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A Season of Scarcity or Abundance?

November 28, 2014
Here are some insights into the expectations that can cause stress this time of year and a proven way of improving your perspective during the holiday season. Cross posted from Flourish Counseling.com .
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Shopping Advice from a Black Friday Worker

November 26, 2014
This piece was written by Kelly D., a mom who supports her family as a retail worker. I don't judge you if you shop on Thanksgiving. Some people rely on the "deals" and are able to rock the loss-leaders so that they are able to buy gifts for those they love that they wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. But .... *Don't assume that the retail associates you encounter volunteered to be there, or that they didn't have anywhere they would rather be. (The vast majority are there because they have to, either because they don't get paid holidays, or need the money desperately to afford their own...

The EITC and Child Tax Credit has rescued these families!

November 26, 2014
The EITC and Child Tax Credit has helped lift millions of families out of poverty each year. As these stories from moms show, this is a vital program. Unfortunately, it is also at risk.
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President Obama Acts to Right Wrongs That Affront Our Ideals

November 24, 2014
I was at a rally in front of the White House on Friday organized by Casa de Maryland in which we chanted "We've got your back!" As a mom and grandma, I believe it's really important to support the President's actions to give temporary legal status to parents of citizen or legal resident children. This action will keep parents and children together. I hope you'll join in showing your support by sending emails to the President and your Rep and Senators, by clicking here: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/125/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=1... We have to show how many people believe the...
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Will Louisville Be Next to Raise the Minimum Wage?

November 24, 2014
This post, authored by Councilwoman Scott , originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . A minimum wage increase will help families gain economic security, ensuring minimum wage is no longer a poverty wage . TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Linda lives at a local shelter with two children. She works full-time in the health care industry and earns $8 per hour, resulting in a yearly income of $16,640 before taxes. Even in the...
Alyssa Peterson's picture

One of the Most Important Civil and Human Rights Battles of Our Time

November 24, 2014
This post, authored by Jonathan Rapping, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . Mass incarceration and resulting criminal records undermine family economic security. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Criminal justice systems across the country have come to accept, and perpetuate, a shameful standard of justice for poor people. The basic humanity of the indigent accused is too often denied, and the democratic necessity of...
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Support Walmart Workers

November 24, 2014
Walmart. On one hand we have the Walton family—Walmart’s owners. With almost $150 billion in wealth, they are the richest family in the nation. On the other hand, we have Walmart workers, most of whom work for less than $25,000 a year. Most are women. And this Thanksgiving, more than 1 million of them have to go to work instead of spending the full day with their families.
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'Poor Gays'

November 21, 2014
This post, authored by Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! “Poor gays!” No, that’s not a statement of sympathy for a discriminated minority – but rather a subsection of that minority which gets little notice. The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality...
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Take a Selfie to Stand with Peggy Young!

November 20, 2014
Show your support for a brave mom, Peggy Young, who is taking her pregnancy discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court on December 3rd with this fun action! (Selfies involved).
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Showing Thanks for Family Caregivers This Month

November 20, 2014
It’s November – a month many associate with Thanksgiving, the day next week when families and friends across the country will come together to celebrate the things they’re grateful for. But November is also National Family Caregivers Month, and tens of millions of women and men in this country who care for ill or older adults and children with special health needs are struggling because our nation’s workplace policies fail to show them the appreciation they deserve. At least 43.5 million Americans serve as caregivers for adults over 50 in the United States, and most of them are women. Most...
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