Posts Tagged Poverty

Chart of the Day: Blame US policies, not single mothers, for child poverty

Single mothers in the US are disproportionately likely to be poor — a fact that some like to point to explain why we have such god awful rates of child poverty. The US ranks 34 out of 35 developed countries in terms of number of children living in poverty, which should be a national scandal but isn’t. Conservatives — who like to wring their hands about the plight of single mothers without actually asking them what they need (like, maybe health insurance?) — think marriage is the magic bullet. The federal government has spent nearly one billion dollars since 2001 on marriage promotion — a colossal waste of money. Just recently, a Heritage Foundation panel said ...

Single mothers in the US are disproportionately likely to be poor — a fact that some like to point to explain why we have such god awful rates of child poverty. The US ranks 34 out of ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Sex education in Mississippi is abysmal.

In Texas, the return of the back-alley abortion.

The three men convicted in the gang rape of the Mumbai photojournalist have been sentenced to death.

Where are the stories about female war veterans?

Young black musicians changing the face of classical music.

Sex education in Mississippi is abysmal.

In Texas, the return of the back-alley abortion.

The three men convicted in the gang rape of the Mumbai photojournalist have been sentenced to death.

Where are the ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Consent, the mixtape:  “To say that love is the overriding theme of pop music is misleading.”

A step by step of what the Hobby Lobby / personhood Supreme Court case really means.

Poverty and fatherhood in Camden, New Jersey.

A portrait of trans artists changing the landscape of contemporary art. 

Consent, the mixtape:  “To say that love is the overriding theme of pop music is misleading.”

A step by step of what the Hobby Lobby / personhood Supreme Court case really means.

Poverty and fatherhood in ...

“Paycheck to Paycheck” documentary puts a human face to the treadmill of poverty in the US

“Alis Volat Propilus…It means ‘I fly with my own wings.’ I don’t need anyone else to hold me up.” Katrina Gilbert looks into the camera fingering the tattoo of a bird just above her breast. The ink is a reminder and totem. It is our first introduction to Gilbert, whose story in the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert becomes the visual embodiment of the Shriver Report released earlier this year. Gilbert is one of 42 million American women who live at or below the poverty line. It is only a short moment later in the film that we become acutely aware that Gilbert may very well have her own wings, but it is ...

“Alis Volat Propilus…It means ‘I fly with my own wings.’ I don’t need anyone else to hold me up.” Katrina Gilbert looks into the camera fingering the tattoo of a bird just above her breast. The ...

Rand Paul thinks poor moms should be punished for being poor

Senator Rand Paul may be emerging as the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination, but we must never forget that he holds some of the most extreme policy positions imaginable. Whether it’s being against portions of the Civil Rights Act, being opposed to all abortions without exception, or his latest nonsense about benefits for poor mothers. For every moment where the Senator says something sensical about the war on drugs, there’s this kind of moment where you remember how far outside of the mainstream Senator Paul is.

Via Think Progress (emphasis added):

At a luncheon for the Chamber of Commerce in Lexington, KY, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) floated the idea of capping government benefits for ...

Senator Rand Paul may be emerging as the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination, but we must never forget that he holds some of the most extreme policy positions imaginable. Whether it’s being against portions ...

50 years into the war on poverty, gender analysis needed

Bourgeois (read: mostly white) feminism is currently, finally untenable — politically, personally, and almost universally. Thanks to many, many working class people and minorities raising their voices and elevating their experiences as a political priority, there’s a general consensus around this these days, even if many feminists, old-guard and new-guard alike, don’t know quite what that will look like. Like so many feminist breakthroughs, this one has stemmed from a great, at times unspeakable, need. Because even though it’s been fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared an ”unconditional war on poverty in America”–and despite the many important social safety net programs that came out if this commitment–poverty in this country remains a dire problem.

Bourgeois (read: mostly white) feminism is currently, finally untenable — politically, personally, and almost universally. Thanks to many, many working class people and minorities raising their voices and elevating their experiences as a political priority, there’s a ...

Quote of the Day: Don’t worry, just speed to your abortion appointment!

Yesterday, as Jos covered, a federal appeals court took up Texas’s harsh new abortion restrictions. During testimony, lawyers from the pro-choice side noted that thanks to the new law, there is no longer a single abortion provider in the Rio Grande Valley, making the nearest clinic for the mainly low-income, Latino residents a 300-mile round trip away.

But 5th Circuit Judge Edith Jones was unimpressed.

Yesterday, as Jos covered, a federal appeals court took up Texas’s harsh new abortion restrictions. During testimony, lawyers from the pro-choice side noted that thanks to the new law, there is no longer a single abortion ...

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