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Oxfam America Stimulates Discussion on Poverty

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In an effort to stimulate discussion and debate about poverty in the United States, Oxfam America has begun a new series called Voices on US Poverty: Right the Wrong.

Oxfam America's president, Raymond C. Offenheiser, understands that poverty is a significant issue. With 50 million Americans living on incomes below the federal poverty line and estimates stating that as many as 1 in 3 Americans currently struggle to make ends meet and live below, at, or near poverty, the organization has setup a method of increasing debate on the issue with their Voices on US Poverty: Right the Wrong series. Mr. Offenheiser had this to say on the subject:

"We believe poverty is about power, not scarcity. It’s time to tackle this injustice head on. Poverty and inequality, and the social exclusion they breed, are wrongs to be righted, whether they occur in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or the United States. We need a lively national conversation about how we can right this wrong here at home.”

With this in mind Oxfam America has compiled many essays by prominent activists, researchers, and others to provoke the conversation of poverty within the United States. Some of the essays that have been included in this series are:

  • Ai-jen Poo - "Building a Caring Economy" - Activist, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Shake the World" discusses improving the rights and protections of domestic workers and those that are employed in the "care economy." With the need for domestic workers expected to increase over the following years Ai-jen Poo makes the case that domestic workers, who were excluded from the right to organize unions and workplace protections afforded to almost every other form of employment, is necessary to addressing poverty and growing the middle class in America.
  • Ray Offenheiser - "Poverty at Home" - The president of Oxfam America for over 15 years and with 30 years of experience in field programming, grant making, and professional management in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States, Offenheiser discusses the inequality seen within the United States and the imbalance of power and privilege and how Voices of Poverty will help to address these issues.

More essays will be forthcoming from other thought leaders in the area of poverty, with these individuals voicing their personal opinions on specific issues that do not necessarily reflect those of Oxfam America. The important part is that debate can be stirred about what to do about such an important issue in the United States as well as around the world.


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