I fear that the national debate is being too narrowly framed; that race is overshadowing economic class as we seek to address the complex causes and cures for black grievances. A focus on economic class — on the poverty and inequality that affects a majority of white people as well as black people and other minorities — is the political path that offers the most hope.
Baltimore does not have a path to prosperity for the majority of our residents. As a result, we are a bifurcated town — one divided down York Road by a stone wall between haves and have-nots. Over the years, new developments have sprouted in the wealthier areas of our city, while many other citizens tragically live in third-world level despair.
While being ranked 9th in the country for providing the most opportunity for socioeconomic mobility is something for Maryland to be proud of, the celebration needs to be tempered somewhat because opportunity in Maryland, as in the rest of the country, is highly dependent upon one's zip code.
Everyday citizens can bring about an end to world poverty. That's the message being spread by the Laurel chapter of RESULTS, a national network of 110 grassroots citizen lobbies that is marking its 35th anniversary this year.
Archbishop William Lori: People are often surprised to hear that Pope Francis has not altered Church teaching. In fact, he affirms the long-held teachings of the Catholic Church whether speaking about the environment, the poor, caring for migrants, and what he calls the "culture of waste" or affirming traditional marriage, calling for the protection of religious liberty and promoting the sanctity of all human life.
Maryland had the highest median income in the nation last year and one of its lowest poverty rates, but new survey data released Thursday still painted a glum portrait of how the Great Recession continues to reverberate through the economy. Families experienced little increase in incomes last year; more homes were occupied by renters; fewer people were working or looking for work; and the birth rate continued to decline.
As the numbers of low-income families continue to grow, having increased from 4.5 percent in 2010 to 5.4 percent in 2014, Carlson has united the "Howard Seven" rotary clubs to draw support for the private nonprofit organization's Summer Enrichment Program, providing health, nutrition and educational services to children ages 3 to 5, as well as enhancing cognitive, social and emotional development.
According to a report on the postsecondary outcomes of Howard County public school graduates from the Class of '07 through the Class of '13, students who received free or reduced meals were 20 percent less likely to attend college than other students.
Responding to a sense of social inequity that boiled over in poor Baltimore neighborhoods following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in April, area hospitals want to hire 1,000 extra entry-level workers to clean the floors and transport patients, as well as counsel addicts and guide people into health insurance.
Unrealistic support orders don't help anyone. The mother and child don't see the payments, and the father, too poor to pay, can end up in a vicious cycle with the criminal justice system that amounts to a modern day debtor's prison.
Researchers set out to define what opportunity means in Baltimore. Across diverse demographic and geographic lines, people want to live in neighborhoods that are safe and secure and provide access to quality education for their children. But differences among racial and ethnic groups in their perceptions of their current neighborhoods and on strategies for neighborhood improvement were significant and revealing of the disparities and differences at play across the region.
This fall, as more than 20 million American college students prepare to return to campus, students who earned private scholarships should beware of a damaging practice in enrollment management known as award displacement.
U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro may have said it, but 42-year-old Sabrina Oliver has lived it. Oliver was living in a crime-infested part of Edmondson Village in 2008 with her two children, when she was accepted into a voucher program that allowed her to move — first to Parkville in Baltimore County, then to Orchard Beach in Anne Arundel County.
Let's not keep missing the point by allowing false perceptions of progress in certain sectors of Baltimore to anesthetize us from the hard realities in other quarters of our city. We are not ready to move forward until all of Baltimore is ready to move forward, and we have yet to reach that point — or to exhale.
Families in Carroll County who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Meal program, which provides children free or reduced price meals throughout the school year, will be able to receive similar support this summer.
In a sweeping environmental manifesto aimed at spurring action, Pope Francis called Thursday for a revolution to correct what he called a "structurally perverse" economic system in which the rich exploit the poor, turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."
Prevention Science offers proven programs and policies that help to reduce psychological problems, violence, drug abuse and even poverty, and they improve academic performance and health outcomes. They work by enhancing safe, supportive and nurturing relationships with caregivers and teachers and building social networks that allow our children to grow into healthy, responsible and productive adults.
The federal government is considering an overhaul of its subsidized housing program that would change how it determines rent limits from a one-size-fits-all approach for metro areas to a more localized, zip code-based approach that could allow more people to move to Baltimore's suburbs.
Public and non-profit leaders on Monday called on the city and counties to work together to increase access to jobs and housing for the poor, as they released what they called a "first-ever" comprehensive regional economic development plan.
A new Maryland law called the Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015, signed by Gov. Larry Hogan May 12, will allow an entire school to qualify for free breakfast and lunch for students from low-income families, rather than individual students.