Op-Ed

Obama Leads Discussion on Poverty

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   President Obama recently participated in a long overdue panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University. As regular readers of this column know, I have been complaining for years about the fixation this administration has had on helping the Read More

National

Where the Poor and Rich Really Spend Their Money

  (The Washington Post) – Lawmakers in several states are urging limits on how welfare recipients use public benefits, suggesting that the poor are buying things like lobster, filet mignon, vacations aboard cruise ships and visits to psychics. It’s an open question whether the problem these proposals aim to solve actually exists, but the Read More

Politics

America’s 11 Poorest Cities

  (CBS News) – For all its apparent conveniences and perks, city living has never been easy or inexpensive. And income inequality is often most obvious in metropolitan areas. U.S. Census Bureau data, cited by the Brookings Institution, found that the 50 largest American cities had Read More

National

The Poor Pay More in Taxes

  (The Economic Populist) – Yes, the rich pay more in taxes (because they earn so much more) — but they don’t usually pay more as a percentage of their incomes. According to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, in nearly every state, Read More

Politics

Who Won the War on Poverty?

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Ronald Reagan quipped: “In the 60s we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won.” Did it? This month, 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, effectively kicking off the Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: The Hungry Child

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Some children cheer when schools close for winter storms, but there are hungry children in America right now for whom another snow day meant another day without access to school breakfast or lunch. Despite criticism, some big city Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Fighting Poverty on Two Fronts

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a war on poverty.  Appalled by the way too many Americans lived, he empowered federal workers to develop and implement programs that created jobs, health care, housing and legal assistance.  Some Read More

Politics

Republicans Move to Claim Poverty-Fighting Mantle

[New York Times] WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio says the American dream has become “unattainable.” Senator Mike Lee says reforming government benefits programs should be the country’s “first priority.” And Representative Paul D. Ryan says the government safety net has “failed miserably.” Fifty years after Read More

World

Caribbean Nations United for Reparations

    By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a move  that has  implications for Blacks throughout the U.S., more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin Read More

National

Black Children Among the Nation’s Poorest

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the American economy stumbles through an uneven  economic recovery, Black children continue to suffer record levels of poverty, including 1 in 4 Black children under 5 years of age that live in extreme poverty, Read More

Politics

Selma SCLC Protests Closing Legal Services Office Serving Black Belt Region

by Rev. Franklin Fortier Special to the NNPA from the Greene County Democrat The Selma Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is protesting the Legal Services Corporation, of Alabama’s  recent announcement that it will close two of its nine offices and terminate eight of Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Focus on Poverty, Not the Middle Class

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. This is Read More

Op-Ed

Black Leaders Have Sold Out

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Once again the Black community has been shown how irrelevant they have become in the U.S.  Most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the media appointed Black leadership for selling out their people. And we’ve Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Experimenting with Poverty

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Newark, New Jersey Mayor, Corey Booker, following the example of Phoenix, Arizona Mayor, Greg Stanton, is accepting a challenge to live on a $35 food stamp budget for one week.  Mr. Mayor will add to his resume of shoveling Read More