Being poor in America has changed little since the War on Poverty fifty years ago. It still
comes with isolation from the possibilities that most Americans take for granted. Today
there is a movement to shame and devalue the lives of the poor more than ever with drug
testing, limitations on what people may purchase with food stamps and myths about how
their lives are easy because they receive assistance. The combination of condescension and
disdain only lead to fewer opportunities and a lack of personal freedom. The Poor Peoples
Coalition’ mission is to make changes to benefit the lives and health of the poor.
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