Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

Projection: 90,000 Unaccompanied Children will hit the US Border by Year End

Familes and Children Held In U.S. Customs and Border Protection Processing Facility

The number is astounding, and begs the question, “why kids?” In a recent interview with the National Journal, Leslie Velez, senior protection officer at the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, explains why tens of thousands of children are fleeing El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—some of the most dangerous places in this hempisphere. On Capitol Hill, […]

My Brother’s Keeper: The Task Force Report


Have you been following the progress made on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative? “There are some Americans who, in the aggregate, are consistently doing worse in our society — groups that have had the odds stacked against them in unique ways that require unique solutions; groups who’ve seen fewer opportunities that have spanned generations. And […]

200 Kidnapped Children: A Cause for Us All

Bring Back Our Girls

Is #BringBackOurGirls losing momentum? While #BringBackOurGirls began as a way to show support for the girls abducted from their school, their families and the many working behind the scenes to bring them home, it became a way for millions to make their voice heard. As day 48 comes to an end, our girls are still […]

Fair Minimum Wage Act


What do you think is a fair minimum wage? As the President noted in his State of the Union Address, there is a push on Capitol Hill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn’t been increased since 2009. The Fair Minimum Wage Act, backed by Representative […]

As Labor Day Approaches

Building the Empire State Building

What are your plans for Labor Day? Typically Labor Day is a time when Americas across our great states gather with family, friends and loved ones to share food, laughter and love. It is a great occasion and we wish you peace and a day of rest. Rest is particularly fitting on this day, as […]

Message from Anita Estell: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (MOW)

50th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Justice

The struggle for good paying jobs, quality education, housing and equality are fleeting notions for millions of Americans. Fifty years after the March on Washington (MOW) I find myself sobered by the level of despair and deprivation confronting so may people in the US.  I know folks who did all of the right things: went […]

By 2050: 20% of the US Population will be Age 65 or Older


Did you know that the long term services and support that this population needs is primarily paid through Medicare and Medicaid? Yes, this is true according to a recent report released by the Congressional Budget Office. In the report, Rising Demand for Long-Tern Services and Supports for Elderly People, the CBO describes a population of […]

Message from Anita Estell: The Children Shall Lead Them

Malala Yousafzai

The Trayvon Martin tragedy has the nation, the pundits and the activists slapping each other around over the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman.  In witnessing the discourse, I recognize something terrible has happened in the United States.  The importance of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution now trumps the First Commandment of the […]

Addressing Poverty In America

Poverty In America

Did you know that poverty has been growing faster in the suburbs than in urban and rural areas? The Brookings Institution recently released a new book, Confronting Suburban Poverty, chronicling the increase in poverty beyond the urban core, an issue which has gone largely unnoticed by policymakers. The book reveals that poverty has been growing […]

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