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    MEGHAN Markle supported Prince Harry today as he prepared to deliver a keynote speech on global poverty. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived hand in hand at the United Nations headquarters in New York this morning, where Harry is due to mark Nelson Mandela Day. 3Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived at the UN headquarters in New York todayCredit: AP 3Harry gave his keynote speech to mark Nelson Mandela's legacyCredit: Reuters 3The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived hand in hand this morningCredit: Reuters According to South Africa’s UN mission, he will discuss "the memories and legacy of Mandela and what has been learned from his struggle and his life that can help up face the new challenges in the world today." He and Meghan will join president Abdulla Shahid, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, New York Mayor Eric Adams and Guinea´s Foreign Minister Morissanda Kouaté at the event. It falls on Mandela's birthday, which is recognised by the General Assembly as an international day to honour him. The Sussexes' appearance comes just days after...
    Prince Harry is expected to talk about Nelson Mandela's legacy as he appears at the UN General Assembly today. The Duke of Sussex is also understood to be preparing for to lecture delegates on climate change and poverty. The 37-year-old will be the keynote speaker at the United Nations event in New York City on Monday. South Africa´s UN Mission said Friday his remarks 'will be around the memories and legacy of Mandela and what has been learned from his struggle and his life that can help up face the new challenges in the world today.' The world still faces challenges that were there during Mandela´s life including racial intolerance, the divide between rich and poor, hunger and food insecurity, a mission diplomat said. The Duke of Sussex is also understood to be preparing for to lecture delegates on climate change and poverty Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, famously met with Mandela in Cape Town in March 1997, just five months before her tragic death President Nelson Mandela shares a moment with Prince Charles as they visited Brixton in South London on...
    A damaged Russian tank, somewhere on the front lines. All week, I’ve been skeptical of Ukraine’s casualty numbers. Other analysts are starting to arrive at the same conclusion.  x Will tweet more about this later, but think the media was snookered a bit by Ukrainian briefings about the situation, which were tailored to try and create greater impetus for NATO governments to send more weapons. They mignt have made it sound like the Russians were doing:…— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) June 17, 2022 You can find more of my arguments in my recent writings, but in short, casualty numbers have varied all over the place depending on who is talking. Several weeks ago, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy said 50-100 Ukrainian dead per week, then a week later someone else said it was 100-200, and then this week it was 200-300. Now this: x “We lost about 50%. This is about 1,300 infantry fighting vehicles, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems, "said Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Karpenko in an interview with National Defense.— ТРУХА⚡️English (@TpyxaNews) June 17, 2022 Meanwhile, on the ground, NASA...
    A demonstration organized by the ParentsTogether Foundation in support of the child tax credit portion of the Build Back Better bill outside the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 13, 2021.Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images A group of more than 40 racial justice organizations are calling on leaders in Congress to reinstate the enhanced child tax credit. In a letter sent to Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in May, organizations including Unidos, the NAACP, the Economic Security Project, National Urban League, Community Change Action and The Leadership Conference noted the consequences that ending the benefit has had on Americans with eligible children. "The impact of the end of monthly CTC payments has been particularly profound — and painful — for communities of color," the letter states. More from Invest in You:What new graduates need to know about money and jobsWhat Gen Z and millennials want from their employersEmployers boost mental wellness perks amid Great ResignationHow the child tax credit helped familiesThe child tax credit was enhanced as part of President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March 2021....
    "One million every 33 hours? Wow. I had no idea Biden's economy was that bad. Sounds like we made a huge mistake electing him," responded another critic. "Take away all the money from a billionaire and give to 1 million poor people, they would get $1 thousand dollars. Not quite the solution Paypal thought it was. Nice try pramilla. Not really," replied a detractor who did the math. Oxfam's solution to the problem they documented was to encourage nations across the world to add massive taxes on the wealthy. Jayapal was similarly lambasted and excoriated in 2021 when she claimed that America was fourth in poverty worldwide. Her critics pounced on the opportunity to point out the absurdity of such a claim. Here's more about global poverty: Global poverty is on the decline – here’s the proof www.youtube.com
    Advocates pushing to raise California's minimum wage to $18 an hour heralded a key development Thursday as they began submitting more than one million signatures to get the Living Wage Act on the November ballot, easily surpassing the roughly 623,000 required. "California Voters have been clear: people working full time should be able to afford life's basic needs," said anti-poverty activist Joe Sanberg, who filed the ballot initiative, in a statement. The state's current minimum wage for employers, $15 an hour, was implemented just this year, though the wage drops to $14 an hour for companies with fewer than 26 employees. Sanberg says the wage floor is clearly insufficient. "Californians simply cannot afford to support a family on the current minimum wage—which amounts to just $32,000 a year for someone working full-time," he said. "Raising the minimum wage in the Golden State is a moral imperative." If the Living Wage Act passes in November, it would increase the minimum wage incrementally, boosting it $1 per year until reaching $18 on January 1, 2025 for employers with 26 or more workers....
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday warned that eliminating abortion rights would damage the U.S. economy and 'set women back decades.' 'I believe that eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades,' she said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.  Yellen was asked about the draft Supreme Court opinion that indicated justices support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, and the effect such a decision would have on the economy.  'It enabled many women to finish school that increase their earning potential and allowed women to plan and balance their families and careers,' Yellen said of the case. 'And research also shows that it had a favorable impact on the well being and earnings of of children.' 'There are many research studies that have been done over the years looking at the economic impacts of access or lack thereof to abortion. And it makes clear that denying women access to abortion increases their odds...
    Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images About 7.7 million Americans count on monthly government checks through a program for low-income seniors or people with disabilities. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, as it's known, provided an average benefit of $569 per month as of November. One big change — updating the program's rules around income from work — could help improve those beneficiaries' standard of living, according to a report from the Urban Institute. The maximum SSI benefit in 2022 is $841 per month, up from $794 in 2021. Still, most SSI beneficiaries are within 150% of the federal poverty level, according to the Urban Institute. For a family of one, that's $1,147 per month in 2022. More from Personal Finance:Why experts say Social Security's retirement age could move higherStates put unemployment insurance on chopping blockHow to plan your visit as Social Security offices reopen In addition, many people who receive SSI benefits are unable to work. Only a small percentage of recipients of those government checks are employed at any given time, according to the research. And when they do work,...
    A protester holds a 'Save Us From The Energy Crisis' placard during a rally in London. British households face soaring energy bills from April 1 as the country's energy price cap rises by 54%.Vuk Valcic | Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images The number of English households in fuel poverty will double to 5 million from April 1, new research warned on Friday as Brits braced for their energy bills to increase by hundreds of pounds. The Resolution Foundation said that as a result of higher prices coming into force on Friday, 2.5 million households in England would be plunged into "fuel stress." Energy bills in Britain are set to surge from Friday, after Ofgem, the country's energy regulator, announced in February that it would increase its price cap by a record-breaking 54% from April 1. Ofgem's price cap limits how much households in the U.K. can be charged for energy utilities, and is reviewed twice a year.VIDEO3:2503:25Diversification of energy supply is 'absolutely critical,' says Cheniere EnergyCapital ConnectionBefore Friday, the price cap meant the average household's annual energy bill...
    A federal court has approved a landmark settlement barring the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with Southern California immigration judges from setting unreasonable bonds for detained immigrants by failing to consider their financial resources. The settlement, finalized Tuesday, March 29, in U.S. District Court, concludes a class-action suit filed in 2016 and litigated by the American Civil Liberties Union along with several private attorneys. “The settlement puts a stop to the government’s shameful practice of incarcerating immigrants without even considering their ability to pay a bond,” Michael Kaufman, the Sullivan and Cromwell Access to Justice senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, said Wednesday. “The Constitution forbids incarceration based on poverty, for citizens and noncitizens alike.” Prior to the settlement, the federal government was not required to consider ability to pay when setting bond for those facing deportation. As a result, scores of immigrants were incarcerated for months or years because they could not afford the bond, the ACLU said. Cesar Matias, a native of Honduras and plaintiff in the suit, fled to the United States to...
    Ukraine is facing a "freefall" into poverty that could leave 90% of the population living below the poverty line over the next year if the Russian invasion continues, the U.N.'s development agency said on Wednesday. In the United Nations Development Programme's worst case scenario for Ukraine, GDP in the country would contract by 60%, wiping out 18 years of socioeconomic development and leaving 90% of the population in poverty, after 12-18 months of war. "An alarming economic decline, and the suffering and hardship it will bring to an already traumatised population must now come into sharper focus," UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said in a statement released on Wednesday. "There is still time to halt this grim trajectory.” At least $100 billion worth of infrastructure, buildings, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, and other physical assets have been destroyed in the war, according to the UNDP. FOURTH RUSSIAN GENERAL KILLED IN UKRAINE, OFFICIAL SAYS The war has also shut down 50% of Ukrainian businesses and left the other half operating "well below capacity," according to the agency. “In order to...
    She lived the high life in Manhattan after swindling her victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But now ‘fake heiress’ Anna Sorokin claims she is finally broke. Russian-born Sorokin, who masqueraded as a wealthy German socialite, has been granted ‘poor person’s relief’ in filing her appeal against her conviction for grand larceny and theft, DailyMail.com can reveal. Sorokin, who is the subject of the new Netflix series Inventing Anna — which says it was inspired 'by the true story of a total fake' — was given help by a court to cover the costs of filing her appeal and other legal fees. The 31-year-old had formally requested ‘limited' relief, for which she would have to prove she had little or no money. Sorokin had been due to file the appeal by February 22nd but she has yet to do so. Anna Sorokin has applied for limited poor person's relief to get state aid to fund her appeal against her convictions for grand larceny and theft The Russian-born criminal was convicted of scamming New York banks and socialites out...
    As if killing the Child Tax Credit, blocking voting rights, gutting key climate legislation, and refusing living wages wasn’t enough, West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is now promoting legislation that further punishes the poor and marginalized. Along with Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, he’s introduced the PIPES Act, which undercuts key harm-reduction funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. It arrives with a media campaign launched by Fox News and other conservative outlets pushing bogus claims that the Biden administration is using government funds to buy “crack pipes,” tapping into a decades-long campaign to scapegoat vulnerable populations rather than address the root causes of the unconscionable conditions under which they live. This article was authored by Liz Theoharis. Paired with Manchin’s moralizing and obstruction when it comes to President Biden’s Build Back Better Bill because he “cannot accept our economy, or basically our society, moving towards an entitlement mentality,” his new legislation is more evidence that he privileges rich donors over actual constituents in West Virginia and is truly willing to punish the poor. He’s claimed that...
    'Squad' member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Sen. Joe Manchin in a Thursday evening tweet, accusing the Democrat of blowing up his party's huge spending plans and condemning millions of children to poverty based on rumors that parents would spend tax credits on drugs. She leveled her accusation after new data showed the monthly child poverty rate skyrocketed at the start of the year after President Biden's expanded child tax benefits ended.  'One US Senator "heard stories" about people allegedly using the Child Tax Credit "for drugs" without any evidence or data to back it up,' tweeted Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.  'He then used that as justification to nuke the entire national program, causing millions of kids to fall into poverty in weeks. Horrifying.' She did not name Manchin. She did not need to.   The conservative Democrat made clear he could not support child tax credits as part of the $2 trillion Build Back Better proposal, unless it included a work requirement for parents. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a thinly veiled attack on conservative Democrat Joe Manchin, describing how a senator blew up the party's social welfare...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan awarded Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates its second highest civilian honor on Thursday, in recognition of his work to alleviate poverty and diseases like polio and tuberculosis. On a daylong visit to the capital, Islamabad, Gates was given the prestigious Hilal-e-Pakistan award by President Arif Alvi in a televised ceremony, after he met with Prime Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, Gates visited the National Command Operations Center (NCOC), the body overseeing Pakistan’s coronavirus response since the pandemic began, where he was given a detailed briefing about Pakistan’s vaccination drive. The NCOC said in a statement that Gates recognized Pakistan’s success against COVID-19 despite its limited resources, as fatalities from the coronavirus continue a steady decline in the country. Pakistan has registered some 3,000 COVID-19 cases and 40 fatalities over the past 24 hours, compared to nearly 8,000 daily cases and about 50 deaths just weeks ago. Since the pandemic began, Pakistan has registered 1,494,293 cases, including 29,917 deaths. Gates is no stranger to Pakistan, where his nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has helped...
    A Chicago pastor is sleeping in a tent on a roof this winter to raise awareness of violence and poverty in the Windy City. Corey Brooks, the pastor and CEO of the nonprofit organization Project H.O.O.D., has spent 58 nights so far atop a shipping container outside of his church. "It's important because we are stopping violence, we're ending poverty," Brooks said of his endeavor, which so far has raised $2 million, during an interview Monday on Fox and Friends. AT LEAST 74 CHICAGOANS INJURED AND 14 KILLED IN SHOOTINGS OVER JULY 4 WEEKEND As part of his goal to draw more attention to rampant violence in the city by sleeping on the roof, Brooks hopes to raise enough money to build a community center to serve as a place for Project H.O.O.D. to mentor the city's youth. Project H.O.O.D. aims to "provide mentorship, training, and community" for residents of the Woodlawn and Englewood areas, according to the website. "We made up in our mind we are not going to wait on government or...
    Joe Biden has nominated three people to the board of the Federal Reserve in what would usher in the most diverse group in the Fed's history - and the most woke. The president is intent on nominating a white woman, Sarah Bloom Raskin; a black woman, Lisa Cook; and a black man, Philip Jefferson.  If they are confirmed to their posts, the seven-person Fed board would have four women, one black man and two white men - the most diverse team in the Fed's 108 years of existence.  All three have proven liberal credentials. Bloom Raskin, 60, is married to Congressman Jamie Raskin - a Democrat representing Maryland in the House. Sarah Bloom Raskin, 60, is in line to be appointed as vice chair of supervision of the Fed - policing the nation's biggest banks. She has been a vocal advocate for more regulation to combat climate change Bloom Raskin is seen with her husband Jamie Raskin, a Democrat congressman for Maryland She spent four years as a Fed governor before being tapped as a deputy Treasury secretary from 2014 to...
    When Republican senators appear on Fox News or Fox Business and rail against the Build Back Better Act — including the child tax credit — they can usually expect the host to agree with their talking points. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, however, got a surprise during a December 26 appearance on “Fox News Sunday” (formerly hosted by Chris Wallace) when guest host Mike Emanuel demonstrated that the child tax credit reduces poverty. Blunt told Emanuel, “We doubled the child tax credit just a handful of years ago, and we need to look at that if that is no longer meeting the need of moving kids out of poverty. But families that make $150,000, for instance, aren’t in poverty in Missouri. I don’t think they’re in poverty almost anywhere in the United States.” But Emanuel had plenty of data in support of the child tax credit, telling Blunt, “According to the Urban Institute, continuing the benefit could have a significant impact on child poverty, reducing child poverty to about 8.4 percent from 14.2%, a fall of roughly 40%. Is that...
    RICHARD Williams walked out on his family to become a millionaire, leaving them in poverty, his daughter has said. Sabrina Williams - the half sister of Serena and Venus - has slammed the new Hollywood biopic 'King Richard' saying he was "only a king in his head". 9Richard Williams left his first family and focused on making Serena and Venus championsCredit: Getty 9Her half sister Sabrina Williams has slammed the film, calling it 'a comedy'Credit: These photos are the www.thisischriswhite.com and cannot be reprinted unless authorised to 9Sabrina said Williams is only 'king in his head'Credit: Getty Richard, 79, married Sabrina's late mom Betty Johnson in Los Angeles in the early sixties and they had four other children - Richard III, 56, Ronner, 55, Reluss, 54, and 49-year-old Reneeka. He dumped his wife and five kids, allegedly walking out of the door to buy her a bike - and never returning - then went onto marry Serena and Venus's mother Oracene In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Sabrina said of the new film, which stars Will Smith as...
    (CNN)Each day Stephanie Land got down on her hands and knees to scrub a toilet, she was buoyed by love for her child -- and a dream that one day she would be a writer. Land had escaped an abusive relationship and lacked support from her family. At one point she was on seven different forms of government assistance. A single mom without child care from 2008 to 2016, cleaning houses was the only job available to her.Her struggle became her muse, and her memoir "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother's Will to Survive" debuted on The New York Times bestseller list in 2019. It's now the basis for the series "Maid," premiering Friday on Netflix. "Maid" author Stephanie Land's book has been turned into a Netflix series.She spoke with CNN about her work to spotlight the everyday experiences of millions living in poverty, including cycles of abuse and trauma, the inhumanity of welfare requirements, and the dignity of all work.This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.Read MoreCNN: What was it like seeing a version...
    While the novel coronavirus has undoubtedly impacted everyone’s life in one way or another, it’s fair to say that people who were already vulnerable or lived with marginalized identities have likely faced additional barriers or obstacles while trying to survive amid the pandemic. A virus can harm anyone, sure, but folks with more financial privileges, for example, are likely to have a better shot at accessing good care—as well as the ability to pay for it—as opposed to someone who is under- or entirely uninsured.  This scenario is part of the reason census data can be so important in understanding how COVID-19 has affected communities in the United States. U.S. census data is not perfect, of course, but it’s a starting point. The census has also recently changed some of its self-reporting categories to be more inclusive and representative of LGBTQ+ folks; it used to ask only about same-sex relationship status, and now includes options for sexual orientation as well as gender identity. That’s great, but sadly, much of what the latest data reflects is that LGBTQ+ folks are really, really hurting,...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of “universal poverty” that could become a reality in the middle of next year unless urgent efforts are made to bolster local communities and their economies, the United Nations development agency said in a report launched Thursday. It said the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has put 20 years of steady economic gains at risk. The U.N. Development Program outlined four scenarios for Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover that project the country’s GDP will decline between 3.6% and 13.2% in the next fiscal year starting in June 2022, depending on the intensity of the crisis and how much the world engages with the Taliban. That is in sharp contrast to the expected 4% growth in GDP before the Taliban assumed power for a second time on Aug. 15. “Afghanistan pretty much faces universal poverty by the middle of next year,” Kanni Wignaraja, UNDP’s Asia-Pacific director, told a news conference launching its 28-page assessment. “That’s where we’re heading — it’s 97-98% (poverty rate) no matter how you work these projections.” Currently,...
                        Democrats in the Pennsylvania General Assembly hope to increase monthly welfare benefits in Pennsylvania, reasoning that payments under the federally funded Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program have stayed flat since the 1990s, falling well behind inflation.  Legislation being drafted by State Sen. Katie Muth (D-PA-Royersford) and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-PA-Philadelphia) would increase Pennsylvania’s TANF benefits, which average $403 per month for a family of three in most counties. That amount covered 43 percent of the federal poverty level in 1990 and only covered 22 percent of the federal poverty level last year, according to a memorandum Muth sent to Senate colleagues seeking cosponsors. She and Kenyatta would hike the benefits to cover over half of the federal poverty level. Muth and Kenyatta’s effort — a long shot in the GOP-led legislature — comes in the wake of a joint report from the Black Women’s Policy Agenda, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, and Just Harvest arguing that TANF is leaving many poor...
    Nine years after an attempted terrorist mass murderer used the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate map" to target the Christian non-profit Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C., the SPLC continues to list FRC on its "hate map." "Nothing speaks to the SPLC's inhumanity as much as its behavior after the shooting at FRC. Rather than remove the map used by a terrorist to attempt to kill dozens of people, the SPLC doubled down and even expanded its list to include other non-violent conservative, Christian and parent organizations who opposed the SPLC’s political agenda," Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president at FRC, told Fox News.  Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 marks the ninth anniversary of the attempted shooting, and FRC remains on the "hate map." Former staffers have claimed that the SPLC uses the "hate group" label to exaggerate hate in a fundraising scheme. Critics say the SPLC brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations "hate groups," placing them on a list with truly hateful organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. A former SPLC spokesman even said, "Our aim in...
    A surge in COVID-19-inspired initiatives will reduce Americans in poverty by a whopping 20 million people. Why didn’t this happen sooner? The myth of “the welfare queen” that flourished under Ronald Reagan, powered 40 years of Republican election victories and guided government policy as America largely dismantled its social safety net, is finally dead. Or at least on life support. Instead, the nation is finally learning that the real beneficiaries of government aid are women like New Hampshire’s Christina Darling, who is spending her monthly checks for $550 a month in the new expanded Child Tax Credit program on things like buying more fresh produce for her two kids. Her new monetary lifeline isn’t leading to fur coats or a Cadillac — the stuff of GOP campaign trail fantasy for decades — but it is helping make payments on the modest car that the 31-year-old bought to take the children safely to day care. Darling told the Associated Press she might even occasionally hire a babysitter — to get more involved in civic life and run for her city’s council....
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will deliver remarks Thursday touting the expanded child tax credit, a provision of his administration's Covid-19 relief package aimed at reducing child poverty.Biden "will explain in clear language how the child tax credit works," according to a White House official. "For every child under age 6, families will get $3,600, and for every child 6 to 17, families get $3,000."First child tax credit payments have been sent. Heres what you need to know"The President will provide an overview of how some families may use this money, from basics like food and housing to new school supplies or after-school activities," the official told CNN in an exclusive preview Wednesday evening.Starting Thursday, the White House says, American families should expect to see payments on the 15th of every month -- providing them with extra funds -- through the end of 2021, with an accompanying tax break when they file their returns next year. The vast majority of families -- roughly 39 million households, covering 88% of children -- will get the credit automatically because they filed 2019 or 2020...
    VIDEO11:5411:54Back to business with Esther DufloAt Work The pandemic has forced society to confront how health and economic fragility are correlated, and there is hope that having some hard conversations about social and income inequality will become easier. But if the recent debate in the U.S. over jobless benefits and the labor market are any indication, it's still not clear that a long-term shift is more likely underway than a reversion to old partisan talking points. For Esther Duflo, a French-American economist and MIT professor who is the youngest person to receive a Nobel Prize in economic sciences — and only the second woman to receive the award — understanding the lives of the poor and how to design antipoverty measures has been a professional mission long before the pandemic. On the road to economic recovery, Duflo tells CNBC that gender inequality, unequal access to child care, return to in-person work mandates and vaccine access are among the many pressing issues surrounding return to work in the United States and the global economic recovery. But when it comes to the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet answered some questions about the newly-expanded Child Tax Credit. Bennet was behind the legislation which is part of the American Rescue Plan Ace. He says 90% of Colorado children will benefit. READ MORE: Ronald Troyke, Arvada Police Shooting Suspect, Ambushed Officer Gordon Beesley (credit: CBS) Single parents with incomes of up to $75,500 and married couples with incomes of up to $150,000 will receive a $3,600 tax credit per child for children under age 6 and a $3,000 tax credit for children 6 to 18 years old. The money will be paid out monthly and is expected to lift 57,000 kids in Colorado out of poverty and cut the national child poverty rate by nearly 50%. READ MORE: FBI Searches Platte River In Connection With Littleton Bowling Alley Triple Murder From 2002 “This means direct monthly help to cover groceries, for a college fund, maybe even a summer camp, and we want to make sure everyone eligible for the monthly benefits receives them,” said Bennet. Critics say the money will disincentive work. MORE...
    SUPPORT is growing in congress for President Biden to send out a fourth, and even fifth stimulus check. Seven members of the House Ways and Means Committee have now sent Biden a letter indicating that they have joined the ranks of congress members who now support implementing two additional stimulus checks. 3Seven members of a powerful congressional committee support a fourth stimulus checkCredit: Getty "Direct payments and enhanced UI are among the most effective forms of relief available," the letter reads. "Not only do they help keep families and workers out of poverty, they act as economic stimulus by increasing spending and supporting jobs." The letter also points to data showing the effect stimulus checks can have on keeping American families out of poverty. "A fourth and fifth check could keep an additional 12 million out of poverty. Combined with the effects of the ARP, direct payments could reduce the number in poverty in 2021 from 44 million to 16 million." It follows yet another letter penned by 21 Democratic senators and sent to Biden on March 30 to push...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- A high school senior from Pearland, TX, is proving that youre never too young to make a difference.Princess Jackson first started her non-profit, Sock Out Poverty, when she was just ten years old. Now, eight years later, she has traveled the country, visiting dozens of homeless shelters and giving away over 15,000 pairs of socks.She was first inspired to start her non-profit after volunteering with her mom at Loaves & Fishes, a soup kitchen in downtown Houston. Socks are the most often overlooked but most needed personal item.I see the homeless with blankets, cardboard and shoes with holes in them, but they didnt have socks to keep them warm, said Princess. I really wanted to give back to my community by giving out socks.Over the past few years, Sock Out Poverty has received major donations from Wal-Mart, Sams Club and the Floyd Mayweather Foundation.To learn more about Princess' mission, visit sockoutpoverty.org.
    A student at one of London's most expensive private universities roughs it up with a skint family-of-four and their pet pig in tonight's Rich Kids Go Skint.  James Mooney, 19, originally from Ohio, reveals his great-great grandfather, who shared the same name, was one of the wealthiest man in Cincinnati in the 1900s.  Now, his businessman father and psychotherapist mother fund his lavish lifestyle in London, covering his £14,000-a-year living expenses.   On the 5Star show airing tonight at 9pm, James, who can spend up to £200 on food for himself a week, goes to stay with community nurse Sherry Whibley, her husband Stuart and their two daughters, Sharlie, 19 and Skye, nine, in Gillingham, Kent.  Sherry, who wearns £2,000 a month, is the sole breadwinner after Stuart was left unable to work after a work accident four years ago, forcing them to sell the family home and move to rented accomodation.   The Whibleys, who admit people think they are 'bonkers,' have a pet pig named Sam, who sleeps in the living room with James during his stay - a far cry...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's ambitious plan to send families with kids thousands more dollars starting in July could slash child poverty in half -- but only if the federal government can successfully deliver the money to all eligible households. While the vast majority of eligible families will receive the monthly payments automatically, very low-income households who fall below the income threshold that requires people to file federal taxes will likely have to submit some information to the Internal Revenue Service so the agency knows where to deliver the money. More on Covid-19 relief Biden administration unable to continue $300 weekly pandemic unemployment benefits GOP governors ending First enhanced child tax credit payments to go out July 15 FEMA Covid funeral assistance program up and running after rocky start More than 3 million children live in households that could be at risk of missing out, according to separate estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Propel, a private company that runs an app called Fresh EBT used by one in four recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional...
    On this week’s episode of The Brief, Markos Moulitsas and guest host Cara Zelaya were joined by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, an icon in faith-centered social activism and civil rights. Moulitsas and Zelaya kicked off the hour by discussing the historical role of faith in the civil rights movement and by sharing that they both happen to be atheists but have been moved by the spiritual aspect of the sort of activism Barber practices. Barber described the role religion has too often played over the course of American history vs. the role it should play: “Religion [as] the chaplain of the state as opposed to a critic of the state.” Barber went on to explain how “there is no separation between spirituality and activism; to be spiritual is to be active” and pointed out how progressive, inclusive values are actually deeply rooted in the text of the Bible: There are over 2,000 scriptures that speak to how people of faith are supposed to care for the poor, for the least of these, women, children, the immigrant … If you went through...
    NEW YORK -- From "Crazy Rich Asians" to the model minority myth, there is a stereotype that all Asian Americans are doing just fine financially.But Asian Americans have some of the highest poverty rates in all of New York, where nearly one in four Asian Americans lives below the poverty line.That model minority myth diverts critical funding away from these communities, forcing some like Sang Ki Chun to take drastic measures just to survive.VIDEO: Watch the trailer for 'Our America: Asian Voices' EMBED More News Videos Our America: Asian Voices tell the stories of Asian and Pacific Islander groups in America, exploring how they built communities and what it means to be Asian and Pacific Islander in America. Every morning, he rides the bus from New York City to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It's a two-hour ride each way, and he's one of a countless number of Asian American seniors who make the trip daily.They don't do it to gamble -- they do it because when they get off the bus, the casino gives them a $45 credit....
    Bridgestone, Renault, Air France, Bosch, PSA … the list of social plans and cutbacks in the workforce has continued to grow since the start of the health crisis a year ago. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been destroyed and while the rise in unemployment has been relatively limited so far, many economists are banking on a surge in the number of job seekers in the months to come as aid will decline. In this gloomy context, an INSEE study unveiled this Wednesday, March 31, indicates that job loss is an event that has the greatest repercussions on the financial balance of a household. Thus, between 2011 and 2015, 11% of people who had lost a job fell below the poverty line set at 60% of the median income in France, or around 1,015 euros per month. With this extended health and economic crisis, this situation risks spreading like wildfire throughout France. Indeed, if automatic stabilizers and social protection mechanisms help cushion the shock, certain reforms such as unemployment insurance and the lack of short-term prospects in the labor...
    Joe Biden on Wednesday detailed his plan for the biggest tax hike in 15 years - relying on his notes to make sure he announced the correct figures. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos, Biden was unabashed about his tax cheat sheet, which he brought out from his pocket when their conversation turned to tax. 'I brought this with me because I often get asked and I don't want to misquote it,' said the 78-year-old. Joe Biden in Wednesday's interview brandished his notes on which he had his tax policy Biden said that his plan would see those earning more than $400,000 a year pay more tax Biden said that people earning more than $400,000 a year would see their taxes rise. He also intends to raise corporation tax, although it would remain below the level in place when Donald Trump took over. Trump reduced the rate from 35 per cent to 21: Biden hopes to raise it to 28 per cent, which he said would add $800 billion to the treasury. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The new child tax credit in the latest coronavirus economic relief plan will provide extra money to many American families. Experts believe it could potentially have a profound effect on poverty in this country. Individuals making up to $75,000 and couples earning $150,000 or less will receive $3,600 per child under the age of 6 and up to $3,000 for children ages 6 to 17. An increase from the previous $2,000. READ MORE: South Florida Organization Rescues 5 Dogs From Meat Market In China Isabel Sierra and her husband have four children and have struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic. She said it has been “very hard.” She previously didn’t make enough to receive a child tax credit but will under this legislation. The new benefit does not require parents have a job or earn a minimum income. Elaine Maag with the Urban Institute said, “It’s the biggest single action toward reducing poverty that’s been taken in a long time.” Maag is among the experts who believe the new money could help lift at least...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The new child tax credit in the latest coronavirus economic relief plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden will provide extra money to many American families. Experts believe it could potentially have a profound effect on poverty in this country. Individuals making up to $75,000 and couples earning $150,000 or less will receive $3,600 per child under the age of 6 and up to $3,000 for children ages 6 to 17. An increase from the previous $2,000. READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 5,065 Additional Cases, 96 Deaths Reported On Thursday Isabel Sierra and her husband have four children and have struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic. She says it has been “very hard.” She previously didn’t make enough to receive a child tax credit but will under this legislation. The new benefit does not require parents to have a job or earn a minimum income. “It’s the biggest single action toward reducing poverty that’s been taken in a long time,” said Elaine Maag with the Urban Institute. ...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Included in President Joe Biden’s massive COVID-19 relief package is a historic step experts say will reduce child poverty. Karla Velasquez with Bronxworks helps thousands of the city’s poorest file for taxes every year. It’s why she’s so invested in the major transformation of the country’s Child Tax Credit, hoping it will be a game changer for low-income families. “It gets to be a big number. It can be as equal as what a person makes for the year,” Velasquez told CBS2’s Christina Fan on Wednesday. READ MORE: House Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package, Sending Bill To Biden Families have been receiving a tax credit of $2,000 a year per child. The American Rescue Plan bumps that amount up to $3,600. Jason Cone, with the nonprofit Robin Hood, believes the move will lift 4.5 million kids out of poverty nationwide, including more than 22,000 in New York state. “It’s probably the single biggest poverty alleviation effort in the history of the country, to be honest,” Cone said. The overhaul corrects a key flaw in the old...
    MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle pressed House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries for saying “Mission: accomplished” with regard to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan, when there are still millions unemployed, living in poverty, and food-insecure. On Wednesday morning’s edition of MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle, the host took exception with remarks that Rep. Jeffries made duding a press conference about the Covid relief bill, in which he ticked through the benefits of the plan — funding vaccinations for “every American,” cash for “struggling” Americans, safely reopening schools, spurring job growth by “supercharging” the economy, and helping small businesses —  and declared “Mission accomplished” for each of them. “Yesterday I heard you say it over and over: Mission accomplished,” Ruhle said, “Mission accomplished getting this bill through, but let’s be honest, with all due respect, $1400.00 is important, but it’s not going to deliver someone from long-term from poverty. Food assistance is not a substitute for a long-term good paying job. And we’ve still got 250 million Americans that haven’t gotten the vaccine.” “How can we say mission accomplished...
    By Laura Sanicola (Reuters) - Earlier this month, Loren Hughes, a longtime resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands, noticed specks of an oily substance covering his home, as well as those owned by his neighbors. For Hughes, 46, it brought back memories of the last time St. Croix's long-idled refinery was operating, roughly a decade earlier. The refinery restarted last month, bringing back hundreds of jobs - but for nearby residents, they say it also brought difficulty breathing, headaches and watery eyes. "Sometimes it's like sulfur or rotten eggs. The other smells are unexplainable," Hughes said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the refinery's owners, Limetree Bay Ventures, to increase its monitoring of air quality due to emissions affecting the nearby neighborhoods, but the owners have so far balked. St. Croix is a long way from the U.S. mainland. But the battle over the refinery's pollution on this Caribbean island and tourist resort is one of the first tests of how the Biden administration will prioritize environmental justice. As the United States has become the world's largest fossil fuel producer,...
    SUZHOU, China, March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In 2016, China officially pledged that by the end of 2020, it would raise its remaining 832 counties out of extreme poverty – a target reached last November. Last Thursday, China’s President Xi Jinping hailed the achievement as a “complete victory” at a ceremony in Beijing to honour key project participants. Dr Alessandra Cappelletti (left), of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, was a researcher for the Poverty Alleviation Programme Xinjiang in 2011/2012. (PRNewsfoto/Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) Dr Alessandra Cappelletti, Associate Professor at the Department of International Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, says there are a few reasons why this project was so successful, and believes there are a number of lessons other countries can learn. Lesson 1: Make it a priority One of the keys to success for China’s plan was the strong political will, says Dr Cappelletti. “The government mobilised the whole machine, from the bureaucratic point of view,” she says. Things were on track to reach the deadline, but early this year, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a worldwide economic slowdown. Rather than putting the...
    SHANGAHI, China, Feb. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pinduoduo Inc. (“Pinduoduo”, or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PDD), China’s largest agricultural platform, was recognized for its efforts in alleviating rural poverty. Pinduoduo was one of three technology companies commended for their contributions to China’s poverty alleviation efforts, according to a central government release. A total of 1,981 individuals and 1,501 organizations, institutions and companies were honored. “The commendation is both an affirmation and timely reminder of Pinduoduo’s social responsibility to help better the lives of the communities in which we operate in,” said Chen Lei, Chief Executive Officer of Pinduoduo. “We will always dedicate ourselves to do the right things, to create value for society, and to make this world a better and happier place.” Pinduoduo has focused on agriculture since its establishment in 2015, bringing a systems approach to addressing the inter-related issues of how to grow, move and sell food. The company’s initiatives include improving downstream market access for farmers and training younger talent, revamping midstream logistics infrastructure to reduce waste, lower costs and speed up the delivery of agricultural...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. Each Friday, we bring you an article from our archive to propel you into the weekend. Fifteen years ago, almost to the day, the White House released a report titled “The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned.” Frances Fragos Townsend, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, wrote in a letter to President George W. Bush a tale playing out again today in Texas. It was a disaster that could, if studied, be prevented from happening again. Yes, Katrina was “a deadly reminder that we can and must do better,” Townsend wrote. But he was confident: “We will.” We have not. And we never did. As James Ridgeway (who recently passed away) and Jean Casella documented in a timeline of events published for this magazine in 2007, the lessons of Katrina fell short. What is occurring in Texas now, what has been occurring in California, what is still every day visible in...
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