On this date in 1964, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Trump's purpose is demagogic, to toss red meat to the most extreme reactionary sections of the Republican Party base while spreading the poison of xenophobic racism around.
Any family that can't pay for its basic expenses is a family living in poverty.
At its height in the 1950's, East Saint Louis had a population of 82,366. Only about one-third remain today.
Pope Francis I has been outspoken about the rights of workers to be valued and respected - including their rights to join unions - and against income inequality and poverty.
While Chris Christie campaigns for the presidency, the people of New Jersey continue to suffer the consequences of his disastrous policies.
Will thousands of kids be denied medical care, youth programs and adequate schools, or will corporate tax-dodgers be forced to pay their taxes?
The protests that followed last year's deadly Ferguson police shooting have revealed how local courts are gouging poor people on fines for minor offenses.
A broad coalition of housing rights and community organizations is launching a campaign to educate renters about their legal rights.
Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors' wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.