Urban poverty affects too many people to ignore. Weave blogger Steve Peraza is exploring the problem's many dimensions and thinking through possible ways to solve it.
|Jan 18 2016||Integration at a Crossroad|
I am thankful for whatever lessons I can learn from the past to help me confront the problems of the present. We’re at a new low point in race relations, and now (as many times before) there are grumblings of racial separation. What, if anything, can Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s writing tell us that might restore our faith in integration as a viable goal for the U.S.?
|Jan 12 2016||Adjuncts Deserve Better|
United University Professions (UUP), a union which represents faculty and nonteaching professionals in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, recently published an ad criticizing the poverty-level wages paid to SUNY’s adjunct professors. According to the UUP ad, approximately a third of the professors in SUNY are "adjuncts," which means they are part time faculty and paid by the course.
|Jan 09 2016||Latinos on ICE|
|Jan 19 2015||Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Antipoverty Proposal|
A greater percentage of Americans suffer poverty today than when Dr. King was assassinated. The poverty rate in 1968 was approximately 12.8%; today it’s 15%. As poverty plagues more and more people, U.S. leaders propose provisional and fragmented solutions to the problem. Where are the big ideas that tackle the problem as a whole?
|Apr 12 2014||Sustainability--The Big Picture|
An eclectic mix of educators, legal professionals, and community activists convened today at the Olmstead Center for Sight in downtown Buffalo to attend the first of four sessions in One Region Forward’s Citizen Planning School, an educational program designed “to empower citizens to plan for change in their community.”
|Mar 26 2014||Poverty, Parents, and Smoking|
In my neighborhood it’s not uncommon to see drivers smoking cigarettes in their cars with young children in the backseat. According to a recent study, poverty has something to do with it. Whatever the reason, parents really should stop lighting cigarettes in the cars they use to transport their kids.
|Mar 23 2014||Fiscal Guillotines|
There’s an eerie cheerfulness in the ways that some journalists report budget cuts. When the blade falls, they don’t bemoan the folks who lose their heads—they cheer the executioner and hoorah as the heads roll.
|Mar 19 2014||Poverty Studies|
The fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty inspired renewed political debates concerning the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to poverty. Historians have heard the call and begun to (re)examine the history of poverty in America.
|Jan 29 2014||Poverty and the Minimum Wage|
Will increasing the minimum wage protect workers from poverty?