Premilla Nadasen: Extreme Poverty Returns to America, Washington Post

Professor Premilla Nadasen writes that poverty has once again become a major problem in the United States, as a larger number of Americans are in the most impoverished circumstances.

The growth of extreme poverty in the land of plenty is an indicator that we shouldn’t be talking about how to slash spending on social programs, but how to expand services and better meet the needs of the vulnerable among us. One and a half million American households live in extreme poverty today, nearly twice as many as 20 years ago. If this trend continues, we will undoubtedly see the number of extremely poor Americans rise dramatically, imperiling the values of democracy and human rights.

Check out her full op-ed at The Washington Post

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