Let’s Talk About Barriers to Quitting Poverty

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Trained, as I am, as a master’s level social worker, I tend to group barriers into three categories: personal (micro), local (mezzo) and global (macro). From that lens, today I want to talk about what you can and can’t (immediately) change about the circumstances that are keeping you poor.

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To Honor Him, Help Nelson Mandela End Poverty

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I am deeply saddened that Nelson Mandela passed away this week. His beliefs are that his soul lives on, and I certainly hope, for all of our sakes, that his spirit lives on. Nelson Mandela Worked to End Poverty: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” From the 2005…

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How Will You Benefit from Getting Rid of Welfare?

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Lots of people talk about how poor people ‘rip off’ the system and how money is ‘wasted’ on programs for the poor. There is a lot of emotional energy invested in these arguments, and people get loud, and start shouting over each other, and friendships end over discussions of why poor people don’t ‘deserve’ help. So let’s not go that route. I want to ask you a question, instead. How will you benefit from getting rid of welfare? Lets imagine a world in which ‘entitlements’ for the poor in America have been eliminated, and give it about twenty years for…

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‘Being Poor’ and the Margin of Error

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Shortly after Hurricane Katrina came, when a bunch of people who should have known better blamed the poor in New Orleans for not getting out of the city, John Scalzi wrote a post on his blog Whatever called ‘Being Poor’. It is an amazing post, one I revisit regularly, and when I do I read as many of the 2000+ comments it received. A good ways down that wall of comments that are equally amazing as the original post, Scalzi comes back in to refute a troll and clarify a couple of issues with this gem: “Being poor is not…

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