This blog post originally appeared on the Social Impact Exchange's website.
I had a fantastic experience at this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Impact. Despite being one of the few people from the non-profit sector, I was warmly welcomed to join for an extraordinary two days.
“If a person always says you’re nothing; you’re nothing,” explained Tamira,* a mother who participated in our research study, “Childhood Stress.” The Childhood Stress study, results of which were recently published in Public Health Nutrition, sought to investigate childhood adversity among parents and caregivers who reported household food insecurity. In this study, the research team and I sat in living rooms, cars, and l
Witnesses to Hunger in the Senate Rotunda advocating to end child hunger in 2015 with Senator Casey.
President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address on this past Tuesday. While there is much to be said about the slow but steady improvement of our economy, it was disappointing to see the President actively ignore the topic of poverty in the US.
On an early September evening, the Witnesses to Hunger exhibit in New Haven, CT opened to a crowd of about sixty people. The exhibit, held in City Hall, featured 28 photographs from members of Witnesses to Hunger and twelve never-before-seen photos taken by community members who took pictures and provided commentary on the reality of hunger and poverty in the New Haven area.
Witnesses to Hunger participants from Boston trudged through the snow and slush to Boston’s City Hall and the Massachusetts State House last week to do what they do best – educate and advocate. With the Witnesses and our partners at Children’s HealthWatch, we visited with the Staff at the Mayor’s office and three state legislative offices to brief them on the daily realities for too many Boston residents.
This past Tuesday, I attended the President’s State of the Union address as the guest of Senator Robert Casey, Jr. It was an experience I won’t forget. I was honored to be there to represent all Americans who live with and try to break the cycle of poverty, including those in my community.
Today, the majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, see economic inequality as a growing problem in America. But how to solve this problem is where the division begins.
When the general public believes our inequality is such a big issue, many will think it is a problem insurmountable – that our social structures and the effectiveness of our government are ill-equipped to make a real change to this injustice. They accept that our democracy is broken.