Contemporary Expression


Blog Action Day – Poverty
October 15, 2008, 5:37 pm
Filed under: Blog Action Day

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a single-parent would have to work 95 hours per week at minimum wage in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in Nashville, which is $723 per month.

Nelson Mandela: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. Poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the collective actions of human beings.”

Some facts about poverty in Nashville from The Tennessean:
Nashville has an overall poverty rate of 14.9 percent.

• More white people in Nashville, 42,680, live in poverty than African-Americans, 41,270
• Of African-Americans in Nashville, 25.4 percent live in poverty — the highest percentage among the city’s racial groups.
• 10,298 Nashvillians of Hispanic origin live below poverty, 22.7 percent of that population.

Of the people in Nashville under age 18, 24.7 percent live in poverty

How To Do Something:
ACTION FOR THE HOMELESS
http://www.homelesspower.org/
FOOD
http://www.secondharvestnashville.org/
EDUCATION = CONFIDENCE
GIVE TO ARTS EDUCATION FOR TITLE ONE SCHOOLS
http://www.nashvilleshakes.org/teachers.htm
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