One woman’s crusade to end poverty

“Broke in America” author Joanne Samuel Goldblum discusses how limited access to basic needs like diapers is one of the key contributing factors to poverty.
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we are back with the mom who just couldn't take being able to provide for her kids while so many others around her struggled so something as basic as diapers became her call to action. Take a look at this. I started the national diaper bank network in 2010. I just couldn't get past the fact that my kids had what they needed and other people didn't. Colleen and I decided to write "Broke in America" over three years ago. We interviewed people from across the country, poverty is everywhere in the United States and black and brown people live in poverty, a considerably higher rate than white people. In the U.S. We really often demonize people who live in poverty. We think that people aren't working hard enough. What Colleen and I have learned is that people who are struggling financially tend to work harder than anyone else and the more money you have, the easier it is to get out of difficult situations. There was so much that I was sort of allowed to get away with, you know, as a middle class -- upper middle class mother, if I forgot lump or didn't sign a paper, somebody would always step in. So many of the families interviewed for this book talk about the fact that they're not given that forgiveness. Small things impact big things. We really hope that when people read "Broke in America," that they come away feeling hopeful. If you do a diaper drive or a food drive, take a picture and send it to your elected official and tell them that you vote based on your ideals. Call your local school board and find out what the attendance is at school and if your community last a problem with that. Get involved to help. In your community if you don't have a problem with water, some communities do, stop buying bottled water. What keeps me going is that we can change it. In a country as wealthy as the United States, we shouldn't have people who are hungry. Poverty is a man-made condition and if we created it, we can end it. That's one way to put it. It's man-made. That new book, "Broke in America: Seeing, understanding and ending U.S. Poverty," now

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