Growing Up In Poverty – Even If You Escape It – Weakens Later Health

Growing Up In Poverty – Even If You Escape It – Weakens Later Health
Poverty remains a widespread problem. In the UK, 30% of children are growing up in poverty. More than half of these children are in working households, and poverty is on the rise even for children whose parents work in government-funded jobs.

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018
Skeptics may wonder, does the gender of the person who represents you in Congress really matter? Currently, only about 20 percent of all members of Congress are women - 22 of the 100 U.S. senators are female, as are 84 of the 435 members of the U.S. House.

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?Most Americans with jobs work “at-will”: Either party may terminate the arrangement at any time for a good or bad reason or none at all. Employers owe their employees nothing in the relationship and vice versa.

Why Poverty Is A Reflection Of Society

Why Poverty Is A Reflection Of Society

As the Senate prepares to modify its version of the health care bill, now is a good time to back up and examine why we as a nation are so divided about providing health care, especially to the poor.

How Innovation Can Fight Off Inequality

How Innovation Can Fight Off InequalityInequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go Down

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go DownIn 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program to address food insecurity in the United States, provided $70 billion in nutrition support to 46.5 million families and children living in 22.7 million American households.

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop Migrants

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop MigrantsWalls have a strong political connotation in post-war Europe. The most tragically famous was the Berlin wall built in 1961 to prevent citizens of the DDR (otherwise known as East Germany) from seeking refuge in the West.

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency and lays out his agenda for our country, he will likely proclaim himself, as he did in the campaign, the voice of "the forgotten Americans."

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Donald Trump may have won the American presidency by promoting himself as the candidate for the common people to overthrow the Washington establishment, but this recent populist surge is certainly not the country’s first.

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income Inequality

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income InequalityScorpion met Frog on a river bank and asked him for a ride to the other side. “How do I know you won’t sting me?” asked Frog. “Because,” replied Scorpion, “if I do, I will drown.” Satisfied, Frog set out across the water with Scorpion on his back. Halfway across, Scorpion stung Frog. “Why did you do that?” gasped Frog as he started to sink. “Now we’ll both die.” “I can’t help it,” replied Scorpion. “It’s my nature.”

Affording Child Care In America

Affording Child Care In AmericaThis week on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump took a big step out of traditional Republican territory to propose a federal solution to the high cost of child care. His plan suggests utilizing the tax code to give a break to working parents with young kids.

How Class And Wealth Affect Your Health

How Class And Wealth Affect Your HealthInequities in wealth and income are one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time. It’s important to address these inequities for three key reasons.

How To Fix America’s Child Care Problem

Advocates need to develop a broad-based support, which includes hearing all voices, such as those of child care workers. U.S. Army, CC BYIn what might be the most contentious election campaign season yet, the main presidential candidates seem to agree on at least one issue – that the policy around child care for American families needs improvement.

Why Violence Is Deeply Rooted In Inequality

Why Violence Is Deeply Rooted In InequalityLatin America has traditionally been the world’s most unequal region, but it has recently shown signs of change. Through the 2000s, high international prices for exports have brought inequality levels down.

Donald Trump And "Poor White Trash"

Donald Trump And "Poor White Trash"In her new book,White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg rips apart the myth that the United States is a class-free society where hard work is rewarded by social mobility.

The Widening Economic Gap Among Young People

The Widening Economic Gap Among Young PeopleAcross the world, the current generation of youth has been remarkably active in mobilizing against inequality. From the Arab Spring and the global Occupy movement to many political campaigns across the world, young people are often at the forefront of the fight.

Why Is Rural Broadband Access Still Such A Problem?

digital divide 6 10There is a well-documented “digital divide” between rural and urban areas when it comes to broadband access. As of 2015, 74 percent of households in urban areas of the U.S. had residential broadband connections, compared with only 64 percent of rural households. This gap has persisted over time.

The Women Who Are Taking On Wal-Mart

Denise Barlage and Venanzi Luna. Liz Cooke, CC BYPico Rivera is a dusty working-class Latino suburb of Los Angeles. After the school district, Wal-Mart is the city’s largest employer and the source of 10 percent of its tax revenue. More than 500 families in the town depend on income from the store.

Why We Must End Upward Pre-distributions To The Rich

pWhy We Must End Upward Pre-distributions To The RichYou often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive, while making the best educated more competitive. There’s some truth to this. The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines.

What’s Destroying the American Middle Class?

What’s Killing the American Middle Class?A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable but inevitable effects of natural forces at work.

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama Papers

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama PapersThe Panama Papers is a treasure trove of information on the activities and clientele of a large, but not atypical law firm operating in an offshore financial centre. In this case, it is a firm called Mossack Fonseca, based in Panama. It follows a series of spectacular leaks by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, including the HSBC files

U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great Depression

U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great DepressionIncome inequality in the United States has been a major flashpoint during the 2016 presidential election, with much debate focused on whether America is divided between “the 1 percent” who make up the wealthy elite and the lagging middle and working classes.

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality Wrong

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality WrongDespite appearances to the contrary, this year’s presidential follies have managed to feature at least a few policy discussions amid all the name-calling. Income inequality in particular has animated voters on both sides of the partisan divide, but the solutions advocated by candidates from each party are markedly different.

How Gifted, Low-income Kids Are Left Behind

The current process of selection could be leaving out some low-income and minority kids. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CC BYIn 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation At Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, which documented widespread academic underachievement at every level, concluding:

How Your Local Train Station Can Predict Health And Death

Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities. AAP/Tracey NearmyThe association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations has been demonstrated in many different locations around the world. These include London and Glasgow in the UK and across the US including California.

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