Tag: Poverty

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Opinion

Focus on poverty, not the middle-class

GEORGE E. CURRY (NNPA)—Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. This is a good time to remember that as President Obama seeks ways to strengthen the middle class and civil rights leaders focus on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington.

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Opinion

Is income inequality ‘morally wrong’?

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Obama hit the road to deliver remarks in Illinois and Missouri kicking off a series of speeches that lay out his vision for rebuilding the economy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (CNN) — It’s getting harder to shock people with stats about income inequality. Americans know they live in a two-tier country — one where the uber-super-ultra-rich are leaving the rest of us behind; where, as Michael Moore famously put it, 400 of the richest people control the same amount of wealth as 150 million others; where, as President Obama said in a speech on Wednesday, the “average CEO has gotten a raise of nearly 40% since 2009, but the average American earns less than he or she did in 1999.” “Even though our businesses are creating new jobs and have broken record profits,” the president said in his prepared remarks, “nearly all the income gains of the past ten years have continued to flow to the top 1%.”

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International

Argentina: Women will now collect welfare money

Andrea Nerone, center, sits with her daughters Malena, right, and Candela at their home during an interview in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) by Debora Rey BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Andrea Nerone lost her home and later was denied welfare to support her family after her husband abandoned her and their four children late last year. Unemployed and no longer able to pay the rent on their previous home, Nerone crowded with her kids into a modest house owned by her mother and collected welfare for a few months. But the payments were cut off when the government determined that the children’s father was employed and thus able to support them. The big problem: the family was no longer in contact with him and he wasn’t giving them any money.

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Metro

Racial disparities in PA increased in 50 years

Jomonna Smith listens to her children, 12-year-old Mon’Dayja and 9-year-old Mon’Dae, answer the doctor’s questions about school, chores and their health. (Public Source Photo/Alexandra Kanik) by Halle Stockton (Public Source)–Jomonna Smith, a 30-year-old woman, held her last job in 2008 as a store cashier. She is a single mother of three children, making ends meet with government assistance, styling hair on the side and a bit of family help. She relies on buses to get around and pays $301 a month to live in a public housing project in Braddock, a borough southeast of Pittsburgh. But she craves more for herself and her children.

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International

‘Africa Day': In Ethiopia, African Union celebrates 50 years

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jim Young, pool) by Kirubel TadesseADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union on Saturday marked 50 years since the founding of a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict.

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National

Obama in Chicago exhorts ‘ladders of opportunity’

MAKING CASE–President Barack Obama speaks about strengthening the economy for the middle class and the nations struggle with gun violence at an appearance at Hyde Park Academy, Feb. 15, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) by Darlene Superville Associated Press WriterCHICAGO (AP) — Pressing his case in the town that launched his political career, President Barack Obama called Friday for the government to take an active, wide-ranging role in ensuring every American has a “ladder of opportunity” into the middle class.