Poverty

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Abahlali baseMjondolo: Connexipedia Article
Article
A shack-dwellers' movement in South Africa.
Abandon Affluence
Trainer, F.E.
Book
This work reviews the most recent evidence on major global problems, examining resource and energy scarcity, environmental destruction, Third World underdevelopment, international conflict, and the de...
Aid/Bangladesh 30 years of aid in Bangladesh: New Internationalist March 2001
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
A look into the history of Bangladesh and the existence of inequality and poverty in the country.
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
Berman, Marshall
Book
1982
Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and clutures in the modern world, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical ide...
Alternatives to Poverty and Welfare in Alberta
Article
1973
A basic accounting of the extent of poverty and of those on welfare in Canada and Alberta.
Amazing Brexit: Identity and Class Politics
Bohne, Luciana
Article
2016
This shell of a once fighting left embraces the culture of identity but excludes the entity of class. As a result poverty has become the P-word, and the poor the pariahs of neoliberal dystopic utopia....
Bick, Carolyn
Article
2016
A motel in Massachusetts reveals the extent of the US' hidden homelessness problem. Residents share their stories.
Approaches to Skid Row: Rosewater? Rehabilitation? Radical Renewal?: Notes on the Conference of December 3, 4, 5, 1974
Article
1975
Report of the first National Conference of the Skid Row National Coalition.
Bangladesh: Of Disasters and a Disastrous Development
Gillespie, Peter
Article
Dispossession, disparities in land distribution, and inappropriate development strategies in Bangladesh.
Bingo The big charity bonanza: New Internationalist October 2005 - #383
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
A look at issues surrounding big international non-governmental organizations.
Bloody Legislation Against the Expropriated, from the End of the 15th Century. Forcing Down of Wages by Acts of Parliament: Capital, Volume One: Chapter 28
Marx, Karl
Article
1867
Agricultural people: first forcibly expropriated from the soil, driven from their homes, turned into vagabonds, and then whipped, branded, tortured by laws grotesquely terrible, into the discipline ne...
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Putnam, Robert D.
Book
2000
Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the...
Boxcar Bertha: An Autobiography
Thompson, Bertha, as told to Ben Reitman
Book
1989
Memoirs of a woman who lived as a hobo and anarchist.
Canada: Activists Face the Future: Against The Current vol. 91
Moorsom, Toby
Article
2001
Electoral politics present challenging problems for labor movements all over the world. In the absence of strong working class parties, labor activists are often compelled to support parties that impl...
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
Canada's Great Divide: The politics of the growing gap between rich and poor in the 1990s
Yalnizyan, Armine
Book
2000
Over the course of the 1990s, Canada's growing gap has become a slippery slope for a growing number of middle income familes sliding towards the bottom of the income ladder.
The Canadian Fact Book on Poverty 1989
Ross, David P. and Shillington, Richard
Book
1989
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
Capitalism is a Waste of Time: Godwin, Malthus & the Ideology of "No Alternative"
Rhodes, Jason
Article
2010
The "no alternative" of permanent scarcity is both the all too familiar essence of our daily politics as well as the ideology at the heart of the discipline of economics, defined in the most widely us...
The Case for Socialism
Maass, Alan
Book
2005
An argument for socialism: a society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice -- one in which people come before profit. A soci...
Changing Course: A study guide for Canadian social analysis
Book
1987
A study guide for individuals and groups who are trying to make sense of our society, and want to learn how to improve it.
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Civil Rights, Poverty and Capitalism
Oppenheimer, Marty
Article
2014
Oppenheimer examines poverty in the United Stated during the 20th century and analyses the power structures that have prevented improvements to the basic living standards in American society.
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
Book
This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg's Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg's most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labour, imperialism, an...
Complicating "White Privilege": Class, Race and Images of Wilma
Gorski, Paul C.
Article
2011
The most heavy-handedly enforced rule, and the one we, in the white privilege brigade, still seem determined to protect with the greatest earnestness, dictates that Nobody shall, during a conversation...
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Book
1989
The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Overview: Economy, Poverty, Work
Article
1989
To effect desired change, it is necessary to have the power to set a different agenda, and therefore to challenge the current concentration of economic and political power. One of the keys to building...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Economy, Poverty, Work Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the economy and economics.
Corporate crime wave: New Internationalist July 2003
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
A look into corporate crime, people who have been involved, and what happens to the money. Also discusses what can be done to stop corporate crime.
The Corporations and the State: Essays in the Theory of Capitalism and Imperialism
O'Connor, James
Book
1974
Essays discussing modern U.S. capitalism and imperialism. Each chapter tries to delineate the relationship between 'economic' and 'political' processes, or at least recognize the unity between them. T...
The Creation of World Poverty
Hayter, Teresa
Book
1981
Hayter challenges the assumption that the West is 'helping' the rest of the world to develop. Far from rescuing the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America from their supposed backwardness, the ri...
Crime and Criminals: Address to the Prisoners in the Chicago Jail
Darrow, Clarence
Article
1902
So long as big criminals can get the coal fields, so long as the big criminals have control of the city council and get the public streets for street cars and gas rights, this is bound to send thousan...
Crisis in the US: Social and Economic Effects, Restructuring and Methods of Adapting
Simon, Henri
Article
2010
The cause of the crisis in the US must be found in the context of the world capitalist economy and not credited to internal causes. These internal causes of course exist but in fact only shape the way...
The Crisis of Color and Democracy
Marable, Manning
Book
1992
Essays attacking racist sterotypes and cynical arguments which America's national leaders use to obscure both the roots of today's social problems and their solutions.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Hedges, Chris; Sacco, Joe
Book
2012
The searing account Chris Hedges' and Joe Sacco's travels to sacrifice zones, those areas in the United States where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit, ...
Debt Bondage Or Self-Reliance: A Popular Perspective on the Global Debt Crisis
Book
1985
Describes the effects of international debt on workers, the unemployed, and peasants who neither asked for or benefit from such debt. It describes the growing number of people's movements in Canada an...
Decline of the English Murder: And Other Essays
Orwell, George
Book
1950
A collection of essays by George Orwell.
Democracy for the Few
Parenti, Michael
Book
1988
How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and ...
Disability in the Majority World I've got a right!: New Internationalist November 2005
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
Discussion of people with dissability and their fight for equal rights.
Do or Die: The people versus development in the Narmada Valley: New Internationalist July 2001 - #336
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
A look at the case the Supreme Court of India against The People regarding the Narmada Dam.
Dossier Homme Seul Itinerant
Article
1974
Theoretical base for organising and educative effort with single itinerant men in Montreal.
Down and Out in Paris and London
Orwell, George
Book
1933
Life near the bottom in France and England in the early 1930s.
The Earthscan Action Handbook
Litvinoff, Miles
Book
1990
A compendium of the world's major ills with suggestions for remedial action.
The Economics of Injustice: Poverty
Article
1975
Various aspects of poverty in Canada, the guaranteed income plan & social justice.
The End of Poverty?
Diaz, Philippe
Film
2008
Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.
Ending Poverty As We Know It: Against The Current vol. 109
Asen, Peter Ian
Article
2004
The phenomenon of local living wage campaigns sweeping the country is one of the few causes for celebration in American politics. Led by unions, community organizations and religious groups, Americans...
Eradicating Extreme Poverty: Democracy, Globalisation and Human Rights
Godinot, Xavier (ed.)
Book
2012
A new approach to eradicating extreme poverty, contrasted with conventional "top-down" approaches.
Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India's Poorest Districts
Sainath, P.
Book
1996
P. Sainath devoted 2½ years to visiting and recording the realities - delving into the fundamentals, the why of the realities - in India's 10 poorest districts.
Evicted and Abandoned: The World Bank's Broken Promise to the Poor
ICIJ
Article
2015
The World Bank pledges to "do no harm." But over the past decade it has regularly failed to protect the world's most vulnerable people.
Evil Traffickers and Innocent Children?: It's Not So Simple
Howard, Neil
Article
2013
One of the most pressing reasons why teenagers like Adri need to migrate for work is because there’s no other way for them or their families to access the money that is essential to life in any capita...
The Face of Imperialism
Parenti, Michael
Book
2011
Parenti redefines empire and imperialism to connect the current crisis in America to its own bad behavior worldwide.
'Factivism' and Other Fairytales from Bono: The 'Inner Nerd' Gets It Wrong, Again
Browne, Harry
Article
2013
A rebuttal to U2 singer Bono's claims regarding the 'imminent eradication of extreme poverty'.
Falling Behind: The State of Working Canada, 2000
Jackson, Andrew, Robinson, David, Baldwin,Bob, Wiggins, Cindy
Book
2000
An accessible collation of data and analysis, analyzed from a progressive perspective, about the social and economic realities of working people in Canada.
Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Book
1989
Examines the insecurities of the middle class in an attempt to explain its turn to the right during the past two decades. Fear of Falling traces the myths about the middle class to their roots in the ...
Federated Anti-Poverty Groups of British Columbia
Article
1979
The above Federation is made up of citizens' groups and individuals working together for change in the low-income people in British Columbia.
Finding North
Silverbush, Lori; Jacobson, Kristi
Film/Video
2012
A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis
Riches, Graham
Book
...
Gandhi's Truth: On the origins of militant nonviolence
Erikson, Erik H.
Book
1969
An examination of the life, vision, and actions of Mohandas Gandhi.
Get a Life!: How to make a good buck dance around the dinosaurs and save the world while you're at it
Roberts, Wayne; Brandum, Susan
Book
1995
Simultaneoulsy a textbook on new careers and lifestyles for aspiring entrepreneurs and a strategy for social, economic and environmental renewal.
Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada: Third Edition
Czerny, Michael; Swift, Jamie
Book
1984
See also CX2933.
Global Crisis and Opportunity: Against The Current vol. 134
Terrall, Ben
Article
2008
Ben Terrall interviews Mike Davis. Mike Davis is a veteran writer and activist who cut his progressive teeth in the 1960s civil rights and antiwar movements. He has worked as a meat cutter, long-dista...
Global Thoughts, Local Actions
McConkey, David
Book
1984
A wealth of information for those seeking ways to link global problems to everyday life.
The Great Transformation: The political and economic origins of our time
Polanyi, Karl
Book
1944
Polanyi analyzes the social and political upheavals that took place in England during the rise of the market economy. Polanyi contends that the modern market economy and the modern nation-state should...
Growing Poverty And Despair In America
Lendman, Stephen
Article
2009
Increasing homelessness and hunger highlight the growing problem as, in the face of deteriorating economic conditions and growing human needs, administration policies are indifferent, counterproductiv...
The Growth Illusion: How economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet
Douthwaite, Richard
Book
1992
Douthwaite argues that strategies used by governments to raise national income often increase poverty and unemployment. Moreover, in the USA, Britiain, Germany and Australia, each increase in national...
The History of Costa Rica
Molina, Ivan; Palmer, Steven
Book
1998
An overview of Costa Rican history with an emphasis on how Costa Ricans have been able to make their own history, "though they do not make it just as they choose."
Homeless and Hungry at College: Falling Through the Safety Net
Turl, Adam
Article
2010
With students and their family members losing jobs as tuition increases escalate and social services are cut, more and more students are falling through the tattered social safety net.
How not to grow a new town
Rush, Elizabeth
Article
2013
For years the governments of Peru, and the municipality of Lima, had a working deal with rural migrants who flocked to the city: we'll plan the place, you build it, amenities will arrive. Then came th...
How People Get Power: Organizing Oppressed Communities for Action
Kahn, Si
Book
1970
A book about community organizing, written for organizers.
How the World Bank Broke Its Promise to Protect the Poor
Chavkin, Sasha; Hallman, Ben; Hudson, Michael, Schilis-Gallego, Cecile; Shifflett, Shane
Article
2015
The World Bank has broken its promise. Over the past decade, the bank has regularly failed to enforce its rules, with devastating consequences for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the...
The I.F. Stone's Weekly Reader
Stone, I.F.
Book
1973
An anthology of 20 years of journalism by independent journalists I.F. Stone.
Income and Health
Quick, Allison ; Wilkinson, Richard
Book
1991
India: Growing Inequality and Destructive Development: Misery for the Many, Benefits for the Few
Peebles, Graham
Article
2013
Under the careful guidance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund the Indian government has for the last twenty years or so, embraced market liberalization and the global market; garlan...
Jobs and Poverty
Article
1977
The National Council of Welfare was established by the Government Organization Act, 1969 as a citizens advisory body to the Minister on matters pertaining to welfare.
Just Like You and Me: Images of the downtown eastside, Vancouver
Phipps, Lynn; Hoffman, Terry
Article
1975
Photographic and poetic images of the people of the "skid row" area of Vancouver.
Just Society Movement: Connexipedia article
Article
The Just Society Movement was founded in 1968 by two single mothers, who were fed up with a welfare system that did not serve their needs. Cleverly named to hold Trudeau's Liberals accountable to thei...
Keeping the Rich Invisible: How Census Bureau Hides the Super-rich
Parenti, Michael
Article
1998
Of late much media attention has been given to the CEOs who rake in tens of millions of dollars annually in salaries and perks. But little is said about the tens of billions that these same corporatio...
Kicking Ass for the Working Class: Against The Current vol. 133
Moody, Kim
Article
2008
There it was, staring at me from the AFL-CIO’s very own blog: a black sign with bold red letters saying “KICKING ASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS,” signed AFL-CIO. Surely they meant to say “working for,” or ...
Land Conflict and Injustice: Development in 'New India'
Peebles, Graham
Article
2014
On agrarian crisis and the commercialization of the countryside in India.
Living Wage Campaigns, Part 2: Challenges Facing the Movement
Luce, Stephanie
Article
1998
IN THE PREVIOUS article (see ATC 76), I discussed the basic concepts, advocates and goals behind living wage campaigns, as well as some of the movement's successes. These include a positive ideologica...
Living Wage Campaigns: Part I
Luce, Stephanie
Article
1998
ROBERT KUTTNER WROTE in a recent Washington Post op-ed that living wage campaigns are “the most interesting (and under-reported) grassroots enterprise to emerge since the civil rights movement.”1
Local Places In the Age of the Global City
Keil, Roger, Wekerle, Gerda R., Bell, David V.J. (eds.)
Book
1996
The contributors to Local Places look at the complex social, economic and political contexts of cities in the 1990s and suggest that cities and urbanity, while part of the problem, also need to be con...
A Look at Skid Row 1976 - Where is it Going?
Burkholder, Susan
Article
1976
A final report to the Non-Medical Use of Drugs Directorate on trends in Skid-Row movement.
Malcolm X Speaks
X. Malcolm; edited and with prefatory notes by George Breitman
Book
1965
A series of speeches, seminars and press conferences given by Malcolm X during the last years of his life in 1964 and early 1965.
Mama Illegal
Moschlitz, Ed
Film/Video
2012
They gave the smugglers all their money and risk their life on their journey across borders: Three women from a small town in Moldavia, living now in Austria and Italy as cleaning women. On top of the...
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
Huberman, Leo
Book
1936
Huberman sets out to explain history using economic theory, and to explain economic theory using history. He tries to explain, in terms of the development of economic thought, why certain doctrines ar...
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 16: Marx and Engels 1858 - 1860
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Mainly events in Europe.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 17: Marx and Engels 1859 - 1860
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Includes Herr Vogt and articles on military matters.
A Marxist History of the World part 79: Revolt in the Colonies
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The anti-colonial revolts of the early 20th century were inspired by radical ideas, but, as the examples of Ireland, India and Mexico show, history exacts a heavy price for political timidity.
A Model of Theological Reflection
Article
1976
Training document to organise analysis of the conditions that foster the existence of skid row.
Monopoly Capital: An essay on American economic and social order
Baran, Paul A.; Sweezy, Paul M.
Book
1966
An analysis of American capitalism.
Moral Poverty and the Riots
Malik, Kenan
Article
2011
Because the right has appropriated the arguments about moral failure, many on the left have rejected moral arguments altogether. The left talks much about the social and economic impact of neoliberal ...
National Anti-Poverty Organization: Dcouments produced by NAPO in 1977-1978.
Book
1978
Abstracts of three documents produced by the National-Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) in 1977-1978.
National Skid Row Coalition Conference, Vancouver May 12-15, 1975
Barry, Bernard
Article
1975
Description of conference with reflections on implications for Calgary.
The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa
Saul, John S.
Book
2005
An indispensable guide to understanding how the resources of that era can be used to contribute to real liberation for the region and for the continent of Africa as a whole.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Book
2001
Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them, inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste & Hierarchies
Seabrook, Jeremy
Book
2002
Concentrates mainly on the history of social hierarchy in Western civilization, and particularly the struggles of the working class.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade
Ransom, David
Book
2001
Ransom suggests that fair, environmentally-conscious trade is not only a viable alternative to unfair free trade, but that it is the way of the future.
The Not-So-Secret History of Capitalism
Malik, Kenan
Article
2013
This is a coda to my review of Paul Collier’s book Exodus. I questioned the moral and social arguments that Collier employs to justify his arguments, and suggested that there is often a chasm between ...
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
Galeano, Eduardo
Book
1971
A political economy, a social and cultural narrative, and a powerful description of primitive capital accumulation.
Pensions Under Attack: What's behind the push to privatize public pensions
Townson, Monica
Book
2001
Townson discusses the forces behind the drive to privatize public pensions and its impact on the financial security of seniors. In doing so, she traces a history from Pinochet's Chile to Thatcher's Gr...
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
A People's Manifesto: Let's Roll Back Austerity and Claim Real Democracy!: Urgent common priorities for a democratic, social, ecological and feminist Europe
Article
2013
Europe stands on the edge of a precipice, looking into the abyss. Austerity policies drive the peoples of Europe into poverty, undercut democracy and dismantle social policies. Rising inequalities end...
Photography and the Powerless
Repo, Marjaleena
Article
1971
A critique of photographers who come to exploit "the poor."
The Political Economy of Health
Doyal, Lesley
Book
1979
The Politics of Food and Poverty
Tummon, John
Article
2014
The global food crisis is tightly connected to global poverty, climate change, ecological destruction, migrant workers, imperialism, health and the super-exploitation of workers.
The Poor and the Powerless : Economic Policy and Change in the Caribbean
Thomas, Clive
Book
Argues that another form of development - by the poor and for the poor - is not only possible but necessary.
Poor fetishes, poor critiques: gentrification as violence
Dawson, Gloria
Article
2016
Hating on hipsters is not the answer to gentrification. If we want to reclaim our cities, we should organize for genuinely affordable housing in common, argues Gloria Dawson.
The Poor Must Die: Anglo-American Political Philosophy 101
Floyd, Chris
Article
2010
For more than 30 years, the world-dominating Anglo-American alliance has been under the sway of factions which, for all their internal squabbling and hair-splitting, are strongly united in their stead...
Poor No More
Deveaux, Bert (Director)
Film/Video
2009
In the present economic crisis, many Canadians are destititute and many others are on the brink. Against this climate, a couple of Canadians go on a road trip to Ireland and Sweden, with comedian Mary...
Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail
Piven, Frances Fox; Cloward, Richard A
Book
The authors explore why certain models of organizing may fail or change over time, and provide a great deal of historical background on specific social movements.
Poverty and Policy in Canada: Implications for Health and Qualityof Life
Raphael, Dennis
Book
2007
Raphael writes with authority on the problem of inequality and poverty in Canada. Income variability has increased while social assistance and minimum wages have not kept people up.
Poverty in Canada - A Christian Perspective
Book
1978
The book is an editorial revision of the final report of the Anglican Church Task Force on the economy presented to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in July 1977. Its purpose was to ...
Poverty in Wealth
Johnson, Leo A.
Article
1976
A critique of existing poverty research in Canada.
Poverty Report and Recommendations
Article
1977
This booklet, addressed to the membership of the United Church, presents the recommendations adopted by the last General council. It also includes a background for the recommendations and integrates ...
Poverty: A Study/Action Guide
Book
1978
"Poverty" is a workbook designed for small groups interested in becoming more informed and involved in the struggle of the economically poor to dig their way out. It tries to put a common face on pov...
Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor
Herivel, Tara; Wright, Paul
Book
2002
Essays on the cruelty and inhumanity of the American prison system.
A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village
Hartmann, Betsy; Boyce, James
Book
In this book, two Bengali-speaking Americans take the reader to a Bangladesh village where they lived for nine months. There the reader meets some of the world's poorest people, and some of the not-so...
Race, Incarceration, and American Values
Loury, Glenn C., with Pamela Karlan, Tommie Shelby and Loïc Wacquant
Book
2008
Glenn Loury argues that the extraordinary mass incarceration rate in the USA is not a response to rising crime rates. Instead, it is the product of a decision to become a more punitive society. He con...
Reclaim the power! Democratic energy must replace corporate capture
Article
2014
Democratising energy would save thousands of lives a year in Britain alone -- releasing us from the clutches of corporate utilities, and building an energy commons in which we are all owners and parti...
Red and Green Eco-socialism comes of age: New Internationalist November 1998
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1998
Why socialists and environmentalists need to work together to bring about lasting change. Discussion of how inequality and environmental destruction are directly linked. Articles on development in Ind...
A Report Card on Women and Poverty
Townson, Monica
Article
2000
Report on the Conference; Vancouver 1975: May 12-13, 1975
Peterson, Larry
Article
1975
Conference on stategies used on Skid Row, focusing on Vancouver organisations.
Reporting the Realities of Poverty
Zwicker, Barrie
Article
1997
Review of Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India's Poorest Districts, by P. Sainath.
The Return of Debtors' Prisons: Reservations for the Poor
Breyman, Steve
Article
2010
Nearly a quarter of the people spending time behind bars on Riker’s Island in 2008 - one in four inmates - were there because they didn’t have the money to pay bail on a misdemeanor charge. These unfo...
Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
Berlet, Chip; Lyons, Mathew N.
Book
2000
Examines the historical roots and current situation of right-wing populism in the US. Berlet and Lyons highlight the dangers of right-wing populism in affecting the political system and opportunities...
The Road to Wigan Pier
Orwell, George
Book
1937
George Orwell's investigation of an English working class community in the 1930s.
Second-class health care for immigrants, seniors?
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2006
A two-tier system means better care for the affluent, and worse or no care for the rest.
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
The Seventh Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government
Smith, Dan
Book
1993
Describes the struggles of aboriginal people to run their own affairs.
SNCC: The New Abolitionists
Zinn, Howard
Book
1964
An account of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Social Determinants of Health
Marmot, Michael; Wilkinson, Richard (eds.)
Book
A wide ranging collection providing health records from around the world
Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives
Raphael, Dennis (ed.)
Book
2004
The social determinants of health are summarized and analyzed by over 30 medical and social academics.
Society of Citizens of the World
Sarvide, Laura ; Sanchez, Gabriela
Book
Some Lives: A GP's East End
Widgery, David
Book
1993
The author, a Marxist and a doctor, writes about the patients he treated in Canary Wharf - a community in East London plagued by poverty and crime.
Starving the Poor
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2007
Chomsky demonstrates how deficits in the international order and its policy-making can lead to negative effects, especially for the poor. One such example is the promotion of biofuels.
The State of the World Atlas
Kidron, Michael
Book
1981
Street children: New Internationalist April 2005 - #377
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
A look at the lives of street children around the world. Discussion of the challenges they face day-to-day and what some are forced to do to survive.
Submission to the Poverty Task Force of the United Church of Canada
Linklette, Alma; Linklette, Don
Article
1978
A discussion of what direction the efforts of the United Church should take in the fight against poverty in Canada.
Submission to the Poverty Task Force of the United Church of Canada: How Social and Economc Justice Can be Improved in Canada
Kirkwood, James Rev.
Article
1978
A submission to the United Church clergy on Canada's strategies for developing technology and economy.
The Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk; Elizabeth, Speck, Jeff
Book
2000
The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces, isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighbourhoods, organized into mutually support...
Telling the Truth: Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2005
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
Theological Reflection Re: Skid Row
Article
1976
Reflection on the conditions that foster the existence of Skid Rows in Canada.
Tobacco Hooked on tobacco: New Internationalist July 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the effects of tobacco around the world, the health risks, and how to kick the habit.
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Book
2016
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
Under the Viaduct: Homeless in Beautiful B.C.
Baxter, Sheila
Book
The author, through interviews, gives a collection of testimonials of Vancouver's homeless and strategies to combat this social problem.
Urban core support network annual conference 1982:: The disappearance of affordable housing for people on the margins
Article
1982
The 1982 Conference of the Urban Core Support Network, held in Toronto in October, focused on the disappearance of affordable housing.
The Venezuelan Revolution: New Internationalist June 2006
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A look inside the Venezuelan Revolution and facts and history of the country.
We Are the Poors : Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Desai, Ashwin
Book
2002
Follows the growth of the most unexpected community movements, beginning in one township of Durban, linking up with community and labor struggles in other parts of the country, and coming together in ...
Weatherman
Jacobs, Harold
Book
1971
A history of the Weatherman organization.
Welfare Office
Bhaggiyadatta, Krisantha Sri
Article
Trying to get welfare.
What A.G.A.I.N.?
Bosworth, Bill
Article
1975
Adequate Guaranteed Annual Income and Skid Row.
What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment
Magdoff, Fred; Foster, John Bellamy
Book
2011
A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solel...
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Rural Poverty
Gurley, Lauren
Article
2017
Gurly analyzes the institutional reasons behind widespread poverty, depopulation, and unemployment in Jefferson County, Mississippi.
Where Heaven Meets Hell
Friedlander, Sasha
Film/Video
2011
Drawing strength from their families and their Muslim faith, Indonesian sulfur miners face gruelling labour and treacherous conditions on an active volcano, while struggling to overcome the desperate ...
Who do we try to rescue today?: Canada under corporate rule
Finn, Ed
Book
2000
A collection of essays discussing aspects of the role of corporations in late-20th-century Canada.
Why the Left Isn't Talking About Rural American Poverty
Gurley, Lauren
Article
2015
Within the popular American conscience there are two favoured focal points for discussing the problem of poverty. The first is within the urban, inner city context and the second is the poverty of the...
Winter of Discontent
Williams, Rick
Article
1990
Whole communities are being plunged into a poverty culture that is very difficult to escape.
Women, Resistance and Revolution
Rowbotham, Sheila
Book
1972
A wide-ranging survey of the roots of inequality and of the long but sporadic struggles to covercome it. Her narrative extends from the seventeenth century to present-day (1970s) Vietnam, showing how ...
Working People: Life in a Downtown City Neighbourhood
Lorimer, James
Book
1971
A description of the Don Vale neighbourhood of downtown Toronto in the 1960s.
World Bank: It's the Pits for the Poor: Against The Current vol. 87
Bond, Patrick
Article
2000
In early May, a National Reparations Conference opened by Njongonkulu Ndungane, the radical Archbishop of Cape Town who succeeded Desmond Tutu, resolved to demand that the World Bank and International...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Briarpatch
Briarpatch is Saskatchewan's independent alternative newsmagazine committed to building a socialist society. We provide an open forum for disadvantaged peoples and support progressive movements workin...
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Our work in social policy research, analysis and public education focuses on poverty and social policy, covering areas such as income security, taxation, social spending, employment and poverty analys...
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
To facilitate research on social and economic issues facing Canada and to promote alternatives for business and government.
Centre for Social Justice
The CSJ conducts research, educates and advocates to narrow the gap in income, wealth and power and enhance peace and human security. It does this by bringing together academics, labour unions, faith...
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ is a national organization promoting justice in Canadian public affairs, responding politically to God's call for love toward our neighbour and responsibility for our environment. We use research,...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Food Banks Canada
National umbrella group for Canadian food banks, distributed nearly 9 million pounds of food in 2003 to member food banks in all provinces. Works to promote the eradication of hunger and poverty in Ca...
History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today * Increases the influence of...
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KAIROS brings together churches and religious organziations to respond to issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join faith with action for social transformation.
MATCH International
To promote the welfare of women in Canada and overseas, by funding projects, while ephasizing a feminist vision of development.
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
OneWorld.net (U.S.)
We bring together the latest news and views from over 1,600 organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide. The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces conte...
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount grassroots political campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working peop...
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
A coalition of 133 community-based immigrant and refugee service agencies located throughout the province of Ontario.
Ontario Public Health Association
To enhance the health of all the people of Ontario and to eliminate all preventable health problems.
PLAN International Canada
Plan International Canada strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of children, families and communities in more than 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central and Sout...
Pueblito Canada
Community development projects in Latin America. Development education materials for children in Canada.
Seven News
A community newspaper based in the 'Ward 7' area of Toronto: east of downtown, from Sherbourne Street to Logan Avenue, including Don Vale, Cabbagetown, Regent Park, Riverdale, St. Jamestown. Seven New...
Society for Socialist Studies
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
Tadamon
A Montreal-based collective of social-justice organizers & media activists, working to build relationships of solidarity with grassroots political movements for social and economic justice between Bei...
This Magazine
This Magazine tells you what's happening and why. News across Canada, award-winning investigations, columnists, fiction, poetry, comics, more!
UNICEF Canada
To raise funds to help ensure the survival, growth and long term development of the world's children.
Woodgreen Community Centre
Committed to a comprehensive community approach to enhance the quality of life and self-determination for all people of East Toronto.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Asian Development Bank
ADB is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.
Commonwealth Secretariat
The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding
Emmanuel International Canada
Emmanuel International Canada is one of seven affiliates of Emmanuel Relief and Rehabilitation International. An International NGO providing Emergency relief in time of disasters and ongoing projects in developing countries
Family Service Toronto
FST is a non-profit social service agency offering a wide range of counselling and support programs in 13 locations across the City of Toronto. Since 1914, FST has been assisting individuals, families and communities through couns...
History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking. * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today. * Increases the influence of historical research over cu...
International Development Law Organization
IDLO is an international intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting the rule of law and good governance in developing countries, countries in economic transition and in those emerging from armed conflict. We pursue ou...
International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations established as an international financial institution in 1977 as the outcome of a conference organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected th...
International Labor Rights Forum
An organization dedicated to achieving just and humane working conditions for workers worldwide. It is committed to overcoming child labour, forced labour and other abusive practices. It promotes the enforcement of labour rights t...
International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 185 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic...
Partners in Population and Development
Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is the only organization in the world fully dedicated to the promotion of South-South partnerships.
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was established when its Charter was formally adopted on December 8, 1985 by the Heads of State or Government of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and...
United Nations
The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system. Day in and day out, the UN and its f...
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...
World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member coun...

Sources Library

America's trailer parks: the residents may be poor but the owners are getting rich
Neate, Rupert
2015
It's an unusual but potentially lucrative investment: Warren Buffett is prompting people to attend Mobile Home University, a 'boot camp' in trailer park ownership.
Behind the Numbers
A blog from the CCPA
Commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, and employment.
The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
City slides into skid row
Weitz, Don
1977
Perhaps some city planners and alderpersons are finally starting to take a serious look at Toronto’s skid row areas and the people struggling to survive in them. And just perhaps, they’ll come up with...
The Enduring Myth Of Microfinance
Qazi, Moin
2017
When microfinance-provision of financial services tailored to fit the needs of low income people – made its first appearance, everyone was infatuated by its narrative.
Millions in poverty get less coverage than 482 billionaires
New FAIR study documents TV news' lack of interest in poor
2014
FAIR uses data from CBS, ABC, and NBC to conduct a study on how much the media reports on poverty, concluding that there is not very much coverage of people in poverty.
Poverty saps mental capacity to deal with complex tasks, say scientists
Study suggests being preoccupied with money problems is equivalent to loss of 13 IQ points or losing a night's sleep
Jha, Alok
2013
People who are poor expand so much mental energy on the immediate problem of paying bills or cutting costs that they are left with less capacity to deal with other complex but important problems.
Who Killed Grace Bates...?
Browne, Norman G.; Weitz, Grace
1976
Grace Bates, a long-time resident of Cabbagetown, was 63 years of age when she died in the early morning of July 19 [1976] at Nellie’s Hostel on Broadview. She had been taken to Nellie’s Hostel the pr...

From the Connexions Archives

Manitoba anti-poverty organization (MAPO)
Organization profile published 1983
Organization
1983
NAPO-INFO, National Anti-Poverty News
Periodical profile published 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
This was a bilingual, bi-monthly newspaper dealing with issues affecting the poor across Canada.
National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO)
Organization profile published 1983
Organization
1983
An overview of the National Anti-Poverty Organization published in 1983.
New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
Poverty in the 80's
Organization profile published 1978
Organization
1978
This is Our Place
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Alternative resources for low income families.
Windsor Coalition For Development
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982