Urban street people in difficulty require major help and commitment of resources. Which leads us quickly to important moral and logistical propositions most of us are content to have nothing to do with. Recent work suggests over $50,000 per year is required.
Sometimes a single statistic stops us in our tracks.
A woman in Texas is ten times as likely to die due to pregnancy than a woman in Sweden or Spain. This morbidity is right at the top of the ”developed” world’s list. Among other things, it defies the experience of countries where maternal mortality can be zero in certain years.
As with food and fuel we can attach hygiene to the word poverty more easily than we like. Making poverty a plural may be pushing it a little at the moment but if we continue with our present economic systems we might just have to. This UK item squares with our observations of a busy drop in centre in the Greater Toronto Area where personal care supplies were always very popular.
This past weekend saw the international March for Science take place in something like 600 communities. We can hardly think of anything as heartening as smart people the world over gathering for science. Adhering to a theme of knowledge and objectivity is this piece from Nautilus. Its author looks into the reality of living a life of deep uncertainty and stress. We really urge you to read this one because it is starting to look like poverty doesn’t just deform personal behaviour and therefore lead us to injury. Poverty can be increasingly seen as harmful to us at cellular and genetic levels and in our body chemistry. An understanding of the science of poverty should allow us to stop attributing its existence of some combination of personal character and systemic inevitability and to rationally treating it.
News from the United States these days is pretty grim for working people and many a town there is long in need of greatness. Something tells us, when we read about what seems like a burned out working class or ex-working class, that a lot more than protectionism, reserve bank gyrations and interest rate fiddlings will be required to restore a general prosperity to America. Public health seems a bigger part of the story than is generally accepted. To wit, a couple of recent features:
Precarious employment really is a form of second-class citizenship that isn’t good for us. A confluence of recent studies back that up, including a recent survey of Ontario Federation of Labour members.