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Study says nearly half of Americans are living in or near poverty

Study says nearly half of Americans are living in or near poverty

Sep. 5 | Are things really that bad?   In a recent Minnesota Spokesman Recorder column discussing how the federal poverty rate is measured, I cited a 2013 study by the Oregon Center for Public Policy regarding the application of its Family Budget Calculator...

SNAP use grows at farmers markets

SNAP use grows at farmers markets

Aug. 22 |   More Minnesotans are using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other eligible products at local farmers markets. SNAP use at farmers markets has more than tripled in recent years,...

Too many Minnesotans are going to bed hungry

Too many Minnesotans are going to bed hungry

Aug. 7 | After witnessing the national media coverage of the Chicago Public Schools Teacher’s Strike of 2012, one distinct and disturbing image still haunts me. I clearly remember many parents asking, in fact begging City officials to keep the schools open...

Cutting food assistance is not just morally wrong — it’s bad economics

Cutting food assistance is not just morally wrong — it’s bad economics

Nov. 27 |   By William Spriggs Guest Commentator   The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (the value of all goods and services in the economy) figures show GDP per person is $53,211. That’s per person, not per family. Those figures also show we annually...

Nearly five million Black households hit by food stamp cuts

Nearly five million Black households hit by food stamp cuts

Nov. 20 | By Frederick H. Lowe Contributing Writer   Approximately 4.7 million African American households will see their monthly food stamp allotment dramatically reduced beginning this month. Bread for the World, a non-partisan, Christian citizens’...

Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance

Nov. 6 | By William E. Spriggs Guest commentator   The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced that the deficit for 2013 was $680 billion (which is about $200 billion less than projected back in February). It has been falling since 2009 at the fastest...

Forklift driver/cook says hard work — not  welfare — saves families

Forklift driver/cook says hard work — not welfare — saves families

Oct. 17 | “Black people,” says Anthony Zeigler, “have always been in a recession. We just deal with it.” When life got tough, you simply hitched up your britches and kept stepping. “When it gets harder to find work, well, you just have to look harder,...

Fiscal cliff most threatening for Blacks, other communities of color

Fiscal cliff most threatening for Blacks, other communities of color

Dec. 19 |   Effects would add more hurt to Great Recession’s impact    By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Low- and moderate-income people will immediately be adversely affected if the country plunges over “the fiscal cliff” at the beginning...

Over 25 percent of African  Americans struggle with hunger

Over 25 percent of African Americans struggle with hunger

Oct. 3 |   Data released in early September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that 25.1 percent of African American households were food insecure in 2011. Food insecure households are those that struggle to put food on the table and...