Archive for the ‘poverty’ Category

California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, due largely to the state’s lack of affordable housing. In November voters will decide whether or not rent controls will help solve the problem.

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Faith leaders are renewing Martin Luther’s King’s effort to demand better jobs and living conditions for the poor, by organizing demonstrations across the country to highlight the issue of poverty.

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An exhibit at the National Building Museum has been adapted from Matthew Desmond’s 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City into an “immersive” experience.

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Matthew Desmond estimates that about 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute. “Eviction isn’t just a condition of poverty; it’s a cause of poverty,” he says.

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“… it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

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The town sign stands in the snow at the entrance to Davos, Switzerland, host to the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum taking place this week. Donald Trump will be among the attendees.

The annual report is intended for the rich and powerful who gather in Davos to talk about world poverty. And it causes the Twittersphere to flare up.

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Across Twitter, people in the development community were outraged that so few women were named on the list.

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