to a job interview.

On March 20, 35-year-old Shanesha Taylor, who is homeless, parked her car containing her two-year-old and six-month-old sons in the sun while she went to her interview. More »


Republican Senator Rand Paul Wants To Stop Moms On Welfare From Having More Babies

“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount … I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money. But we have to… More »


Homeless Army Veteran Gets A Life-Changing Makeover

Look, this might sound terrible, but I’ve got to say it: this time-lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran’s voluntary aesthetic transformation makes the case for vanity if there ever was one. Jim Wolf has struggled with alcoholism since leaving the service and has found himself, like many others like him, without a home. More »


True Story: I Grew Up A Poor, Black Sex Symbol

I have been a symbol of sex my entire life. As a black woman from a poor, single-parent household, I know the script that is written for me far too well. Black women are always more appealing as strippers or “hoes.” Before I even hit puberty, this script was shoved in my face and I… More »


Kermit Gosnell, Late Term Abortion Provider, Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Murder

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor whose clinic gained attention for his criminal performance of late-term abortions, was found guilty yesterday of three counts of first-degree murder. He had been accused of killing four babies and one woman, but was found guilty of only three of the babies’ deaths.

Gosnell, 72, operated an… More »


No Abortion Access? You’re At Increased Risk For Poverty

Denying women access to abortion services makes women more likely to fall below the poverty line in the subsequent years, according to a study out of the University of San Francisco. Which, if you think about it, makes sense: many women who have abortions are already mothers and choose to terminate a pregnancy rather… More »


Scarlett Johansson Speaks Out on Poverty

“Whether they’re in America or in Africa, people want to work. They want to have purpose. They want to provide for themselves and their families. They don’t want handouts. They don’t want to be completely dependent on their governments — even though there’s usually no opportunity for that anyway. But they want to be self-sufficient… More »


Today’s Lady News: Abortion Rate Up Amongst Poor Women

The abortion rate is down overall, but up amongst poor women, the non-partisan sexual research organization Guttmacher reports. Between 2000 and 2008, abortion rates declined amongst most groups of women, but not women whose family incomes are less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Poor women’s abortion rate increased 18 percent between… More »


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