Our Foster Care System Is Fundamentally Broken

Group homes have to go before more youths are harmed.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #foster-care, #poverty

The U.S. Is Winning the War on Poverty

Government programs have steadily reduced the share of people in poverty

#census, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #internal-sub-only, #poverty, #united-states-economy

Poverty in the U.S. Declined Thanks to Government Aid, Census Report Shows

Taking into account government benefits, a smaller share of the population was living in poverty in 2020 even as the pandemic eliminated millions of jobs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Writing for the Poor

A paper’s columnists should be like an orchestra, each playing a different instrument. I decided that I was going to play the banjo.

#content-type-personal-profile, #grambling-state-university, #new-york-times, #poverty, #writing-and-writers

Health Care in Afghanistan Is Crumbling, Aid Groups Warn

After the Taliban’s takeover, international donors withdrew funds that hospitals and clinics depended on. Now a fourth wave of Covid looms.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #taliban, #world-bank, #your-feed-science

Why $46 Billion Couldn’t Prevent an Eviction Crisis

As national eviction protections lapse, much of the rental assistance sits unspent. Aid was slowed by red tape, resistance from landlords and the difficulty of navigating an informal market. Does a lease on a napkin qualify?

#affordable-housing, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #house-financial-services-committee, #landlords, #local-government, #poverty, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #section-8-housing, #sperling-gene, #states-us

Why the Taliban Desperately Need Cash to Run Afghanistan

The group has long tapped underground banks and opium to fund Afghanistan’s insurgency. Fixing the nation’s problems will require a lot more than that.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-insecurity, #foreign-aid, #hawala, #opium, #poverty, #smuggling, #taliban

Why an East Harlem Street Is 31 Degrees Hotter Than Central Park West

If you want to map inequality in New York, you can just count trees.

#air-conditioning, #black-people, #bronx-nyc, #discrimination, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #heat-and-heat-waves, #income-inequality, #minorities, #new-york-city, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #summer-season, #trees-and-shrubs, #weather

Bangladesh Reopens Economy Despite Covid Third Wave

The government is lifting a lockdown despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak could worsen.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #hospitals, #oxygen, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

I.M.F. Presents Plan to Help Poor Countries During Pandemic

A proposal advanced by the International Monetary Fund aims to supply the developing world with extra money to buy vaccines, pay down debt and expand relief programs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #georgieva-kristalina-ivanova, #income-inequality, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #poverty, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-development-program, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-bank

What the Rich Don’t Want to Admit About the Poor

Why do we leave millions of people in poverty? The answer should make us uncomfortable.

#hamilton-darrick, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #shortages, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

New York City Can’t Just Gentrify Its Way Back to Normal

Outdoor cafes and to-go cocktails are scenes from a privileged lockdown. What is the plan for neighborhoods that were struggling before Covid?

#brownsville-brooklyn-ny, #brownsville-community-culinary-center-brooklyn-ny, #elections-mayors, #melting-pot, #new-york-city, #poverty

Stimulus Checks Substantially Reduced Hardship, Study Shows

Researchers found that sharp declines in food shortages, financial instability and anxiety coincided with the two most recent rounds of payments.

#anxiety-and-stress, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #research, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-communications-commission, #fiber-optics, #local-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rural-areas, #rural-utilities-service, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas, #welfare-us

Poor Americans More Likely to Have Respiratory Problems, Study Finds

Despite improvements in air quality and other advances, low-income Americans more often have asthma, lung disease and related illnesses.

#asthma, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease, #income, #income-inequality, #lungs, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #smoking-and-tobacco, #united-states, #your-feed-science

Mark Levitan, Who Measured the True Face of Poverty, Dies at 73

He came up with a more realistic threshold, changing the way New York City determines who is impoverished and persuading the Obama White House to follow suit.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #center-for-economic-opportunity-nyc, #community-service-society-of-new-york, #deaths-obituaries, #levitan-mark, #new-york-city, #poverty

Was Mother Teresa a Cult Leader?

In a new podcast, women who left the Missionaries of Charity speak out.

#christians-and-christianity, #kolkata-india, #missionaries-of-charity-religious-congregation, #nuns, #poverty, #religion-and-belief, #religious-cults, #roman-catholic-church, #teresa-mother

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Was Often Right. Joe Klein on Why It Still Matters.

How a politician who died in 2003 continues to dominate much of today’s political discussion.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #income-inequality, #moynihan-daniel-patrick, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #senate

As India’s Covid Crisis Rages, Nearby Countries Brace for the Worst

Vaccine shortages, porous borders and fleeing migrant workers have nearby countries fearing that they will share India’s fate.

#bangladesh, #bhutan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #nepal, #oli-k-p-sharma, #pakistan, #poverty, #south-asia, #sri-lanka, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Colombia, 19 Are Killed in Pandemic-Related Protests

The demonstrations over a proposed tax overhaul tied to the pandemic have morphed into a national outcry over rising poverty, unemployment and inequality.

#colombia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duque-ivan, #income-inequality, #poverty

In Colombia, 17 Dead in Pandemic-Related Protests

The demonstrations have morphed into a national outcry over rising poverty, unemployment and inequality.

#colombia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duque-ivan, #income-inequality, #poverty

How Social Class Affects Covid-Related Layoffs Worldwide

In the most egalitarian countries, poor and less educated adults were more protected from job losses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #poverty, #unemployment, #united-states

Black Lives Are Shorter in Chicago. My Family’s History Shows Why.

How did a Promised Land to generations of Black families become a community of lost lives?

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #segregation-and-desegregation

A New Benefit Raises an Old Question: Which Mothers Should Work?

A groundbreaking child allowance stirs a debate among Republicans between promoting work and promoting traditional families.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #poverty, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #welfare-us

‘We Were Left With Nothing.’ Argentina’s Misery Deepens in the Pandemic.

The economy contracted by nearly 10 percent last year, and the country faces a reckoning with the I.M.F. over $45 billion in debts.

#argentina, #blackrock-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #georgieva-kristalina-ivanova, #inflation-economics, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macri-mauricio, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #united-states

Covid-19 Pushes India’s Middle Class Toward Poverty

The pandemic sent 32 million people in India from the middle class last year. Now a second wave is threatening the dreams of millions more looking for a better life.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #income-inequality, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries

How New Mexico Became the State With the Highest Rate of Full Vaccinations

New Mexico, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., is a vaccination pacesetter thanks to decisive political decisions, homegrown technology and cooperation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #poverty, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Novel Effort to See How Poverty Affects Young Brains

An emerging branch of neuroscience asks a question long on the minds of researchers. Recent stimulus payments make the study more relevant.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #brain, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #poverty, #research

Biden Plots a Revolution for America’s Children

National pre-K and affordable day care don’t have to be a dream.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #poverty, #united-states-politics-and-government

A New Child Benefit Could Help Poor Women Stay Home. So What?

Even some liberals are wrongly worried about a no-strings child credit in the Biden rescue plan.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #poverty, #romney-mitt, #single-mothers, #wages-and-salaries, #welfare-us, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #work-life-balance

Poverty as a Proxy for Race in Voter Suppression

Because Black people vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, Republicans don’t want as many Black people to vote.

#black-people, #discrimination, #minorities, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

‘Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Living Diaper to Diaper’

Diaper need causes more anxiety than food or housing insecurity for some mothers.

#babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diapers, #food, #parenting, #poverty, #toilet-training

Raise the Federal Minimum Wage or Abolish It?

It has stagnated at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade. Is upping the minimum wage to $15 the best way to fight poverty?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #food-stamps, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #universal-basic-income

Small Piece of the Stimulus Has Ambitious Aim of Saving Mothers’ Lives

The expansion of Medicaid is an effort to address the highest maternal death rate among wealthy nations.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #black-people, #maternal-mortality, #poverty, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #women-and-girls

How Shifting Politics Re-energized the Fight Against Poverty

The pandemic and a set of other economic and social forces changed the calculation for Democrats when it comes to government aid. The question now is how long the moment will last.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brown-sherrod, #clinton-bill, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deese-brian-c-1978, #hewitt-hugh, #poverty, #rouse-cecilia-e, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

Joe Biden Knew He Was Onto Something Long Before We Did

The advent of Covid-19 changed his conception of the presidency for the better.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-depression-1930s, #liberalism-us-politics, #poverty, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden, Champion of Middle Class, Comes to Aid the Poor

President Biden’s new role as a crusader for Americans in poverty is an evolution for a politician who has focused on the working class and his Senate work on the judiciary and foreign relations.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #income-inequality, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Can Biden’s Plan Do for Poverty? Look to Bangladesh.

As that nation turns 50, its surprising success offers lessons about investing in the most marginalized.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #bangladesh, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #united-states, #united-states-economy

In the Stimulus Bill, a Policy Revolution in Aid for Children

The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package moving through Congress advances an idea that Democrats have been nurturing for decades: establishing a guaranteed income for families with children.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #georgia, #house-of-representatives, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #parenting, #poverty, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

Treasury to Invest $9 Billion in Minority Communities

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is making Community Development Financial Institutions central to achieving an inclusive economy.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-reserve-bank-of-new-york, #minorities, #poverty, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

Mexican Women Are Fed Up and López Obrador Doesn’t Get It

Mexico’s president is supporting a candidate accused of rape. Women may need to give up on him.

#lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #morena, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #salgado-macedonio-felix, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

A policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

#income, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #unemployment, #welfare-us

Too Much Choice Is Hurting America

Learning from subprime, health care and electricity.

#conservatism-us-politics, #electric-light-and-power, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #poverty, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #texas

Mitt Romney Has a Plan, and Joe Biden Should Borrow From It

Child poverty requires a permanent fix.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #federal-aid-us, #poverty, #united-states-economy

Where a Vaccination Campaign Faces Skepticism, War and Corruption

A half-million doses arrived this month in Afghanistan, where many insist the virus isn’t real and vaccines aren’t needed. Those who want the vaccine fear that only the well-connected will receive it.

#afghanistan, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #india, #poverty, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taliban, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Biden’s Is Going Big, and Americans Are With Him

The long-awaited blue wave will come from policy that takes care of people.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #covidien-plc, #democratic-party, #poverty, #the-emerging-democratic-majority-book

‘There’s No Natural Dignity in Work’

Punishing mothers for needing help cannot be the answer. A generous child allowance might be.

#child-care, #poverty, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

New Zealand to Roll Out Free Period Products to All Students

The program, designed to reduce “period poverty,” will begin in June.

#ardern-jacinda, #education, #menstruation, #new-zealand, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #women-and-girls

The Plot to Help America’s Children

And what we can learn from right-wing opposition.

#children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #federal-taxes-us, #poverty, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-orleans-la, #poverty, #prisons-and-prisoners, #southern-states-us