• Scholars of Poverty and Inequality Face Their Own Racial Reckoning

    by Nicole Sussner Rodgers and Deadric T. Williams

    Social scientists have long entertained the theory that persistent Black poverty results from in-group cultural deficiency. Now the field of poverty studies faces a growing rebellion of scholars who call this victim-blaming. 

  • Organizing the Rich or the Poor?

    by Liz Theoharis

    Instead of looking to national leaders or the rich, a 1968 incident should remind us to recognize the need to organize the political power of the poor for self-determination.

  • Poor Neighborhoods Are Only Getting Poorer

    What new research shows is that number of poor neighborhoods in metropolitan areas has actually doubled from 1980 — and most existing low-income areas only fell deeper into poverty.

  • What to do about COVID? Start by Listening to People

    by Rachel F. Seidman

    An oral historian of medical care in the South observes that the current crisis shows weaknesses in the fabric of society that would have long been obvious to policymakers if they were more inclined to listen to ordinary people. 

  • Inequality and the Coronavirus

    by Liz Theoharis

    Here’s the simple truth of twenty-first-century America: all of us live in a time and in an economic system that values our lives relative to our ability to produce profits for the rich or in the context of the wealth we possess.

  • Prayer Will Not Stop the Coronavirus

    by The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

    America is not in trouble because people are not praying; we face an exacerbated public health crisis because this administration has spent more time preying on the most vulnerable than lifting all people.

  • The Other America: 2016 Edition

    by Louis Ferleger and Matthew Lavallee

    Our methods of measuring economic conditions are failing to capture the plight of millions, leaving them invisible in the New Economy.