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[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.