[NEWS] Mary Scullion: While in Philly for convention, get to know the poor
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
When thousands of politicos, media, and other visitors descend on Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, they will be coming to a city that gave birth to the American vision of a society boldly rooted in freedom, a city with a rich and powerful history of struggle for social transformation and the fulfillment of our national project of liberty and justice for all.
But they are also coming to a city with a staggering 26 percent poverty rate - and half of those Philadelphians live in deep poverty, below the poverty line. (The official federal poverty level for a family of four is $24,300.) Almost one of every three children in Philadelphia experiences poverty - which indicates how far we are from fulfilling that bold social vision.