Articles tagged with poverty

deaton
Angus Deaton Joshua Cohen

Boston Review talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton about COVID-19, the relationship between culture, financial hardship, and health, and why capitalism’s flaws are proving fatal for America’s working class. 

St Louis COVID redlining
Walter Johnson Jason Q. Purnell Colin Gordon Jamala Rogers

Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at much higher rates than whites, and nowhere more so than in St. Louis. This is the result of racist policies which collapsed the social safety net while setting blacks in the path of danger.

Scott Stern Linda Taylor Welfare Queen
Scott W. Stern

Conservatives have long been sounding the alarm about “undeserving” people receiving public assistance. These fears have deep ties to racism and the policing of black women’s bodies.

Brazil solidarity economy 2
Paul R. Katz Leandro Ferreira

Despite President Bolsonaro's COVID-19 denialism, a small Brazilian city has one of the most ambitious responses in the world.

Mordecai Lyon COVID-19 rent strike
Mordecai Lyon

While the government and some banks have announced mortgage moratoriums, they have not insisted that rent relief be passed on to tenants. Many renters don’t know what they will do come April 1, let alone May 1.

Liz Theoharis Poor Peoples Campaign
Liz Theoharis

The Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran and cuts to SNAP benefits are two sides of the same war that the rich are waging against the global poor.

Walter Johnson American Bottom 3 copy 2
Walter Johnson

Designed as a bucolic working-class suburb of St. Louis, the nearly all-black town of Centreville now floods with raw sewage every time it rains.

kenya digital debt 2
Kevin P. Donovan Emma Park

Kenya's poor were among the first to benefit from digital lending apps; now they call it slavery.

Salonee Bhaman Pedro Regalado NY public housing
Salonee Bhaman Pedro A. Regalado

New York public housing is plagued with problems, but it possesses a democratic advantage that voucher systems lack: residents can hold the state accountable not only as tenants but as constituents.

Brandon Garrett Misdemeanor System
Brandon L. Garrett

The misdemeanor system is four times the size of the felony system. With so many gradations of minor crimes—many involving fines in a very informal process—prejudice and inequality shapes prosecution.