by Selina Johnson, Wylam Branch Library
January is Poverty Awareness Month. It is a month-long initiative to increase awareness and call attention to the steady growth of poverty in the United States. So many people are victims of circumstances that have brought them to a world with little to no income and that triggers limited access to resources. Most have formed preconceived notions of the poor as being lazy, mentally ill, disheveled, drug addicted; however, a day in the shoes of someone living in the clutches of poverty would provide a better understanding of their world. There are millions of working poor who may not be homeless but fall at or below the poverty line and are a crisis away from being without a home and basic necessities.
All of us want a better quality of life but sometimes life simply gets in the way. Family break ups, loss of jobs, natural disasters, illnesses, and addiction are just a few of the circumstances that will render anyone to hopelessly spiraling into poverty. So, this month take some time out to get a better understanding of the plight of those who are confronted with poverty each day. Listed below are a few titles that you can check out at the Birmingham Public Library.
Poverty and Hunger by Louise Spilsbury
Poverty in America: Cause or Effect? by Joan Axelrod-Contrada
The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky
Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America by Ella Howard.
Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.: How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin
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