The War on Poverty is the Greatest Policy Failure in Modern America

 

 “We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside…but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch, you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why poverty matters to us! 

Poverty matters to us because it mattered to Dr. King. Our work and witness are inspired by his words. For us, ending poverty is squarely rooted in the legacy of a King who fought against poverty until his dying day on April 4, 1968. Lest we forget that, Dr. King’s final trip, his final mission, was to go stand beside the poor sanitation workers in Memphis who were fighting for better wages, bargaining rights, and safer working conditions. Dr. King’s last battles involved the eradication of poverty.

 

What you need to know about poverty in the United States!

 

© Chris Caruso and Media Mobilizing
Graphic Design: Nate Adams and Mindi Mumaw

Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau

 

Chart courtesy of The Rich and the Rest of Us (SmileyBooks).

© Chris Caruso and Media Mobilizing
Graphic Design: Nate Adams and Mindi Mumaw

Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Labor, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.