Category: AMERICAN DREAM

What Living in a High-Poverty Neighborhood Taught Me About Protests

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

October 18, 2016 at 11:02 am

Photo credits to Dorret.  Originally published in TalkPoverty.  About 13 years ago, I lived in Charleston, South Carolina, where I was trying to make ends meet as a freelance writer.  The going was tough. I moved to the Eastside where the rents were lower, and the paint was peeling off the old manor-style houses. Soon, […]

Announcing, my forthcoming memoir: MAID: A Single Mother’s Journey from Cleaning House to Finding Home

Stephanie Land

September 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

On June 16th, I celebrated my youngest daughter Coraline’s second birthday. While she opened presents, I relished the memory of her entering my life. She was born a month after I’d graduated college, during a time when I was totally unsure of how I’d find enough work or how to make it as a freelancer. […]

Surburbia Isn’t Just Soccer Moms and Perfect Lawns Anymore

Angela Pupino

August 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

Photo credits to Cameron Parkins.  Originally published on TalkPoverty and The Nation. When my father, aunt, and uncle decided to pool their money to buy my grandmother a house closer to one of her children, they didn’t need to look far. The house next door to mine had just gone up for sale. I had […]

The Class Politics of Decluttering

Stephanie Land

July 18, 2016 at 10:57 am

In a piece published by the New York Times, writing fellow Stephanie Land explores the role that class plays in the minimalist movement. She writes that, for many Americans, a minimalist life is an economic necessity and not a lifestyle choice.  For those struggling to get by, living with even less is neither desirable nor possible. She also writes that the perception of deal-hunting […]

And #StillIRise: #PeoplesConvention takes over Pittsburgh

Community Change

July 11, 2016 at 10:20 am

Wendi C. Thomas is a writing fellow for the Center for Community Change. [View the story “And #StillIRise: #PeoplesConvention takes over Pittsburgh” on Storify]

The Hidden Costs Colleges Don’t Want You to Know About

Angela Pupino

June 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Originally published on Quartz.    This fall, thousands of college students from across the country will begin their undergraduate careers at colleges around the nation. They will inevitably pack too much to fit in their tiny dorm rooms. They will also carry with them their share of over $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, in […]

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson: Stop Detaining Our Promising Youth

Guest Blogger

June 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Written by Morgan Whithaus. Originally published on The Huffington Post.  Open Letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson I graduated from Riverside High School on June 8. As my classmates and I walked across the stage at Cameron Indoor Stadium, we graduated with one less student. For Wildin Acosta, June 8 […]

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

June 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Originally published on Equal Voice.  It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North […]

What Happens When You Can’t Afford Self-care

Stephanie Land

June 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Originally published on Talk Poverty. For the last year, I have been keenly aware of my dire need for two things: therapy and exercise. But for those who struggle to make ends meet like I do, it’s normal to live a life without these perks—even though many consider them necessary elements of a healthy lifestyle. […]

The Answer is Muhammad Ali: Who else?

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

June 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Originally published in the Huffington Post. For most of my life, I haven’t idolized sports heroes. I may be the exception to the great American male rule-of-thumb. There have been a few exceptions – mainly historical sports figures. I’ve always admired Jesse Owens, and the story of his victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. […]

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