Hillary Wants to Bring Back Bill. She Shouldn’t.

Hillary Wants to Bring Back Bill. She Shouldn’t.

This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Clinton is the one who recently stunned me. Attempting to convince wary working class families that she’ll lift up the poor, shore up the middle class, and stand...
Turning Our Backs

Turning Our Backs

With the winter winds of January came a flurry of reports that several states were moving to cut thousands of people from their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamp”) rolls. In New Jersey, for example, Governor Chris Christie pulled...
The Poor Suffer from Hunger — Not the Munchies

The Poor Suffer from Hunger — Not the Munchies

Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It’s also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families. This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around...
The 64-Gazillion-Dollar Question

The 64-Gazillion-Dollar Question

Peter Edelman has battled poverty for nearly half a century — first as a top aide to Senator Robert Kennedy, later as a state and federal official, and currently as a key figure at a widely respected law and public policy center in Washington. Over his years in and...
Low-Wage Nation

Low-Wage Nation

With its catchy “We are the 99 Percent” slogan, the Occupy movement focused millions of Americans on our nation’s chronic inequality. As that movement regains momentum, it must pay more attention to the whole 99 percent. We certainly should worry...