End of Poverty
We've got the money, do we have the will?
The gap between the wealthy and the poor widens daily in America. And the prevailing story says poverty is inevitable—a natural part of the human condition. In this issue we show how the richest country in history chose policies that create an impoverished underclass—and how different choices will end poverty.
How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
by Laura Flandersposted Aug 14, 2014
- Cooperative Home Care Associates' 2,300 workers enjoy good wages, regular hours, and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group's success.
The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour
by Betty Udesenposted Aug 28, 2014
- For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to college, pay the rent, and visit the dentist.
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie Schloredtposted Sep 03, 2014
- Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015
by Yessenia Funesposted Sep 03, 2014
- A new bill provides two years of tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate—and other states are already following suit.
The Key to a Sustainable Future Is Resisting Violence Every Day
by Yessenia Funesposted Sep 17, 2014
- The Nonviolence Handbook teaches that when we exhibit patience and refrain from criticizing others harshly, we're building nonviolent potential.
If Unions Are Breaking Automakers, Why Are BMW and Mercedes So Rich?
by Thom Hartmannposted Aug 28, 2014
- In Germany, auto workers get paid well and their companies still profit. Author Thom Hartmann on why living wages and corporate success don't have to be mutually exclusive.
Americans Spend $1.8 Billion on Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)
by Dana Drugmand, Yessenia Funesposted Aug 18, 2014
- Meanwhile, more Americans got insured, the oceans continued to become more acidic, and the world’s largest collection of rubber ducks grew at a rapid pace.
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
by Nick Hanauerposted Sep 09, 2014
- Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
by Lisa Gale Garriguesposted Sep 10, 2014
- Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
by Joshua Kahn Russellposted Sep 17, 2014
- The work of activism is full of messy contradictions. In “Towards Collective Liberation,” Chris Crass breaks down the influence of racism and patriarchy, including helpful how-tos—like “Twenty Careful Steps Toward Anti-sexist Action.”
Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around
by Dean Patonposted Aug 21, 2014
- Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choice. We have the money to solve this. But do we have the will?
America Keeps People Poor On Purpose: A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
posted Aug 21, 2014
- How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?
by Dean Patonposted Aug 28, 2014
- 47 million Americans live beneath the official poverty line, under a daily judgment of failure. The question today is: Whose failure?
How Seattle Led the Country’s Wage Revolution
by David "Goldy" Goldsteinposted Aug 28, 2014
- Seattle's path to a $15 minimum wage is a winding tale of effective organizing, smart messaging, and blind dumb luck. It is also a roadmap for bypassing partisan gridlock—one city at a time.
Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen
by Dana Drugmandposted Sep 18, 2014
- The movement to persuade schools to divest from fossil fuels has taken off around the country. Meet a few people who helped get Stanford’s money out of coal.