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Sanders, Brown, Grijalva and Conyers: “Hands Off Social Security”

A group of Senators and Representatives have a message for the deficit reform commission and the White House: Keep your hands off Social Security.

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Census Data Show Dramatic Rise in Poverty Among African-American Children in Nation’s Capital

New Census data released this month show a “breathtaking” rise in poverty among African-American children in the nation’s capital.  Three out of 10 children in the District of Columbia were living in poverty last year, according to the Washington Post

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Akimbo’s First Ever Film Festival: Millennium Development Goals at the Movies!

RH Reality Check is highlighting Akimbo’s first ever film festival, focused on each of the eight Millennium Development Goals as a way to increase awareness of the issues about which the goals are related.

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MDG Film Fest: Poverty – Sin Nombre

Akimbo, the blog of the International Women’s Health Coalition blog, features Sin Nombre,  a film about MDG #1, eradicating poverty and hunger globally.

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Missouri Improves On Child Welfare, But Not By Much

One would think that child welfare would be a top priority in a state where politicians running for office regularly list their tradition family values among their qualifications, but that is not the case.

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Ending Child Marriage: It’s a Smart Investment

We believe that an adolescent girl living in poverty is the most powerful person in the world. If we reach her early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.

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Ecuador Reduces Maternal Deaths

According to a report by Gonzalo Ortiz of InterPress News Service (IPS), Ecuador has achieved a steep decline in maternal deaths and illness through a model program “centered on the mother’s needs and not those of the doctor or midwife.”

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Women Living in Poverty Make Up Increasing Share of Patients Seeking Abortion Care

The proportion of abortion patients who were poor increased by almost 60 percent between 2000 and 2008, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute.

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Children Living in Poverty Birthing Children into Poverty: A Continuing Cycle

High rates of youth poverty precede high rates of teenage childbearing. Teens residing in communities with high rates of poverty, welfare use, and single-mother households are at higher risk for early pregnancy.

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GOP Blocks Extension of Unemployment Insurance

Last week, Senate Democrats proposed extending unemployment insurance by 14 weeks — with an extra six weeks for states with unemployment above 8.5 percent — only to have Republicans block the measure on the chamber floor.

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