Frequent visitors of this site are deeply committed to helping those who suffer poverty and are committed to a systemic change approach that goes beyond handouts. At the same time it might be that despite good will, not all have personal experience of what it is like to feel ground down in a system. Poverty is a […]
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“Could You Survive in Poverty?” This checklist was developed by Ruby K. Payne, an author and researcher in the field of socioeconomics whose work I’ve followed for years — but it’s a perfect gauge for how well you’d do if worse literally came to worse. It’s not at all a joke; I bet actual poverty […]
What happened to the issue of poverty? Like a set of misplaced keys, I know it was there a minute ago but now I can’t find it. Within the past year, poverty was the issue of the day on the national stage. Stemming from the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, elected officials and […]
This month, Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy commencing on December 8, and in a few short days, January marks Poverty Awareness Month as sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). As Vincentians, focused on ways to minimize and eliminate poverty in its various ugly manifestations that we see regularly in […]
Two posts concerning writing and speaking about poverty caught my eye. So much depends upon where you stand. The first piece by well-known author Barbara Ehrenreich laments the fact that only the moderately well-to-do can afford to write about poverty. The second piece, by Phylis Zagano, speaks of the difficulty for the moderately well off to […]
This report provides a new understanding of the growing ways in which those in poverty are disproportionately targeted, marginalized, and prosecuted.
How Expensive It Is to Be Poor The Pew Research Center released a study that found that most wealthy Americans believed “poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.” This is an infuriatingly obtuse view of what it means to be poor in this country — […]
The saddest thing in the world is not poverty; it’s loss of dignity
Hunger Games – A Walmart alert! … The report, named Walmart’s Hunger Games, links Walmart’s business practices to the hunger of its workers.
Donna Beegle grew up in generational poverty, could not read a newspaper at 28 yet now has a Ph.D. Watch the video of her keynote address at the 2014 St. Vincent de Paul National Assembly in Atlanta.