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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Friday, June 10, 2016
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
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 09, 2015
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
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
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
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 06, 2013
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
Witnesses to Hunger (and Poverty) on the Hill
Nia Timmons was stressed.
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Monday, November 11, 2013
The New Public on Poverty and Education
The negative impact of poverty on a child’s educational achievement is indisputable.
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
How to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years
The Half in Ten campaign—launched in 2007 by the Center for American Progress, Coalition on Human Needs and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—set
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