Tag: Poverty

Why Women Getting Abortions Now Are More Likely to Be Poor

GRANITE CITY, IL. — Abortion access in America is narrowing. There are fewer clinics, longer drives and more restrictions earlier in pregnancy. But something else is different: The women themselves. Women getting abortions today are far more likely to be poor than those who had the procedure done 20 years ago. Half of all women […]

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Belief in Bootstraps Is Strongest Where Pulling Up Is Toughest

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A widening income gap and sagging social mobility have left dents in the American dream. But the belief that anyone with enough gumption and grit can clamber to the top remains central to the nation’s self-image. And that could complicate Democratic efforts to frame the 2020 presidential election as a referendum on […]

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Please Stop Telling Me America is Great

America is the greatest country on earth. It’s a phrase, a slogan, a dogma for patriots. And as we stare down the barrel of an upcoming election, we’re prepared to hear this refrain echo. In the video Op-Ed above, we argue that the myth of America as the greatest nation on earth is at best […]

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‘I Didn’t Want Them to Go’: Salvadoran Family Grieves for Father and Daughter Who Drowned

SAN MARTÍN, El Salvador — Rosa Ramírez pleaded with her son, urging him not to leave El Salvador and head north with his wife and young daughter. The risks were simply too high. He saw no other choice. Their neighborhood was controlled by a gang that enriched itself through drug-dealing, extortion and violence. But most […]

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‘I Didn’t Want Them to Go’: Salvadorans Grieve for Father and Daughter Who Drowned

SAN MARTÍN, El Salvador — Rosa Ramírez pleaded with her son, urging him not to leave El Salvador and head north with his wife and young daughter. The risks were simply too high. He saw no other choice. Their neighborhood was controlled by a gang that enriched itself through drug-dealing, extortion and violence. But most […]

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2020 Democrats Address Poverty and Systemic Racism at Presidential Forum

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday defended his approach to working with Republicans, suggesting that those who cannot conceive of compromising with the opposition might as well “start a real, physical revolution.” “Folks, look, if you start off with the notion there’s nothing you can do, well, might you all […]

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Immigrants Brought Riches to Urban Schools. Now They’re in the Shadows.

BALTIMORE — Mary Donnelly, the principal of John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, has watched with pride for 18 years as new languages proliferated in the hallways, different countries were added to her social studies work sheets and the student population nearly quadrupled. The influx of poor immigrant families brought a flood of resources as the school’s […]

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Study Finds Folks in Chicago’s Affluent Streeterville Live to Almost the Century Mark, While Blacks in Impoverished Englewood Don’t Live Long Enough to Collect Social Security

Photo: iStock It’s just 9 miles between Chicago’s predominantly white and wealthy Streeterville neighborhood and the predominantly black and poor Englewood in the city’s South Side, but the gulf of difference in life expectancies between the two represents the largest such gap in the nation. A New York University School of Medicine study has found […]

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Privacy Is Class

When you see an ad for online gambling, it is never a matter of chance. Take, for example, the story of Sportsbet, an Australian company owned by the global gambling-industry behemoth Paddy Power. A recent investigation found that the company spent hundreds of millions of dollars on highly integrated promotional activities. Traditional advertising and celebrity […]

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Digital Privacy Is a Class Issue

When you see an ad for online gambling, it is never a matter of chance. Take, for example, the story of Sportsbet, an Australian company owned by the global gambling-industry behemoth Paddy Power. A recent investigation found that the company spent hundreds of millions of dollars on highly integrated promotional activities. Traditional advertising and celebrity […]

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The Democrats’ Neglect of Transgender Rights

To most political observers, President Donald Trump was never expected to champion transgender rights, but since taking office, Trump-Pence administration attacks on the trans community have been relentless. Since the start of 2017, the White House has instituted a trans military ban, rolled back protections for transgender access to bathrooms and other facilities, and erased […]

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