Alyssa Peterson

Alyssa Peterson is a Special Assistant at the Center for American Progress and a staff member of TalkPoverty. She also serves as a domestic violence advocate.

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Friday, January 08, 2016
What South Carolinians Think About Ryan’s Poverty Forum
This Saturday, conservative leaders will gather in South Carolina for the “Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity” co-hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott. With an overall poverty rate of 18 percent in 2014, South Carolina ranks among the ten poorest states in the country and has one of...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
This Holiday Season, Workers in Poultry Plants Need a Union
While some Americans will pay upwards of $12 a pound for a heritage breed bird this Christmas, Minnesota workers who toil year-round in poultry plants are struggling to survive. Minnesota, ranked as the largest slaughterer of turkeys in the nation, has long been an epicenter of the American...
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Friday, April 03, 2015
Minimum Wage Worker Firing Reveals Why We Need More Poverty Reporting
On February 17 th , Washington Post reporter Chico Harlan wrote a piece that analyzed the human impact of the 25-cent minimum wage increase in Arkansas. The article prominently featured the experiences of Shanna Tippen, a grandmother who worked in a variety of roles at Days Inn and Suites such as...
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Leave No Civilian Behind
This article is cross-posted at BillMoyers.com . Roughly 1.4 million veterans live in poverty in the United States, and, in total, more than 45 million people live at or below the poverty line. These numbers are similarly unacceptable, yet the conversation around military poverty and civilian...
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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Hobby Lobby: No Justice for Survivors of Domestic Violence
“The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” -Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Planned Parenthood v. Casey In the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. decision on Monday,...
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