As if the world needed any more discouraging news, Brazilians have elected a pro-military fascist, Jair Bolsonaro, as their next president.
A signature Republican proposal is the idea of adding work requirements to social programs like SNAP (food stamps) and even, some propose, to Medicaid. What would this actually mean?
Continuing its efforts to target some of society’s most vulnerable people, the Trump administration announced Saturday it will seek to deny green cards to immigrants who are likely to use public assistance, including housing vouchers and food subsidies.
A new study by the Urban Institute published Tuesday found that 40 percent of Americans can’t meet at least one basic need—food, healthcare, housing, or utilities—even as the economy approaches nearly full employment with only a 4.4 percent unemployment rate. Remember this as the president boasts about the stock market
The Big Easy can be hard. New Orleans has more than 1,300 homeless residents. They can tell you how it is.
Documents obtained by Foreign Policy and the nonprofit crisis journalism website Coda Story show that the Trump administration knowingly lied about poverty statistics in their rebuttal to a UN Human Rights Council report on poverty in America earlier this year.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Boy, I’d love to have a kid and fulfill my sole biological purpose on this planet, I just don’t have literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend raising and caring for a child?” You’re far from alone! The New York Times’ Upshot on Thursday released the results of a poll,…
The ACLU of North Carolina, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice have slapped the state of North Carolina with a federal lawsuit over the state’s practice of suspending drivers’ licenses over unpaid tickets.
For many Americans, the rent is already too damn high, and skyrocketing housing costs are all the more devastating for low-income families. A 2016 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that a person working full-time and earning the minimum wage cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment in any state,…
Finland, a civilized nation near the top of the world, has decided to end its experiment providing a basic income to citizens. This will prompt predictable reactions from predictable factions. But maybe we should spend more time looking backwards, rather than forwards?
Did you know that poor people who receive healthcare through Medicaid routinely get stripped of their coverage if they end up in jail—even if they haven’t been convicted of a crime? Neither did I, until this morning.
Electronic dance musician Moby has finally weighed in on whether programs for poor people should be more or less restrictive. What answer, exactly, did the six-time Grammy nominated techno artist Moby land on?
Four hours west of Albuquerque, over the mud brown desert hills, past the impossibly expansive golden plains strewn with flat-topped mountains pressed on god’s griddle, north of Gallup, New Mexico, “The Most Patriotic Small Town in America,” in tiny Chinle, Arizona, off Indian Route 7, on a dirt-paved side street not…
The Trump administration does not want to force cash poor families to eat pre-boxed meal rations after all. It just wants them to stop receiving food assistance altogether.
Last week, Congress passed a two-year budget deal to avoid the world’s tiniest shutdown. In it, Democrats got some non-defense spending increases while Republicans got a massive increase in military spending. And, right on cue, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s reaction to this was Paul Ryan’s same reaction to literally…
The budget proposal the Trump administration released on Monday is a lengthy collection of moral horrors, but one section contains a particularly striking example of what is both new and old about this administration when it comes to policies that punish poor people.
The Department of Justice has “effectively shuttered” an office created during the Obama administration to expand access to legal services to people who can’t afford them, according to The New York Times.
It’s always been difficult to compare rates of poverty across countries, in part because conditions vary so greatly. Normally, the World Bank counts those living on less than $1.90 per person, per day as the world’s very poorest.
Senator Marco Rubio tweeted this at 7:12 a.m. on Tuesday:
In an age of unprecedented inequality, Senate Republicans still found the gall to pass a tax plan in the early hours of Saturday morning that constitutes an enormous transfer of wealth from the poor to the very wealthy. As The New York Times reported on Friday: “By 2027, people making $40,000 to $50,000 would pay a…