The Poverty Report

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.

Integration at a Crossroad

917 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.?

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. 

Deportation in the News

914 Check out this New York Times editorial on the U.S. deportation crisis. The piece correctly notes that U.S. officials misunderstand the “humanitarian disaster” that is pushing Central Americans north. 

Latinos on ICE

907 Sanctioned by the Obama administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun deporting Central American refugees, marking the latest dark turn in U.S. immigration politics.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Antipoverty Proposal

799 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?

Sustainability--The Big Picture

672 One Region Forward

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.” 

Poverty, Parents, and Smoking

659 If you're going to do it, why not step outside?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.

Fiscal Guillotines

654 The Ken-Ton School District LogoThere’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.

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.

Poverty and the Minimum Wage

Will increasing the minimum wage protect workers from poverty?