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America Must Make Amends for the Horror of Slavery

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. The name comes from a combination of the two words in the date, June nineteenth. On that day in 1865, 250,000 slaves in Texas were freed by a Union Army general who had arrived with troops in Galveston the day before. The Civil...

The 2020 Democratic primary debate over reparations, explained

For much of the 150 years since the official end of slavery in the United States, talk of the need for reparations has existed. In 2019, that discussion has become a full-blown political debate among politicians, presidential candidates, and academics over what it...

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to pass a ‘moral’ budget

Advocates for the poor will urge Congress to pass a “moral” budget that addresses poverty and systemic racism, according to testimony obtained by The Hill that will be delivered before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday. … Read the full article at The...

Poor People’s Campaign and 2020

Lindsay Koshgarian, program director at the National Priorities Project and Nijmie Dzurinko, organizer and chair of the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign discuss their as The Poor People’s Campaign is convening in Washington this week to draw attention to...

How to raise $9 trillion for working-class people without really trying

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Elected officials are calling faith leaders and social workers to Capitol Hill to talk about how the U.S. might begin helping the poor. It’s true: House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) is bringing leaders from the...

Pelosi Remarks at Budget Committee Hearing with Poor People’s Campaign

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at the Budget Committee Hearing, “Poverty In America: Economic Realities of Struggling Families,” which also featured testimony from Reverend Dr. William Barber, Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharris, and leaders of the...

Finally, Presidential Candidates Are Talking About Poverty

In August 2012, The Nation launched a blog series called #TalkPoverty to “help push the issue of poverty into the mainstream political debate.” Each week we profiled advocates, scholars, and people in poverty who asked questions of President Barack Obama and the...

Poverty, racism at the center of forum for 2020 Democratic candidates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Francine Jefferson of Tchula, Mississippi, prefaced her question to former Vice President Joe Biden, explaining that her hometown, in the poorest county in America, has experienced devastating flooding with little support from the federal...

Mobilizing the Poor People’s Campaign

This week in Washington, the powers that be are hearing from a vital new democratic force in this country. For three days, the Poor People’s Campaign will bring poor and low-wage Americans to the nation’s capital to call for a moral renewal in this nation. They will...