Let's Start a New Message for People in Poverty
What do you imagine when you think of American culture?
I see bootstraps. When I think of American culture I think about personal responsibility and equal opportunity. I was raised on the idea that I could do anything I wanted to if I got an education. But today, that American dream seems only to be available to the middle class and the wealthy.
Here's why: The wicked step sister of personal responsibility and equal opportunity is blame and shame. Specifically, because "America is the land of opportunity" we blame people experiencing economic hardship, unemployment, and poverty for their situations and tell them that it's their fault that they are poor.
Of course, the story is far more complex than that. According to a 2013 study by The Pew Charitable Trust, 70 percent of people born into poverty...never get out. That's because there are real causes for poverty including lack of access to living wage jobs, affordable housing, childcare, and transportation, to name just a few. Coupled with the discrimination and the blame for their situations the poor face, it's not surprising that America is struggling to provide the equal opportunities our culture cherishes.
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By Tracy Moua, Daily Work Case Management Intern Allies are important to social justice movements because they work as agents for social change. An ally is someone who supports and advocates for the equality, equity, dignity, and rights of oppressed people groups of which they are not a part. An ally is also someone who challenges people and systems who, consciously or unconsciously, perpetuate oppression against those oppressed groups... Read More
Do you or or does someone you know have workplace skills or expertise they could share with our job seekers?
We are seeking professionals willing to donate an an hour or two of their time to share their wisdom with our job seekers. We cover topics such as effective interviewing, online applications, how to advance at your company, financial literacy, workplace professionalism, and more. Job Club meets every first and third Tuesday from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. The next one is July 21.
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