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More on the Poverty Numbers

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director

It has been a little Orwellian the last few days.   On the one hand, poverty has taken a sharp turn upwards with record numbers of people living below the federal poverty line and unemployment is persistently high.   On the other, the stock market has continued its rise and the recession is “over,” at least from the perspective of economists. 

 In response to the new census data and the crisis in the real economy, there have been a number of good reports that provide important insights.   The following are worth a read: 

Finally, the anti-poverty community mourns the loss of Ambrose Lane  a clear and consistent voice against inequality.   In his advocacy and on his WPFW radio show  he reported on the connection between race and poverty and gave voice to those who are often ignored.    He is missed.

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