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Smiley and West's Poverty Tour: A call for unconditional brotherhood

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West brought the last stop of their "Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience" to Memphis, Tennessee. The location was chosen in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s support for sanitation workers and as the site of the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Smiley and West poverty tour draws criticism, support

Talk show host Tavis Smiley and academic activist Cornel West embarked last week on a poverty tour to highlight growing inequality in the U.S.

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The kids aren't all right, new report shows

The recession hasn't been good for anyone, but children have been especially hard hit  says a new report by the Children's Defense Fund.

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Budget must "respect, protect" women, coalition says

National Council of Womens' Organizations launched the Respect, Protect, Reject Campaign, and is calling on lawmakers to uphold Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and emphasize women's concerns in the talks.

Letter to Washington: Don't cut deficits on backs of poor

Negotiations on deficit reductions in the past 30 years have been guided by a bipartisan agreement that the spending cuts should not increase poverty.

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A system with no compassion: one woman's story

"I'm not asking for any handouts; I just want to stay alive," Susan said.

In Uganda and America, pleas to save mothers' lives

Hundreds demonstrated outside the Constitutional Court, asking it to declare that Ugandan mothers dying in childbirth represent a violation of the right to life.

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Big business greed "holds Illinois hostage"

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group made $951 million in profits on $3 billion in income in 2010. But that's not enough, they are threatening to move out of Illinois unless they get a tax break.

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At empty train depot, Detroiters demand jobs

DETROIT - They believe that if a negligent slumlord did what he was supposed to, the worst urban blight could be used to generate good jobs.

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Youth employment at historic low

"Having a job helps youth mature and teaches responsibility."

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