On February 26th, 2013, BAPS youth leadership group, a program of the American Friends Service Committee, traveled to the West Virginia State Capitol for Kids and Families Day. Students participated in the kickoff of the statewide child poverty campaign, Our Children, Our Future: The Campaign to End Child Poverty
Photos: Beth Spence
On February 26th, 2013 BAPS youth leadership group, a program of the American Friends Service Committee, traveled to the State Capitol for Kids and Families Day, to participate in the kickoff of the statewide child poverty campaign, Our Children, Our Future: The Campaign to End Child Poverty.
At Kids and Families Day at State Capitol ready to speak up about poverty
Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Addiction? Incarceration? Unemployment? Obesity? All these issues stem from vulnerable families trying to get by on a wage that is not live-able or in communities where jobs are scarce. In 1970, the median job paid roughly $20/hour. Today, it's less than half that. Our country can thrive when people have the means to rise out of poverty.
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On February 26th, youth participants of the Appalachian Center for Equality's leadership group will participate in Kids and Families Day at the State Capitol. We will have breakfast at the Governor's Mansion where House Speaker Rick Thompson will talk about his personal experience living in poverty as a child.
In the grip of the Great Depression, as 89 percent of Lincoln County residents struggled to survive on meager relief payments and 6,000 children in McDowell County could not go to school because they didn’t have clothing, West Virginia’s democratic governors resisted federal initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.
In An Appalachian New Deal: West Virginia in the Great Depression, Jerry B. Thomas relates how Gov. Guy Kump spoke out against a national “spending orgy” as he withdrew rural road projects, reduced relief rolls and slashed payments for desperate families.
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