Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America A public media initiative from The WNET Group in New York reporting on the people, policy, issues and solutions surrounding poverty and opportunity in America.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is WNET’s multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society: what life is like below the poverty line, its impact on our economic security and on our children, and what has happened to our age-old dream of striving for a better life. We’ll also highlight solutions: wh

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is WNET’s multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society: what life is like below the poverty line, its impact on our economic security and on our children, and what has happened to our age-old dream of striving for a better life. We’ll also highlight solutions: wh

09/22/2021

USICH Chair and HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge just launched #HouseAmerica: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis. We're asking state, local, and tribal leaders to partner with us to make the most of the #AmericanRescuePlan.

Read more: https://tinyurl.com/atxz4k4u

09/21/2021
From Prison to Business Owner, Can A Pardon Help Gerri Chambers?

Almost half a million people in the United States are in prison for drug-related offenses and non-violent drug convictions.

Gerrie has struggled in the past with criminal convictions and drug abuse. Nineteen years after leaving prison, she has been living drug-free and wants to become a business owner. With her criminal record, will Gerrie get the pardon she needs to rebuild her life?

Learn more: http://bit.ly/powerpardon

MetroFocus: September 15, 2021 - MetroFocus
09/17/2021
MetroFocus: September 15, 2021 - MetroFocus

MetroFocus: September 15, 2021 - MetroFocus

In The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, executive producer and actor Morgan Freeman exposes the excessive and brutal force too often executed by the police in their response to emergency calls and non-threatening situations. Tonight, Morgan Freeman, along with activist, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., join....

09/14/2021
American Dream Interrupted | The Power of a Pardon Ep. 2

Rickie lawfully came to the US as a Cambodian refugee, but because of a plea deal gone wrong, he faces deportation for a crime he didn't commit. How can a pardon save his life?

This is "The Power of a Pardon," our latest digital series exploring the intimate and, at times, nerve-racking journeys of five individuals as they plead their case for a life-altering pardon: bit.ly/powerpardon

"Roughly one million children in New York City are returning to classes today — most of them for the first time since th...
09/13/2021
Schools in New York City fully reopen after 18 months of pandemic restrictions.

"Roughly one million children in New York City are returning to classes today — most of them for the first time since the school system closed in March 2020 because of the pandemic."
- [via The New York Times]

Almost all of the nearly one million students in the public system are returning to class on Monday.

09/12/2021
What Does a Second Chance Look Like After a Life Behind Bars?

The pardons and commutation process for formerly incarcerated individuals can give those who have been living crime-free, or who had been unjustly charged, a second chance at life.

This is #ThePowerofaPardon, a digital series capturing the pardons journey of five formerly incarcerated individuals whose lives had been on pause due to the scarlet letter of a criminal record: to.pbs.org/3kYOc0B

A motel owner in New Jersey knows what it's like to not have anywhere to go. That's why he opens his rooms to people eve...
09/10/2021

A motel owner in New Jersey knows what it's like to not have anywhere to go. That's why he opens his rooms to people even if they can't afford to pay.
WATCH here: https://to.pbs.org/3DG0QtR
[via: NJ Spotlight News]

A motel owner in New Jersey knows what it's like to not have anywhere to go. That's why he opens his rooms to people even if they can't afford to pay.
WATCH here: https://to.pbs.org/3DG0QtR
[via: NJ Spotlight News]

Many Afghan natives who risked their lives helping the U.S. government are still without visas for themselves and their ...
09/09/2021

Many Afghan natives who risked their lives helping the U.S. government are still without visas for themselves and their families. How are resettlement organizations in New Jersey working to help evacuees?

READ more: https://to.pbs.org/3nhudNb
[via NJ Spotlight News ]

Many Afghan natives who risked their lives helping the U.S. government are still without visas for themselves and their families. How are resettlement organizations in New Jersey working to help evacuees?

READ more: https://to.pbs.org/3nhudNb
[via NJ Spotlight News ]

09/08/2021

We serve resilient young mothers breaking cycles of poverty, #homelessness & abuse. 44% of mothers in our family shelter lived in shelter as children. Avg young mother age: 22. Avg child age: 22 mos. Learn how you can support these critical #humanservices: homeward.nyc/we-serve/young-families

[image: 44% of the young mothers in our family shelter lived in a shelter as children // Young woman smiling with baby // Homeward NYC logo in white // Young Families Overcoming Homelessness & Abuse]

09/07/2021
From Prison to Politics | The Power of a Pardon (ep. 1)

What happens when a politician creating criminal justice reform has gone through the prison system themself?

This is "The Power of a Pardon," our latest digital series exploring the intimate and, at times, nerve-racking journeys of five individuals as they plead their case for a life-altering pardon. Learn more at bit.ly/powerpardon

What does your housing situation look like this year as compared to pre-pandemic times? Comment below.
09/04/2021

What does your housing situation look like this year as compared to pre-pandemic times? Comment below.

What does your housing situation look like this year as compared to pre-pandemic times? Comment below.

"Pier Kids" director Elegance Bratton reflects on the importance of LGBTQIA+ visibility among communities of color.Watch...
09/03/2021

"Pier Kids" director Elegance Bratton reflects on the importance of LGBTQIA+ visibility among communities of color.

Watch the interview here: to.pbs.org/3kOqLad [via MetroFocus]

"Pier Kids" director Elegance Bratton reflects on the importance of LGBTQIA+ visibility among communities of color.

Watch the interview here: to.pbs.org/3kOqLad [via MetroFocus]

08/31/2021
The Power of a Pardon Preview

How long is enough time to pay the price for one’s crimes? Our new digital series shows how, for some, the only chance for redemption in a flawed criminal justice system is through "The Power of a Pardon.”

New episodes every Tuesday from 9/7-10/5 >> bit.ly/powerpardon

The American Dream means different things to different people. How would you describe the American Dream in 5 words or l...
08/26/2021

The American Dream means different things to different people. How would you describe the American Dream in 5 words or less? Comment below using the hashtag #ChasingTheDreamPBS

The American Dream means different things to different people. How would you describe the American Dream in 5 words or less? Comment below using the hashtag #ChasingTheDreamPBS

A longtime Liberty City resident, says “it’s been our struggle, having our neighborhood taken over.” Miami, Florida resi...
08/09/2021
In Miami’s gentrifying neighborhoods, Surfside condo collapse deepens fears of displacement

A longtime Liberty City resident, says “it’s been our struggle, having our neighborhood taken over.” Miami, Florida residents worry that they may soon be pushed out of their neighborhoods with the rise of high-end developments greenlit in the area.

READ Here: https://wapo.st/3lFObAG
[via @Washington Post ]

In gentrifying communities like Liberty City and Little Haiti — traditionally Black and Latino neighborhoods that are located inland and on higher ground — some residents said they've been pressured by real estate agents and developers who want their property.

Unsung heros: Many women who are now caregivers for their paralyzed spouses are finding it hard to make ends meet. With ...
08/08/2021
Unpaid caregivers: How America treats women caring for paralyzed partners

Unsung heros: Many women who are now caregivers for their paralyzed spouses are finding it hard to make ends meet. With the rise of abuse and fraud reported from at-home caregivers, healthcare providers are hesitant to allow spouses to receive financial support.

READ more: https://wapo.st/2Vzksym
[via Washington Post ]

Three women — all in relationships with men left paralyzed by spinal cord injuries — on why it's so important to acknowledge and compensate the work provided by spouses as caregivers.

The IRS  is blocking the child tax credit from families whose parents have mixed citizenship. This glitch has made it ha...
08/07/2021
Perspective | The IRS erroneously rejected child tax credit payments for some families with an immigrant spouse

The IRS is blocking the child tax credit from families whose parents have mixed citizenship. This glitch has made it hard for families who were anticipating the extra funding due to the pandemic, as the new school year approaches.

READ more: https://wapo.st/3xrmdL3

[via Washington Post ]

Because of an IRS glitch, many families with one immigrant parent have to wait longer for child tax credit payments.

07/28/2021
Policing the Police | Trailer | FRONTLINE PBS

"Policing the Police 2020," which examined the realities of race and policing in America, has been nominated for an Emmy in "Outstanding Writing: Documentary." We share this with our partners FRONTLINE | PBS

The film follows New Yorker writer and historian Jelani Cobb as he returns to a troubled police department he first visited four years ago to examine whether reform can work, and how police departments can be held accountable.

WATCH here: https://to.pbs.org/2YZmYN4

07/12/2021
The Power of the Fed | Trailer | FRONTLINE PBS

“The Fed has inadvertently promoted wealth inequality.”

When COVID-19 struck, the Federal Reserve stepped in to try to avert economic crisis. As the country’s central bank continues to pump billions of dollars into the financial system daily, who is benefiting and at what cost?

Our partner at FRONTLINE | PBS investigates in “The Power of the Fed.”

What’s your Dream Score? Spend five minutes taking this quiz, and you’ll find out what factors were working in your favo...
07/08/2021
Your American Dream Score – Chasing the Dream

What’s your Dream Score? Spend five minutes taking this quiz, and you’ll find out what factors were working in your favor and what you had to overcome to get where you are today.
https://to.pbs.org/2Tr7xh5

Spend five minutes taking this quiz, and you’ll find out what factors were working in your favor and what you had to overcome to get where you are today. At the end, you’ll receive an overall score and a personalized summary of the results (and probably a big dose of pride and gratitude).

07/07/2021

UC Berkeley chancellor, Carol Crist believes older students should be part of a state university's diversity efforts, to reflect today's society. See how these older adults are now catching up on missed educational opportunities. [via PBS NewsHour]

https://to.pbs.org/3htAJfg

Maria Konnikova is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist ... and professional poker player.She uses her exper...
06/22/2021
Luck or Skill? w/ Maria Konnikova | Chasing the Dream PBS

Maria Konnikova is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist ... and professional poker player.

She uses her expertise to answer the question: How much of our success in life is dependent on luck versus skill? On this episode of "Attribution".

Maria Konnikova is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist, and professional poker player. Her latest book,The Biggest Bluff, is now out in paperbac...

Juneteenth, now a federal holiday celebrating African American emancipation, did not always have the support it has toda...
06/18/2021
Juneteenth: A Holiday That Is Evolving Alongside the Nation  – Chasing the Dream

Juneteenth, now a federal holiday celebrating African American emancipation, did not always have the support it has today.

Learn the history and find ways to honor this day in-person and at home.

It has been called our country’s second independence day. Observed by African-Americans since the late 1800s, Juneteenth commemorates the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas. But until recently, this annual celebration of freedom was not well known to most Americans. Ho...

Say their names. Know their stories. Visit the Un(re)solved installation and use augmented reality to bring civil rights...
06/14/2021
Un(re)solved | FRONTLINE | PBS | Home

Say their names. Know their stories. Visit the Un(re)solved installation and use augmented reality to bring civil rights era killings, often racist murders, out of the shadows of the past. Now in NYC's Battery Park.

From our partners at FRONTLINE | PBS

A story of civil rights era cold cases and families still searching for justice.

06/08/2021
The New American Dream | Streaming on Youtube

Examine systemic racism in relation to five pillars of contemporary society: voting rights, artificial intelligence and genetic data, journalism, antiracism, and cultural narrative.

You can stream the New American Dream 5-part townhall series on youtube.com/ChasingtheDreamPBS

Two of our documentaries in partnership with FRONTLINE | PBS made the list!"American Insurrection" which covers the forc...
06/03/2021
The 10 Best Documentaries on PBS to Stream Now

Two of our documentaries in partnership with FRONTLINE | PBS made the list!

"American Insurrection" which covers the forces leading up to the events of January 6th, and "Growing Up Poor" which speaks to children in poverty during the COVID-19 crisis.

Whether your interest lies in nature, history, politics, the arts, or all of the above, PBS has a documentary for nearly every subject out there.

Today starts the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. When did you first learn about the Tulsa Race Massac...
05/31/2021

Today starts the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. When did you first learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre?

"Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten" premieres TONIGHT at 9pm. Learn more: to.pbs.org/34qAzzb

Today starts the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. When did you first learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre?

"Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten" premieres TONIGHT at 9pm. Learn more: to.pbs.org/34qAzzb

05/26/2021
BRAVER THAN THE ONE BEFORE IT: In Search of the New American Dream

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – are they still the pillars of the American Dream, or does systemic racism in the U.S. demand a more radical vision?

Join authors Cathy Park Hong , Patricia Engel, Robert Jones, Jr., Laila Lalami, and Tommy Orange for a conversation on what America means and can become for people long kept at its margins.

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America has been a Republic since 1787. It is NOT a Democracy, that's the problem. Think tying the federal minimum wage to the cost of living for each and every city could help even out our insanely unfair economic system. The government can afford to take all the time it wants, it has no lifespan, you do. The government will continue to do as it pleases. The citizens will never get any of the changes they're screaming for until America begins to replace its Republic with a Democracy! The citizens lack the power to force the government to change and, they have nothing of any value to bargain with. The fact that the citizens have to go to war to get the government to do what they should be doing all on their own proves how dysfunctional, unethical and corrupt we've become and the reason for this is because we’re a Republic and, in our Republic all we can do is complain!
Note...wake up[] .... In 1450[] the Black death took over London... There was no cure[] it was over once people stop being fearful[].. They went back to work[].. And they buried their dead on the weekends[]... Right now this lockdown is killing people[]... But it's not from Covid it's from economic disaster[].. Bruno George
Powerful and thought-provoking.
This is an awesome and encouraging film.
Breaking News: President Trump is indicted so the war with Iran is diversion. See: Commence Trumps Impeachment on youtu.be/32PaPLj-2Vc Also the List of indictments on youtu.be/n2ynH1srCnA includes Nancy Pelosi & Steven Mnuchin all committing criminal charges concealing the checks & balances which are mandatory by law, an essential part of the Constitution which they have evaded in violation of the code of ethics to conceal their own corruption, abuse of power, & oppression owing Jesha Miller 3 billion, 299 million dollars. { Motive to start the war is so he isn't impeached during time of war. American lives cannot be sacrificed for him to stay in office. To prove no integrity in the system see: youtu.be/qDJHbtZsDm8 US Marshal Service refused to arrest Politicians, Judges, & Media as part of organized crime because NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW but you see Director Donald Washington has arrested no one in the Judicial Branch when the reason for the checks & balances is it's the entire Judicial Branch that is corrupt requiring the checks & balances. } President Trump violates oath of office by refusing to honor the checks & balances which is an essential part of the Constitution which upholds the integrity of the Constitution by checking that Branch called out for corruption & abuse of power & President Trump is in obstruction of justice allowing the Judicial Branch to get away with organized crime in this case where the U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler covers for crooked Judges Richard Young & Tanya Pratt who denied the rule of law to continue oppression & the right to freedom of the Press to conceal this from the public. The right to freedom of the press is guaranteed but they denied it to conceal their own corruption, the right to freedom of the press is inviolable meaning cannot be violated & they did. The right to freedom of the press is a safeguard to the Constitution & Democracy by exposing corrupt officials to the public. It is communistic government that denies freedom of the press & separates our Democracy. These are criminal acts under Title 18 sec. 1001, sec. 241, which is conspiracy to deny rights & continued oppression. Go to thefbiwray.blogspot.com to affirm President Trump refused to honor the checks & balances requiring his impeachment. Go to warningto.blogspot.com for the organized crime as they have reverted to the Maryland doctrine of exclusion going back to white supremacy in defiance of the Constitution. President Trump & Congress must be held accountable for continued oppression that went from 145 million to 3 billion 299 million dollars proving they had no intentions to pay for the Judicial Branch default of due process or imposed slavery prohibited by the 13th amendment that abolished slavery. U.S. Attorney General William Barr also concealed the checks & balances which are absolutely necessary of else President Trump & Congress start a war to conceal their own criminal acts & evade the checks & balances of which I'm empowered for a showdown to prove the entire Judicial Branch is corrupt, continued oppression, imposed slavery, see: the checks & balances empower the citizens so I have a status quo politically to impeach the President, Judges, & Politicians & socially I have a net worth of 3 billion, 299 million dollars owed by the rule of law for the Judicial Branch imposing slavery & denying freedom of the press to conceal their own abuse of power from the checks & balances which holds them accountable.
We are the sons of Syria from the areas of the fortress of the Strait We ask the United States, the European Union, Canada and Australia to protect us from Assad, Russia and Iran because the Turkish guarantor is not in his power to protect us We are the sons of Syria from the areas of the fortress of the Strait We ask the European countries, Canada and Australia to protect us from Assad, Russia and Iran because the Turkish guarantor is not in his power to protect us
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. Heartbreaking, moving, and tremendously worthwhile.