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, […]

Let’s Guarantee Every High School Student a Summer Job

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

August 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Photo credits to Flazingo Photos.  Originally posted on the Huffington Post.  In New York City, where the summer job program for high school students is run on a neighborhood lotto system under which kids vie for a limited number of slots, some kids will win, and some will lose. Maria Bonilla struck out four times […]

Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate

Fred McKissack Jr.

April 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Originally published on Rooflines, a Shelterforce blog. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusive American Dream. She was a stay at home mom and he worked as a salesman in the auto industry, affording them a measure of middle class stability in the heart of the Midwest. They rented their […]

Black Lives Matter Movement and Opportunities Deprived Go Hand In Hand

Fred McKissack Jr.

March 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Originally published on Equal Voice.  What does it say about the value of Black lives when too many of those lives are in crumbling schools, drinking poisoned water, finding themselves chronically unemployed, or wasting away in prison? The Black Lives Matter movement may have been born out of police shootings, but what happened on the […]

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 […]

President Obama, Think Big in 2015

Robin Curran

January 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm

It’s a new year, which means new resolutions, new inaugurations and the beginning of holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises. Last week I attended the Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Inaugural Action with Mayor Muriel Bowser. In a packed church with standing room only, more than 900 WIN members and supporters came together to present […]

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. […]

Invest in Residents Who Want to Work

Guest Blogger

May 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

This piece was orginally published on the new blog Image via Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development.  By: Gary Crum My name is Gary Crum and I am a proud resident of the Oliver community in Baltimore. I am also an employee of The Reinvestment Fund Development Partners (TRFDP)—founded by Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) andThe Reinvestment Fund (TRF)—which develops […]

The Life-Long Stigma of Being an Ex-Prisoner

Abby Marco

April 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

We like to think that in the United States, all people have rights and equality; all people have a voice. However, there are 65 million Americans and 60,000 D.C. natives that would beg to differ. These are the people that struggle under the life-long stigma that comes with the label “ex-convict.” Ex-prisoners have paid their […]

Sergio Tells His Story at the April 10th Event

Community Change

April 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

On April 10th, tens of thousands of immigrants, their families and their supporters will flood the Capitol building in Washington to help elevate the voices of 11 million undocumented citizens who have for too long been forced to live in the shadows. Sergio Martinez will be one of the people there to tell his story.  […]

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