Poverty

The Silent Killer

CHILDREN ARE DYING

22,000 kids die on a daily basis due to poverty!
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The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

America Needs to Care!

It would take only 1 percent of GDP, or a fourth of what we spend on defense every year, to lift every American below the poverty line up above it.
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"That so many leaders of a country with a $17 trillion economy tolerate so much misery amid so much plenty—normalizing child hunger and allowing a significant part of the labor force to work full-time (if not more) and yet still be unable to pay basic bills—is one of the great scandals of our age."
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Why So Selfish?

Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, chastised Ft. Lauderdale’s approach. “Maintaining city streets is a legitimate concern, but simply punishing homeless people for leaving their possessions in public places is not an effective or humane way to address it,” she told ThinkProgress. “Instead, city and business leaders should work with advocates and homeless people to develop alternative short and long term solutions, such as public storage options for homeless people and affordable housing.”

Citations

"11 Facts About Global Poverty." DoSomething.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

"How Much Money Would It Take to Eliminate Poverty In America?" The American Prospect. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

"America's Shameful Poverty Stats." The Nation. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

"Florida City About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Have Possessions In Public." ThinkProgress RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

Nick Dietrich

9/16/14

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