Koch tackles poverty by coaching nonprofits on business

U.S. 06/05/19, 00:12

If a billionaire's approach to philanthropy is a reflection of himself, Charles Koch's latest initiative tackling poverty embodies both the wealthy industrialist's business acumen and his distaste for big government.The 3-year-old Stand Together Foundation has lately taken center stage in ...

Oregon OKs largest expansion of federal free lunch program

U.S. 05/16/19, 17:14

Oregon is spending $40 million to dramatically expand its federal free breakfast and lunch program, ensuring that more than 60 percent of its 400,000 public school students will be included, the largest statewide effort in the country.The program is based ...

Florida governor signs bill for new private school vouchers

U.S. 05/09/19, 15:35

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law a bill creating a new voucher program for thousands of low- and middle-income students to attend private and religious schools using taxpayer dollars traditionally spent on public schools.The $130 million ...

John Singleton’s work influenced generation, urban style

U.S. 04/30/19, 14:37

NNJohn Singleton brought issues of urban poverty and gang violence gripping South Central Los Angeles in the early 1990s to mainstream audiences with his classic "Boyz n the Hood."FILE - This July 20, 2005 file photo shows John Singleton, left, ...

Global migrants’ journey stalls in southern Mexico

World 04/28/19, 12:51

Thousands fleeing conflict or poverty in Nigeria, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Haiti and Cuba have traveled across oceans, through the jungles and mountains of South America, up through Central America, on a route that — so far — ends here: the steamy, ...

Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists

Africa 04/21/19, 11:18

Thousands of demonstrators in Morocco are condemning prison sentences given to the leader of the Hirak Rif anti-poverty movement and dozens of other activists.The demonstration brought one of the main avenues of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to a standstill on ...

Billionaire gives $100 million to fund Connecticut education

U.S. 04/05/19, 11:05

One of the world's wealthiest couples announced Friday they are donating $100 million to support public education and new businesses in some of Connecticut's most disadvantaged communities.The contribution from hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio and his wife, Barbara, is believed ...

UN task force: Global finance overhaul key to end poverty

Enviroment 04/04/19, 17:27

A U.N. task force comprising more than 60 international organizations called Thursday for an overhaul of national and international financial systems, warning that current arrangements can't tackle climate change, poverty, inequality and other urgent development issues.The task force — including ...

Poor People’s Campaign to launch bus tour in South Carolina

U.S. 03/22/19, 09:03

The Poor People's Campaign is launching a national bus tour of poverty-stricken areas to bring attention to what they call the "real crises" or "interlocking injustices" afflicting the country including systematic racism, poverty, voter suppression and ecological devastation."The war on ...

Italian populists launch welfare program for poor, jobless

Europe 03/06/19, 06:31

Italy's populist government has launched its new minimum income welfare program, fulfilling a key campaign promise of the 5-Star Movement to help reduce poverty and spur employment in the eurozone's third-largest economy.The so-called "citizen's income" is essentially a new system ...

In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

Africa 02/15/19, 04:05

On the eve of Nigeria's election on Saturday, the spectacle of campaign expenditure is at odds with the rampant poverty afflicting many.The lack of campaigning in impoverished areas contrasts with the election-time bustle of downtown Abuja, where the capital's streets ...

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