Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Editor of TalkPoverty.org.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:30pm
Dear Wendy’s: I’m Boycotting You, but I’m Not the One You Should Be Worried About
Dear Wendy’s, In the summer of 1988 I worked in Lowell, Massachusetts painting houses. The pay was lousy, the heat oppressive, and the work was exhausting. Many nights I would collapse, fully clothed, on my mattress on the floor of the dingy, mouse-infested apartment I rented. But before I hit the...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 11:15am
A Wake-Up Call for White Progressives
The night after Alton Sterling was killed by police, I got home from work late. When our three children were asleep, my wife and I finally had a moment together. The first thing she said, as if she had been sitting on it all day, was: “I feel like we need to get a Black Lives Matter sign for our...
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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 11:30am
In Paul Ryan’s District, a Community Struggling
In Racine, Wisconsin, it is clear that a community was abandoned. On either side of Memorial Drive, one after another, are relics of better days: massive brick factories now closed, sprawling warehouses deserted, empty lots, boarded-up buildings. Rusted water towers and aged smokestacks rise from...
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Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 11:00am
Why Achieving the American Dream Depends on Your Zip Code
Today, the state of the American Dream—the ability of anyone to work hard and get ahead—largely depends on one’s zip code . That is more than a little troubling, given that 97 percent of Americans believe everyone should have an equal shot at success. As President Obama put it earlier this year: “...
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Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:00am
Did the Stigma of Poverty Drive This Couple to Suicide?
Jodi and Randy Speidel, a couple in their mid-40s, taped a note to the front door of their one-bedroom rental home warning visitors of carbon monoxide. They let their three cats outdoors and wrote a note attesting that their next decision was a mutual one. Then, in their locked bedroom, they lit...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 3:15pm
Poor People Need a Higher Wage, Not a Lesson in Morality
“The idea that poverty is a problem of persons—that it results from personal moral, cultural, or biological inadequacies—has dominated discussions of poverty for well over two hundred years and given us the enduring idea of the underserving poor.” —Michael Katz, The Undeserving Poor In a recent op-...
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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 12:16pm
If Members of Congress Hear From Americans Living in Poverty, Will They Do Something About It?
Recently, at the Social Mobility Summit at the Brookings Institution, Representative Paul Ryan declared the War on Poverty a failure.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:19am
How to Build an Anti-Poverty Movement, From the Grassroots Up
With more than 46 million people living below the poverty line, struggling to survive on $19,530 or less for a family of three, and with more than one in three Americans living on less than twice that amount, scrimping to pay for basics, this country will require a broad-based movement to reverse the decades of failed national imagination.
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Friday, December 6, 2013 - 9:14am
While Obama Talks Poverty, Stabenow Agrees to $8 Billion More in SNAP Cuts
On the same day that President Obama eloquently described his vision of an economy defined by economic mobility and opportunity for all, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow was busy cutting a deal with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to slice another $8 to $9 billion from food stamps (SNAP), according to a source close to the negotiations.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:22am
Witnesses to Hunger (and Poverty) on the Hill
Nia Timmons was stressed.
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