If numbers from a series of new reports on poverty are anything to go by the Great Recession is still roiling away around Philadelphia.
See also: (212) Philadelphia, PA
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From our unscientific standpoint scanning the Internet for items on suburban poverty, it looks as if US headlines like this one have tailed off a little. That doesn’t mean the reality is any better, though. Well into a federal election poverty is taking a distant backseat to such nonsense as Donald “Crazy Man” Trump’s proposal for a wall on the Mexican-US border or Hillary “It’s My Turn” Clinton’s email server impropriety.
This is a crisis: suburban poverty growing, school lunch data shows
The non-profit Annie E. Casey Foundation chose to focus on children and low income families recently. Financial instability does a lot of damage to such families but there are sensible strategies available for responding. Good sense is found in approaching the needs and issues of children and parents simultaneously.
Creating opportunity for families. A two-generation approach
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A major indicator for child poverty is the number of charts made to describe it. Twenty-five years ago then NDP leader Ed Broadbent introduced a motion in Canada’s parliament to end child poverty. It passed unanimously. Right now, child poverty is up in Canada. Where did we go wrong? The economy is bigger than ever though we’ve had a stupid war or two and lots of neoconservatism since 1989. Here’s four more charts for us to ponder.
Child poverty is up in Canada even after vowing in 1989 to end it
Mr. Broadbent in 1989:
This cold week of Remembrance Day 2014 included the voice of Harry Leslie Smith, 91. Smith experienced the Great Depression and World War II, firstly as a child, then as a working person and soldier. The difficulties and losses of those years are attached, in a book Smith has written, to the progress made after 1945. Harry’s Last Stand describes its author’s fear that the erosion of the security and quality of life for middle and working class people is disastrous in ways all too familiar to his generation. Young people coming of age in an era of austerity and inequality face diminished prospects according to Smith. His words are delivered gently but carry very serious things.
Why this 91-year old veteran fears we’re losing what we won after WWII
And the very same week, what appears other than a brutal report on child poverty in Toronto? This is why social safety nets were invented and need to be fought for. This is exactly what Smith is talking about.
Hidden epidemic: a report on child and family poverty in Toronto