Can you really be poor if you own a flat-screen TV … or two? Depends on whom you ask. With income inequality at the center of the national political debate this year, it should be no surprise that conservatives and liberals are coming down on opposite sides of the tracks.
Medicaid and other safety net programs could undergo major changes if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win November’s election.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made headlines earlier this year by stating, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.” But since that time, he’s been close-lipped about his actual plans to help struggling Americans and to repair the safety net.
Catholic Nuns took over Richmond in early July with an inspiring visit to the Virginia Interfaith Center as part of their Nuns on the Bus Tour, a nine-state road trip aimed at raising awareness about family poverty and concern over the House Republican budget proposal. The sisters shared heartwarming stories about the people they met and service organizations they visited throughout their tour. They rallied local advocates to be engaged in the political process and to voice concerns about budgets that makes cuts to the programs and services assisting the most vulnerable in our communities.
A Minnesota Without Poverty continues to work from the conviction that there is enough for all to have enough—if we all do our part. As such, we have determined that “our part” focuses on two related areas, both connected to the Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.
In April, Half in Ten partners the Virginia Interfaith Center and the Coalition on Human Needs released a joint report on the impact of the U.S. House-passed budget on Virginians.
As we approach another Mother’s Day, we as Americans reflect on the challenges facing some of the mothers struggling the most out there—single mothers living in poverty—and what we can do to create greater economic opportunity for all kinds of families. Here are five things to keep in mind about poor single mothers this Mother’s Day.
In The Hunger Games, the wealthy people of the Capitol leverage their power to create a game only they can win. Unfortunately, this is a storyline similar to one that many Americans know all too well. Watch this Hunger Games parody trailer to learn how Congress is playing games with hunger and nutrition assistance.
Melissa Boteach, director of Half in Ten, reveals some of the choices the GOP made in an effort to avert military cuts scheduled for January 2013 under a bipartisan agreement reached last summer.
Because House Republicans included cuts to a provision that coordinates essential nutrition assistance with other safety net programs, 280,000 children would no longer be automatically eligible for free school breakfast and lunch.