The Occupy movement has been a learning experience for everyone, including Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and Beliefnet.com blogger.He gives his take on religious congregations' reaction to Occupy Wall Street.
Americans are taught early on that “all men are created equal.” But people taking part in Occupy Wall Street would argue that’s no longer the case.The protesters are angry about the enormous gap between the rich and poor and frustrated by rising unemployment, foreclosures and corporate bonuses.Briti
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poorest poor have climbed to a record high — 1 in 15 people — spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income.New census data paint a stark portrait o
When people lose their jobs—and their homes—things like food and vet care for their animals start to look less like priorities.At the Animal Welfare League in suburban Chicago Ridge, behind doors plastered with posters asking for donations of dog food, are hundreds of panicked, barking dogs.
A new study by the Greater Chicago Food Depository says one in five Chicagoans are “food insecure.”The agency looked at data from 77 city neighborhoods and 119 Cook County suburbs over the past decade.
President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty close to 50 years ago--news this week revealed that the fight is far from over. The U.S. Census Bureau released new and sobering numbers Tuesday: Nearly one in six Americans lived in poverty in 2010.