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SILINGA, Ghana – Economist Jeffrey Sachs unveiled his new Millennium Village Tuesday, in Silinga, north Ghana. The Millennium Villages Projectis based on the belief that poor villagers are stuck in a “poverty trap” and if given enough resources, they will become self-sufficient. Sachs’ critics say the demonstration is neither scientific nor sustainable.
Nabari village lies on [...]
Source:Gavin Mueller, In These Times
Chuck D of the rap group Public Enemy famously remarked that hip hop is “the black CNN.” While that wouldn’t come across as a compliment these days, it didn’t do justice to Public Enemy, whose scathing broadsides were closer to a Malcolm X speech than a sleepy [...]
There are approx 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population, occupying just 6% of the land. Kibera houses almost 1 Million of these people. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world.
Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Life isn’t easy [...]
In 1902, when V. I. Lenin wrote his treatise What Is To Be Done, he was in search of a committed political leadership cadre to implement his vision of communism. Similarly, W.E. B. DuBois in his 1903 essay “The Talented Tenth” published in The Negro Problem thought it necessary to have a top tier black American [...]
Source: New York Times
The news for young black men is not good: they are disproportionately singled out for discipline in school, they are more likely to be stopped and frisked by New York City police officers, and according to Michelle Alexander in her book, “The New Jim Crow,” nearly one-third of black men are likely [...]
We wonder had Chicago won the 2016 Olympic bid its Southside would have been transformed like what is occurring in Rio de Janeiro. Under Mayor Richard M. Daley the city of Chicago had previously removed substantial numbers of poor people from the city housing projects–Cabrini Green and Robert Taylor Homes– and tore them down. So [...]
Source: In These Times
John Marshall Metropolitan High School, located in Chicago’s mostly black East Garfield Park neighborhood, underwent a highly touted transformation last year when it became one of Chicago’s “turnaround” schools. Started under former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the turnaround program picks [...]
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Source: In These Times
Newt Gingrich’s recent utterances about poor children–they “have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works”–reflect not only the inability of conservatives to talk seriously about poverty, but a [...]
“A Solvable Problem:
In America today, a gap in academic achievement separates kids in low-income communities from their higher-income peers. Only eight percent of students growing up in poverty graduate from college by age 24, compared to 80 percent of students in more affluent areas. This limits life options, affects families and communities, and has significant [...]
You can see similarly dramatic numbers for Latino populations in several metro areas. There are Depression-level jobless rates among Latinos in the Providence, R.I., area; the Hartford, Conn., area; Frenso, Calif.; and Las Vegas. As with African Americans, you have to get to the 35th metro area on EPI’s list [...]