The Shriver Report – poverty

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Ex-Offenders Defeat the Pull of the Street
If you happen upon “The Most Excellent Halfway Home” in Jersey City, you will find a group of women who have learned to rise above adversity by coming together and leaning onto each other. You will find a community of women who have recently been released from Hudson County Jail with a second chance at life. Eradicating poverty and helping women in need is very dear to Same Sky—our birthplace being Rwanda after wanting to shed light on the devastation of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, and needing to offer our help and hope; offer a second chance—which is why we jumped on the opportunity to expand to America. This desire stems from the fact that over 50 million people live below the poverty line right here in the United States, and an estimated 85% of women in prisons are mothers—unfortunately, the fastest-growing sector in the prison population.  → Read More
Take Action Tuesday
Take Action Tuesday: Tell Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage
Take Action Tuesday is a new weekly feature that highlights ways you can take action for a cause. With the help of our friends at MomsRising, each week we compile information you need to know – and what you can do to make a difference.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink
Habits of the Heart: Building a Life Beyond the Brink
Few Americans know the story of Sofya Kovalevsky, an 18th century Russian mathematician. And yet her experiences would resonate with what millions of American women face now, especially those women who live on the brink of poverty, and confront daily its toll on their families, work, health, education, and options.
I thought of Sofya often the other day, when I joined an event in Washington, DC, celebrating the release of The Shriver Report. Every speaker touched on themes that are as prevalent today as they were 150 years ago. As a nation, we do not support, foster, or promote the wisdom, the potential, the resources or the lives of the 42 million American women who live in poverty.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink
Are we There Yet? Thoughts on “The Shriver Report Live”
It was 1963 when I sat in my 7th grade civics class in Louisiana and learned that on August 18, 1920, only 31 years before I was born, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote. I was outraged! I raised my hand and blurted out, “What? Ridiculous! You’re kidding me!” Having a male teacher, I spent the rest of class-time writing lines, “I will not disrupt the class with my outbursts.”  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink
Watch “The Shriver Report LIVE”
On Wednesday, January 15th, The Atlantic presented “The Shriver Report LIVE.” Held in Washington, D.C., the full-day event brought the lastest Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink to life as thought leaders, activists and real women came together on stage to discuss important issues affecting women on the brink and the children who depend on them. You can watch the full event here.  → Read More
Time to Wake Up: Stop Blaming Poverty on the Poor
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a move that was unprecedented at the time and remains unmatched by succeeding administrations. He announced a War on Poverty, saying that its “chief weapons” would be “better schools, and better health, and better homes, and better training, and better job opportunities.”  → Read More
Marriage, Motherhood and Men
Fifty years ago, the pioneers of the War on Poverty saw no need to call for a strengthening of the American family as a critical component to combat- ing poverty. At the time, marriage—centered around motherhood and the man of the family—was still the prevailing norm for raising children and staving off poverty.  → Read More
Higher Education: Interrupting the Cycle of Poverty
Despite the months and years by which we chart our lives, the quiet reality is that our lives unfold in far-smaller increments—in moments. Along the way, there are moments that seem to stop time, leaving a lasting imprint.  → Read More
Cash Incentives: A Way to Reform the Safety Net?
Ever since the social safety net was first conceived as a response to the Great Depression, American policymakers have attempted to balance two goals: reducing poverty while at the same time limiting dependence on government benefits. Family Rewards offers cash incentives to poor families in order to reduce immediate hardship and poverty. The payments are conditional upon families meeting very specific benchmarks in very specific areas: children’s school performance, family preventive health care, and parents’ work and training.  → Read More
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