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Millennials Getting Help From Parents Can Afford Homes - The Atlantic. Millions of America’s young people are really struggling financially.

Millennials Getting Help From Parents Can Afford Homes - The Atlantic

Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health c... Two homeless women wait for the bus to take their children to a shelter for the night.

Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health c...

(Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) In response to a question about his party’s plan to increase the cost of health insurance, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) suggested that people should “invest in their own health care” instead of “getting that new iPhone.” America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common. Restaurant chains such as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut made headlines this week with the news that they’re axing artificial ingredients from their recipes.

America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common

But given our expanding waistlines, it seems like Americans don’t need a healthier (but still packed with calories) Gordita Supreme or Three Cheese Stuffed Crust pizza—we need more fruits and vegetables. Indeed, the results of the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll reveal that in 2014 the nation’s obesity rate was nearly 28 percent, up from 27 percent in 2013. Not Just Food: Book Deserts Also Characterize Poor Neighborhoods - The Urban ... Leah Binkovitz | @leahbink | August 22, 2016.

Not Just Food: Book Deserts Also Characterize Poor Neighborhoods - The Urban ...

Coding “White Trash” in Academia. I was presenting at a panel at the Media and Civil Rights Symposium at the University of South Carolina.

Coding “White Trash” in Academia

Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Food Is Classist. Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck. Since 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.”

Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth-shattering: 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their current wage; 29 percent of Americans expect to earn a higher income in the coming year; 43 percent of homeowners who have owned their home for at least a year believe its value has increased. Black culture isn't the problem - systemic inequality is. The idea that it is black folks and our supposedly immoral and savage culture that creates our disproportionate rates of poverty and imprisonment is everywhere: cop shows, news media, movies set in black neighborhoods and high-school social studies classes have all perpetuated this misconception.

Black culture isn't the problem - systemic inequality is

And some are now using this old, false idea to disparage Black Lives Matter, saying that the real problem facing black communities isn’t police violence, racist oppression or economic exploitation but “black-on-black crime”. We hear this all over the place, from news columnists to Ray Lewis to Rudy Giuliani – and, most recently, reiterated by Bill Clinton. It’s asinine, this argument that modern civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter should stop talking about actual problems in favor of apocryphal ones. During the civil rights movement there was much more homicide in the black community than there is now — black-on-black crime is shrinking. How Big Data Harms Poor Communities. Big data can help solve problems that are too big for one person to wrap their head around.

How Big Data Harms Poor Communities

It’s helped businesses cut costs, cities plan new developments, intelligence agencies discover connections between terrorists, health officials predict outbreaks, and police forces get ahead of crime. Decision-makers are increasingly told to “listen to the data,” and make choices informed by the outputs of complex algorithms. But when the data is about humans—especially those who lack a strong voice—those algorithms can become oppressive rather than liberating. For many poor people in the U.S., the data that’s gathered about them at every turn can obstruct attempts to escape poverty. Low-income communities are among the most surveilled communities in America. American policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor. Kindergarten students play at Guilford Elementary School in Loudoun County, Va.

American policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor

Due to high rates of poverty, Title I schools like Guilford receive special federal funding to provide full-day kindergarten classes. I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump – STIR Journal. From the era of slavery to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the loyalty of poor whites.

I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump – STIR Journal

All Americans deserve better. Robert Reich. In America, only the rich can afford to write about poverty. Fortune. One of the first things an attendee does at the TED conference, which concluded Friday in Vancouver, is to visit the event’s “gift cave” inside the city’s glittering harborside convention center. Within is a collection of some of the best conference schwag ever: A black leather Moleskine backpack stuffed with goodies like a Google Chromecast, interesting books, a choice of expensive gadgets (I chose an August “smart” lock), a hipster t-shirt. In a first for me, TED even gave away a pair of Samuel Hubbard shoes. Multiple styles and sizes were available. Berlin: People Shouldn’t Have to Spend More Than a Third of Their Income on Rent.

In 2016, many Berlin housing-project residents can expect a cut in their rent. The cost of public housing in the city is just too high, the Berlin Senate ruled last Wednesday, and starting January 1 tenants will pay rent amounts that are directly linked to how much they earn. Thousands of Financially Vulnerable People Using Russell Simmons's Rushcard J... Papa John's Stores to Pay $500,000 Wage Theft Settlement. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman keeps cracking down on wage theft, and around 250 workers will be sharing in a nearly $500,000 settlement from four current and former Papa John's franchisees.

"Once again, we’ve found Papa John’s franchises in New York that are ripping off their workers and violating critical state and federal laws,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. "Once again, I call on Papa John’s and other fast food companies to step up and stop the widespread lawlessness plaguing your businesses and harming the workers who make and deliver your food. " Though it often isn't treated this way, it actually is illegal to fail to pay minimum wage or overtime, to make people work off the clock, to force workers being paid at the tipped worker subminimum wage to do non-tipped work, and a disturbing list of other ways businesses have found to keep money that workers have earned.

Aren’t the poor comparatively rich? The fallacy of faulty comparison - Sociol... Opponents of government aid to the poor often argue that the poor are not really poor. The evidence they are fond of is often an inappropriate comparison, usually with people in other countries: “Thus we can say that by global standards there are no poor people in the US at all: the entire country is at least middle class or better” (Tim Worstall in Forbes).

Sesame Street goes to HBO: Practically, it's great. Symbolically, not so much. A Study of the 1.5 Million American Households Living on $2.00 Per Day. When Americans talk about the failings of the country’s economy, the focus is usually on inequality—the uneven distribution of prosperity among the population. The Truth About Poor People's Eating Habits Will Surprise You. Glogin?mobile=1&URI= This is your brain on money: Why America’s rich think differently than the rest of us. Consider the following recent headlines: The absolute worst advice we give Americans struggling to pay rent. In urban centers around the country, rental prices are soaring. Cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City routinely report double-digit increases that make it nearly impossible for residents to make ends meet.

What Happened When Arizona Drug Tested People on Welfare. Arizona Drug Tested Welfare Recipients — Here Are the Shocking Results. When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on July 13, he peppered his 34-minute speech with a laundry list of deeply conservative policy prescriptions.

10 powerful quotes from Mandela’s Make Poverty History speech. 10 years ago today, Nelson Mandela gave his now famous speech at the Make Poverty History rally in London’s Trafalgar Square, calling on world leaders to make poverty history ahead of the G7 talks being hosted in the UK. 35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality. This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Poverty rates in every U.S. school district, in one map.