So. The Democratic debate last night…

From the twitterati, Sen. Bernie Sanders won, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton got far too much air time, former Sen. Jim Webb whined a lot, and the other two — Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee — were basically OK, but… This is not a scientific analysis. I’m interested in yours. What did you think? …

Hunger? Homelessness? Who cares? Let’s talk vaginas!

Despite a week that would choke a lesser person, I carved out time in my busy life to sit and watch the entire — all of it — varsity GOP debate last night. (I could not bring myself to watch the junior varsity debate held earlier, because I only indulge in so much of such activities a …

Should 40 hours be sufficient?

Bernie Sanders put this on Twitter yesterday: If you work 40 hours a week, you have a right not to live in poverty. I just started teaching COMM 345 at Central Connecticut State University on Monday afternoon. It’s a writing course where we explore wealth/income inequality through the prism of race. We’ll be discussing this …

Why all the social unrest?

Because we, through very bad public policy and a slavish devotion to create low-resource neighborhoods, made it so. Read this from Paul A. Jawgorsky, professor of public policy at Rutgers University. Boiled down The number of people living in high-poverty ghettos, barrios, and slums has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from 7.2 million to 13.8 …

To write about poverty, you really need to be rich

Read the fabulous Barbara Ehrenreich‘s Guardian essay on covering poverty from a privileged perch. The author of “Nickel and Dimed,” “This Land Is Their Land” and other wonderful books, essays, and magazine articles writes: There are many thousands of … gifted journalists who want to address serious social issues but cannot afford to do so …

This is what poverty looks like on a child.

In the last decade or so, researchers have started looking at the effect poverty has on a child. The New Yorker has one of the best things I’ve read lately on the topic, right here. The author,  Madeline Ostrander, writes about the neurotoxin, poverty: As it turns out, the conditions that attend poverty—what a National …

Can liberals and conservatives come together on poverty?

Pres. Obama (yes, him, and if you’ve stopped reading already I guess you’ve answered my question) suggested in a recent panel discussion at Georgetown University’s Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty (you can watch it here) that we might want to come together on this issue. Here‘s Religion News Services’ coverage, where the take-away is faith …

The bottom’s a looong way to the top

Read this piece, originally run last October at Brookings, on a historic study of Baltimore and its opportunities. From author Karl Alexander: White men without college degrees are better-off because they have access to relatively lucrative blue-collar jobs through social ties within their families and their largely segregated neighborhoods. Eighty-nine percent of white high school …

You say “poverty,” I say “po-TAH-to.”

Leftover sends this, a powerful, concise essay by Peter Marcuse on what language we should use to describe wealth/income inequality/poverty/war on. From the essay: In fact, the way the rich obtain their wealth is what generates poverty. Here are a few specific mechanisms by which this happens: Exploitation at the work place. Keeping the pay …

More than half of U.S. students now live in poverty

According to a new report from the Southern Education Foundation, more than half of U.S. students in public schools lived in poverty in 2013. That’s 51 percent. From the report: In 40 of the 50 states, low income students comprised no less than 40 percent of all public schoolchildren. In 21 states, children eligible for …