Poverty in the Midst of Plenty

Philip Alston, an Australian academic who is the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has just finished a nine-day tour of poverty in America, which included visits to Los Angeles, San Francisco, the deep South, Puerto Rico, and West Virginia. 

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What We Take for Granted

I've been largely absent from the blog for the last several months. Those of you who know me recognize that I've been focused on healing in the wake of a stroke I suffered in my spinal cord early in the morning of December 5.

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Jane SmithComment
Making Ends Meet on a Minimum Wage

One chapter in Suffer the Children describes the difficulties of living on a minimum-wage in America today.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology living wage calculator estimates that a family with two adults and two children living in our previous home county in western Pennsylvania needs to have a yearly income of $33,257 to pay its basic expenses. That requires an hourly wage of $16, which is more than double the current minimum wage.

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Helping Deadbeat Dads--A Father's Day Reflection

Growing up without a relationship with one’s father often has devastating consequences for children, especially boys.  Not having a father negatively affects both boys and girls.  Boys who fail to connect with their fathers because of their physical absence or emotional distance often experience “father hunger.”

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Child Poverty in Pittsburgh

We all know the clichés: Children are the future, children are innocent, children are precious in God’s sight, children can be anything they want to be. Many children in today’s world, however, have very limited opportunities.

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Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington

I had lunch today with Ben David, the district attorney for Hanover and Pender counties, which includes the Wilmington area.  In Suffer the Children we feature David’s terrific work to help children, focusing on two organization he created in Wilmington—Teen Court and the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC).

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