Tag: Poverty

The Real Pandemic Gap Is Between the Comfortable and the Afflicted

Rates of Covid-19 are far higher among the poor, according to a federal analysis reported by The Washington Post. For Medicare beneficiaries also eligible for Medicaid, the rate of coronavirus cases was 1,732 per 100,000. For those with incomes too high for Medicaid, it was just 320 per 100,000. Earlier in the pandemic, poor neighborhoods […]

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Who Holds the Key to a New America?

Republicans and Democrats largely ignore poor people because they do not expect them to vote at the same levels as their higher-income neighbors. But 2020 could change that. In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, campaigns that court low-income nonvoters by focusing on issues like expanding Medicare and raising wages […]

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“Family Life Coaches,” Private Jets, and the One Percent’s Pandemic Economy

With the Paycheck Protection Program funds for small businesses from the spring beginning to dry up and the $600 unemployment stimulus expired, thousands of locally owned restaurants now have to choose between closing up shop temporarily or going out of business—and putting their employees out of work—for good. Meanwhile, in Connecticut, a chief executive officer […]

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The Pandemic Benefit Seems so Great Because Actual Wages Are Insanely Low

At the end of last week, the $600 federal unemployment insurance supplement expired after a congressional deadlock on passing a new stimulus bill, leaving millions of laid-off workers without income that was helping them support themselves and their families. That, of course, was by design; the extra $600, Republicans insisted from the start, would make […]

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Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

The Hindus performed the prayer rituals awkwardly in supplication to their new, single god, as they prepared to leave their many deities behind them. Their lips stumbled over Arabic phrases that, once recited, would seal their conversion to Islam. The last words uttered, the men and boys were then circumcised. Dozens of Hindu families converted […]

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In Argentina’s Debt Negotiations, a Kinder, Gentler Capitalism Faces a Test

LONDON — Laurence D. Fink presents himself as the vanguard of a progressive form of capitalism in which profits are not everything: The enlightened money is supposed to press for environmental and social protection. As the chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment management company, Mr. Fink oversees more than $7 trillion. He has […]

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Coronavirus Forced Indian Workers on a Deadly Journey

DEVARI, India — Somebody took a photograph on the side of a highway in India. On a clearing of baked earth, a lithe, athletic man holds his friend in his lap. A red bag and a half empty bottle of water are at his side. The first man is leaning over his friend like a […]

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How 2 New York Schools Became Models for Coping in a Pandemic

Around 3 a.m. one day this past spring, a math teacher at Mott Haven Academy was stirred awake by the buzz of a text message. It was from a student, who wrote that his mother had just died from the coronavirus. The Bronx charter school, still in the process of switching to remote learning, sprang […]

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A Quarter of Bangladesh Is Flooded. Millions Have Lost Everything.

Torrential rains have submerged at least a quarter of Bangladesh, washing away the few things that count as assets for some of the world’s poorest people — their goats and chickens, houses of mud and tin, sacks of rice stored for the lean season. It is the latest calamity to strike the delta nation of […]

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Why Hunger Can Grow Even When Poverty Doesn’t

The news about the needy in recent weeks has at times seemed at odds with itself. As surveys find more people are going hungry, evidence suggests that increased federal aid, in response to the pandemic-driven rise in unemployment, has prevented a surge in poverty. How could hunger soar if poverty does not? The possible explanations […]

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They Crossed Oceans to Lift Their Families Out of Poverty. Now, They Need Help.

LONDON — For more than a decade, Flavius Tudor has shared the money he has made in England with his mother in Romania, regularly sending home cash that enabled her to buy medicine. Last month, the flow reversed. His 82-year-old mother sent him money so he could pay his bills. Suffering a high fever and […]

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How to Make a Deadly Pandemic in Indian Country

This is how the cycle of Native invisibility works. The United States signed treaties with hundreds of tribal nations, offering specific resources and services for the land. America has failed repeatedly to abide by its own laws, and once again, tribal nations are pointing this out. But these treaties remain an afterthought to too many […]

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A Republican Congressman Reportedly Called AOC a ‘Fucking Bitch’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be a progressive icon, but she says she generally gets along well with her Republican colleagues — except on Monday, when one of them reportedly called the New York Democrat a “fucking bitch.” Florida Rep. Ted Yoho ran into Ocasio-Cortez as he was leaving the Capitol after voting and she was […]

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Canada Wants Low-Income Canadians to Pay Back the $2,000-a-Month COVID-19 Benefit

The government intends to enforce the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit repayments for anyone who got it without qualifying. Photo via The Canadian Press In early April, the number of people showing up for free meals at the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre plummeted. Based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, the centre normally feeds about 80 people a day, said Wade […]

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New York City Has 2,300 Parks. But Poor Neighborhoods Lose Out.

Governors Island, a 172-acre oasis in the middle of New York Harbor, has become one of New York’s City’s most popular summer playgrounds with hammocks, biking and spectacular water views. But the island’s managers want it to be a greater resource for those who need it the most, especially during the pandemic — poor and […]

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Bartering Child’s Dress for Food: Life in Lebanon’s Economic Crisis

BEIRUT, Lebanon — For three decades, Chef Antoine El Hajj has appeared on television five days a week to help cooks across Lebanon improve their grasp of the culinary arts. Two months ago, as an economic crisis caused Lebanon’s currency to collapse and prices to soar, he realized that many of his viewers could no […]

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Tyler Perry Gifts Atlanta Nonprofit With Van

Aside from his film and television projects, entertainment mogul Tyler Perry is known for his generosity. The latest act of kindness displayed by the New Orleans native was in support of an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Perry donated a van to Project U First. The grassroots organization is dedicated to providing individuals […]

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