23% of U.S. Children Live in Poverty

BY MARTIN HART-LANDSBERG from Pacific Standard If the well-being of our children is an indicator of the health of our society we definitely should be concerned. Almost one-fourth of all children in the United States live in poverty. The Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes an annual data book on the status of American children. Here…

These seven charts explain how Ferguson—and many other US cities—wring revenue from the poor

by Gwynn Guilford from Quartz In its violent crackdowns on demonstrations since a white police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in early August, Ferguson police revealed a fresh proclivity for abusing its citizens. However, the city’s finances suggest the St. Louis suburb’s criminal justice system has been stealthily exploiting residents—particularly those who are black or poor—for years. Ferguson’s economy steadily withered over…