Category: MIDDLE CLASS

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 […]

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. […]

Sheryl Sandberg Thinks She Finally Gets Single Moms, But She Doesn’t Get Me

Stephanie Land

May 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Originally posted in SheKnows. I read Sheryl Sandberg’s recent Facebook post from the trenches of a horrible Mother’s Day weekend. The youngest had thrown up on Friday night, and we slept on the couch, sitting up and surrounded by towels, and didn’t move much the next day. Mother’s Day came, and I tried to put […]

A Worker’s Take On The New Overtime Proposal

Community Change

July 6, 2015 at 10:40 am

Originally posted on Talk Poverty and The Nation. As a manager for a national auto supply chain, Lora McCrary puts in between 50 and 70 hours a week remodeling stores across the country. But because she’s a salaried employee, she’s ineligible to earn overtime pay. The long hours, weeks spent on the road and living […]

Retail work and the instability of the New Year

Mark Ortiz

January 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

The New Year tends to be a time for new beginnings, but for Americans who work in seasonal jobs in the retail industry, the New Year can be a very unsettling time. The rush for material goods has finally subsided, and work hours disappear along with the jobs, creating only a select number of positions […]

Can We Really Do Something about Poverty in America?

Community Change

July 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Executive Director Deepak Bhargava delivered the following speech on July 1, 2014 at the Aspen Ideas Fest. For the full video of Deepak delivering this speech, click here. In the richest country in the history of the world, we’re never more than a degree away from poverty. That’s what hit me on my way out here. […]

Minimum Wage Momentum!

Marisol Bello

June 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

Pictured here: People cheer the moment the minimum wage bill passes in the Seattle City Council. There have been a lot of minimum wage victories in the news lately. Yesterday, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Last week, Michigan’s governor signed into law a bill that […]

Politicians must stop dancing to the mantra of ‘It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World’

Deirdra Reed

April 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Originally posted on The Hill’s Congress Blog. In 1966, the “King of Soul,” James Brown, proclaimed, “It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s world!” And ever since, there hasn’t been a Brown biographer or reality singing competition that has not placed those lyrics front and center in American culture. As an African American woman and a mom, […]

Frances Perkins: Equal pay trailblazer

Nicole Duarte

April 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Frances Perkins, former Secretary of Labor and first woman to hold a Presidential cabinet appointment, began her career fighting poverty in some of the most impoverished communities in New York and Philadelphia. Perkins was known for her determination, boldness, and ability to find common ground between people with wildly different viewpoints. One of Perkins’ first […]

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