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(The Atlantic) – Like many mothers raising children in Chicago’s housing projects in the 1990s and 2000s, Seitia Harris was afraid of the drugs and violence that were pervasive in the neighborhood where she lived, Altgeld Gardens on the city’s South Side.
She made sure to provide her three children with every opportunity she could, taking them to ballet lessons, after-school academic programs, plays and activities around the city, encouraging them to work hard at school and stay away from drugs.
But the specter of violence and poverty was hard to escape.
Unsurprising but important report confirms what people of color in Milwaukee already knew
Milwaukee community leaders have been speaking out about racial disparities and the struggles of hard-working, well-meaning African-American families to get ahead for decades. Now, a new report from the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families confirms that Wisconsin has the largest gap between the well-being of white and black children in the country.
While the well-being of white children in Wisconsin ranks tenth nationally, the well-being of Latino children ranks seventeenth, Asian children are thirty-seventh, African American children rank …
Local Faith Leaders Discuss Ways to Combat Poverty
MILWAUKEE – A coalition of faith leaders and community activists came together today at Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union for the Wisconsin Poverty Summit.
The theme of the event was “Combating Poverty: Elevating the Debate”, which focused on the questions of what poverty looks like in Wisconsin, what role faith communities ought to play in fighting poverty, and what differences people of faith can make in their communities.
During the Summit, attendees heard remarks from Bishop Donald Hying of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Rev. …
Residents provided feedback on a troubling trend in Milwaukee County… the tie between youth and poverty.
The local residents and representatives from area organizations working with young people took part in a pair of public forums held by the SDC Task Force on Youth and Poverty.
They heard how many children are living in poverty in the Milwaukee area including statistics that show the City of Milwaukee has the third highest rate (53%) of children living in a household with no parent who is fully employed.
The hearings were held at Journey House …
The Social Development Commission (SDC) has appointed a task force to focus on the impact of poverty on youth in Milwaukee County.
The task force will hold two community town hall meetings to gather input from community stakeholders on this issue, and its two co-chairs will meet with local policymakers and government officials to gain a greater understanding of the youth advocacy work already being done.
The task force intends to complete its work by July 1.
“The cyclical theme of poverty in our community is having an adverse impact on the lives …
By Damon Dorsey
President, Milwaukee Regional Economic Partnership
It doesn’t take a social scientist to tell us that poverty is a persistent problem in Milwaukee and other cities across the country. Poverty has been talked about for years as a problem that must be eradicated, eliminated and destroyed. And I agree that poverty must be eliminated but we seldom hear solutions for eliminating poverty. I propose that the only way to eliminate poverty is to eliminate the apparatus that sustains the poverty industry.
Recently, Aldermen Joe Davis and Ashanti Hamilton and NAACP …
A door-to door survey conducted for SDC by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) shows little change in the incidence and prevalence of poverty in Milwaukee’s central city.
Researchers surveyed residents of the City of Milwaukee’s 18 Neighborhood Strategic Planning areas which have been identified as having a high incidence of poverty and/or the need for community-based services.
The work by UWM-CUIR was part of a community needs assessment for the Social Development Commission (SDC). That assessment is regularly conducted by SDC as part of the agency’s …
By Marian Wright Edelman
In his last Sunday sermon at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. King retold the parable of the rich man Dives who ignored the poor and sick man Lazarus who came every day seeking crumbs from Dives’ table. Dives went to hell, Dr. King said, not because he was rich but because he did not realize his wealth was his opportunity to bridge the gulf separating him from his brother and allowed Lazarus to become invisible.
He warned this could happen to rich America, “If we don’t use …
By Caryn Freeman
Special to the NNPA
This year’s Black Press Week held in Washington, DC culminated with the award ceremony honoring Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, who received an award for community service and founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Eldelmen who received a lifetime achievement award for her leadership as the nation’s biggest advocate for of undeserved and underprivileged children.
Ben Jealous got his start in journalism at the Jackson Advocate in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the youngest person to hold the position of President …
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released the following statement in recognition of Poverty in America Awareness Month.
“Today, the unemployment rate stands at 8.6 percent and despite recent economic growth more than 43 million Americans including 14.7 million children live in poverty, the highest in the more than 50 years since we have been tracking this data. The poverty rate among women climbed to 14.5 percent in 2010 from 13.9 percent in 2009, the highest in 17 years, and minority communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by higher unemployment and will experience …