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Long Lines in D.C. Shouldn’t Be Filled With the City’s Poor
The Washington Post published an article on Tuesday by Petula Dvorak in its Metro Section entitled Long lines in D.C. shouldn’t be filled with the city’s poor, discussing the work of Defeat Poverty DC. Defeat Poverty DC is a coalition of social justice organizations that is working to turn the focus of this year’s city elections to poverty. The article features one of Legal Aid’s clients, Neki Swinton, with whom I have been working for the last two years. Ms. Swinton has been a remarkable voice for those living in poverty in this city, speaking out time and again about the importance of maintaining the District’s safety net. Ms. Dvorak’s column gives a brief glimpse into the precarious state of families who are barely surviving in this economy – families who now face devastating consequences as a result of even the slightest changes in circumstances, such as losing a paycheck due to illness.