The link between poverty and (mis)education

When it comes to economic inequality, and the cycle of poverty, I have been researching at my internship (New Haven Reads) how the lack of proper education contributes to the cycle of poverty. Specifically, the lack of suitable education, or education at all, provided for women creates a cycle of illiteracy, which results in the […]

We. Are. Ready. Probably.

Alison sends this, a report from The Opportunity Agenda that says Americans, while balancing a belief in equality for all, and the ability of people in this country to make their own way (the old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” thing), are ready to talk a little more seriously about eliminating poverty. From the […]

The hidden toll of energy insecurity

From Laura Bliss, of The Atlantic Monthly’s CityLab: An estimated 16 million U.S. households face this hardship, unable to afford electricity and stay warm or cool enough. Energy costs are known to have an outsize economic impact on the poor: It’s been estimated that the bottom 20 percent of U.S. earners spend roughly 10 percent […]

Is the rising tide lifting all boats?

‘Murica got some good economic news from the U.S.Census Bureau, namely: …Real median household income increased by 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015 while the official poverty rate decreased 1.2 percentage points. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased. Median household income in the United States in 2015 was $56,516, […]

Deadly force and poor people

Since June 2015, the British newspaper, The Guardian, is keeping The Counted, a sad running list of people who’ve been killed by police officers. From FiveThirtyEight, the police are killing people at roughly the same rate as before Ferguson, when teenager Michael Brown was shot in the street in August 2014. But go back to […]