September 6, 2016
By John L. Jackson Jr. Labor Day marks the beginning of the end of campaigning for the presidency of the United States, but it probably doesn't feel that way to most people. This has been an exceptionally long election season with candidacies being announced earlier than ever before. (Ted Cruz declared in late March of 2015, almost 650 days before this November election will be held.) We are witnessing another election that finds many voters clamoring for change. We should be shining a spotlight on pressing social justice and policy issues that might inform that change, such as gun policy, homelessness, mass incarceration, and mental-health treatment concerns, among other things.
August 10, 2015 |
New data showing a slight retreat in how well Pennsylvania takes care of its children should have inspired legislators to speed up the funding of programs that serve the state's youth. Instead, their monthlong failure to pass a budget continues. The latest state rankings by the Annie E. Casey Foundation dropped Pennsylvania from 16th to 17th in overall child well-being. New Jersey ranked eighth, just as it did last year, but Pennsylvania is going in the wrong direction, which doesn't bode well for the state's future.
March 11, 2015
ISSUE | GARDEN STATE Pollution legacy In the 1940s, my boyhood trips to my grandfather's farm in the Pine Barrens meant holding my breath from Newark to Bordentown because of the stench. North Jersey was a chemical cesspool and remains one to this day ("N.J. settles for millions, not billions," March 6). It will continue to be one unless irresponsible politicians do something about the problem. As President Obama said, each of us is part of the long story of human history, and we should try to get our paragraph right.
March 2, 2015 |
When Philadelphia's next mayor takes the oath of office inside the glittering Academy of Music, he or she should have a plan to help the city residents who cannot afford to attend a concert, don't have enough food to eat, and do not expect life to get better for them or their children. The next mayor will lead the poorest among the nation's 10 biggest cities. More than a quarter of its 1.5 million residents live in poverty. Thirty-nine percent of its children are poor. There are programs to help, but too many people don't know they qualify.
September 18, 2014 |
The U.S. poverty rate has decreased for the first time since 2006, according to U.S. Census figures released Tuesday. Children's poverty also declined, while median household income barely changed between 2012 and 2013. The report further shows that 42 million people, 13.4 percent of Americans, were without health-insurance coverage in 2013. The data were compiled in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which describes conditions in 2013.
June 23, 2014 |
"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. " - Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer It's spring, and once again I find myself sitting on my back porch gazing at the disparities on the two sides of our modest backyard. On the sunny side, a dozen varieties of flowers blossom in a colorful collage of reds, blues and whites, attracting honeybees and even hummingbirds. On the shady side, the ground is hard, the grass grows poorly, and the colors are bland.
December 12, 2013 |
The scenes are too common for comfort: A mother grabs her daughter's arm roughly on the bus. A father at a Wawa growls coarsely into his son's ear. Not legally defined as child abuse, it's known as harsh or authoritarian parenting. Regardless of race or income level, mothers and fathers everywhere are capable of it. But low-income parents who struggle with stresses from overwhelming issues such as hunger, or lack of a job or adequate housing, seem to engage in harsh parenting more often, researchers have concluded.
November 27, 2013 |
The number of children living in poverty in Delaware County increased by 30 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a new report. Around 21,000 children 17 and under were living in poverty in the county in 2012, according to the report by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), a youth advocacy and research nonprofit in Philadelphia. That's a county child-poverty rate of 16.7 percent, PCCY reported. According to the agency's calculations, the Delaware County child-poverty rate is the highest among the four Pennsylvania suburban counties, PCCY officials said at a news conference in the food pantry at the Bernardine Center in Chester on Monday.
September 9, 2013 |
Poverty in New Jersey has reached levels not seen in 50 years, as more than two million people from Sussex to Cape May Counties founder in a deepening struggle to keep themselves and their families fed, housed, and healthy. The troubling findings, part of a report spotlighting poverty in 2011, were released Sunday by Legal Services of New Jersey's Poverty Research Institute. The report is called "Poverty Benchmarks 2013. " While the recession ended in 2009, the report shows, the misery it wrought - most notably upon children - has continued.
August 5, 2013
Democratic voters will choose from a rich field in New Jersey's Aug. 13 U.S. Senate primary. But Newark Mayor Cory Booker rises above his substantial competitors. Booker has earned national recognition for his grasp of urban issues, having served as chief executive of the state's largest city with grit and passion since 2006. He could fill a void in the Senate by making a case for America's cities. Based on his record and vision, CORY BOOKER is the Democrat most qualified to become an effective senator for the nation's most urbanized state.