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Tag: Poverty

Fifty years ago, religion met Marxism in the liberation theology movement. Its message still serves.

Travis Knoll

The late author of Nickel and Dimed played a major role in women’s liberation and U.S. socialism.

Lynne Segal

A recording and transcript of our event on inequities in medicine and child welfare.

Ruha Benjamin, Michelle Morse, Bram Wispelwey, Dorothy Roberts

The commodity’s bloody history is instructive of how global capitalism can and can’t be fixed.

Max Haiven
Inspired by the work of James and Grace Lee Boggs, many young Detroit activists are turning to forms of mutual aid to meet the needs of their communities.
Nate File

We must end the widespread practice of funding government budgets by extorting poor people apprehended for minor offenses.

Andrew Ross

Derecka Purnell interviews historian Elizabeth Hinton about her new book and how talk of “riots” discredits Black political demands.

Derecka Purnell, Elizabeth Hinton

Ron Howard’s Netflix adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy continues a long tradition of seeing hillbillies as a symbol of pristine American whiteness.

Ellen Wayland-Smith

Everyone agrees that child poverty is a problem. Why are Democrats and Republicans so bad at addressing it?

Rajan Menon

Monarch butterflies may be gone in thirty years. Saving them seems apolitical, but environmentalists have landed in the sights of drug cartels, illegal loggers, Trump supporters, and even clandestine avocado farmers.

Rob Nixon
Policing is not the only kind of state violence. In the mid-twentieth century, city governments, backed by federal money, demolished hundreds of Black neighborhoods in the name of urban renewal.
Brent Cebul
As we know from South Africa's crisis, political and social fault lines will shape the contours of joblessness.
Nicholas Rush Smith
Boston Review talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton about COVID-19, the relationship between culture, financial hardship, and health, and why capitalism’s flaws are proving fatal for America’s working class. 
Angus Deaton, Joshua Cohen

St. Louis is a microcosm of American structural racism.

Jamala Rogers, Jason Q. Purnell, Walter Johnson, Colin Gordon

Conservatives have long been sounding the alarm about “undeserving” people receiving public assistance.

Scott W. Stern

Despite President Bolsonaro's COVID-19 denialism, a small Brazilian city has one of the most ambitious responses in the world.

Leandro Ferreira, Paul R. Katz
While the government and some banks have announced mortgage moratoriums, they have not insisted that rent relief be passed on to tenants. Many renters don’t know what they will do come April 1, let alone May 1.
Mordecai Lyon
The Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran and cuts to SNAP benefits are two sides of the same war that the rich are waging against the global poor.
Liz Theoharis

Designed as a bucolic working-class suburb of St. Louis, the nearly all-black town of Centreville now floods with raw sewage every time it rains.

Walter Johnson

Kenya's poor were among the first to benefit from digital lending apps; now they call it slavery.

Emma Park, Kevin P. Donovan
New York public housing is plagued with problems, but it possesses a democratic advantage that voucher systems lack: residents can hold the state accountable not only as tenants but as constituents.
Pedro A. Regalado, Salonee Bhaman
The misdemeanor system is four times the size of the felony system. With so many gradations of minor crimes—many involving fines in a very informal process—prejudice and inequality shapes prosecution.
Brandon L. Garrett


It's time to rewrite the narrative of “Trump Country.” Rural places weren't always red, and many are turning increasingly blue.

Elizabeth Catte
Harm reduction strategies have their roots in 1980s HIV activism, but they are starting to spread in rural America in response to the opioid crisis.
Lesly-Marie Buer

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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