Prosperity and Poverty During the Holidays

Written by Caitlin Endyke Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity […]

A Guaranteed Income for Everyone?

Written by Caitlin Endyke At Building Movement, we’ve been writing a lot recently about poverty in America and the importance of a strong social safety net. During the recent government shutdown, we turned our focus to those who would be affected most – folks who rely on government services for essentials like food and baby formula – and made […]

The Most Unequal Place in America

Written by Caitlin Endyke In 1994, Time Magazine set out to identify the poorest place in America.  They settled on Lake Providence Parish, a small community in rural Louisiana where they note that, “the median annual household income in Block Numbering Area 9903, which covers the southern two-thirds of Lake Providence and three-quarters of its population, […]

In Shutdown, Need to Remember Who Is Affected Most

Written by Caitlin Endyke As we enter the second week of the government shutdown, we’ve heard stories of its effect across the country – from the shuttering of national parks; to NASA’s website going dark; to certain congress people explaining why they still need to receive a regular paycheck, even when thousands of government employees remain furloughed.  Yet […]

Shutdown Ends, but Suffering Designed to Continue

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld The 16-day government shutdown came to an end early this morning. Apparently the warnings that the U.S. would run out of the money needed to pay its debts, causing a widespread bank collapse, were enough to get the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to break their rule against moving bipartisan bills without […]

Happy Poverty Day!

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld You didn’t know Poverty Day was a thing? I kid, it’s not really something worth celebrating, but this is the one time a year when we can count on the media to focus on the economy as it is experienced by the millions who are struggling to make ends meet. Most […]

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