If you haven't heard, the US Census released a report on poverty in the US a couple of days ago. If you haven't had a chance, go check it out...
The big deal in it is that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in poverty. Given that the threshold for poverty is potentially a bit low, if you add in the number of people who struggle to make ends meet but don't actually qualify as 'poor' the true of number of Americans who are hurting economically is probably higher, though I'll not try make an assumption as to how much higher.
While there are numerous ideas on how to help the US economy and to alleviate the poverty we face, I'd like to remind everybody that until we address the injustice facing so many of our fellow human beings, we will never be able to truly combat poverty.
That is not an easy fight and it's not a fight that any one of us can win on our own. But by standing together and supporting leaders and organizations who are committed to fighting injustice and changing how our political and economic systems operate we can work together to create real change. With national elections a little over a year away we have a real opportunity, not to mention a calling, to help start the country down a road that leads us away from fear and self-centered actions and towards a place that is fightin injustice and demonstrating how love can win (to steal a line from Rob
J Trapp (our resident expert on all things global and social awareness) writes...