Blog Action Day 2008 is today, October 15th. Thousands of other bloggers across the world are writing on the same issue today: poverty. Why? Simply to raise awareness of the problem and get a discussion going.
In my mind, like many issues, the problems here in the States get lost in the discussion of poverty. A quick fact to give you perspective:
Poverty in the United States is cyclical in nature with roughly 12% to 16% living below the federal poverty line at any given point in time, and roughly 40% falling below the poverty line at some time within a 10 year time span.
The facts are that a lot of people in the U.S. are poor…somewhere around 35 million. I think if we solved our poverty issues in the States, as a stronger Nation we could then help to solve some of the World’s massive poverty issues.
So, can poverty in the U.S. be “solved”? And if it can, what is the solution? Government programs? Education? Food? (it’s hard to believe people are going without enough food here in the U.S., but they are)
If you’d like to give to an organization that’s involved with solving poverty, the Blog Action Day website suggests Heifer International.