Its findings are damning.
40 million in poverty
18.5 million in extreme poverty
**5.3 million in "Third World conditions of absolute poverty”
“Zip codes… are tragically reliable predictors of a child’s future employment & income prospects… & the equality of opportunity… is a myth, especially for minorities, women, many middle-class White workers.”
in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not include rights that guard against dying of hunger, from a lack of access to affordable health care, or growing up in a context of total deprivation.”
“…the policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those not in employment & make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned..."
“The $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December 2017 overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality… [and will] ensure that the United States remains the most unequal society in the developed world.”
“The case of Walmart, the largest employer in the United States, is instructive. Many of its workers cannot survive on a full-time wage in the absence of food stamps. This fits in a broader trend…”
❗️18% of U.S. children were poor in 2016
❗️1 in 3 poor Americans is a child
❗️On any given night in 2017, over 20% of homeless individuals were children
“Poor oral hygiene and disfiguring dental profiles lead to unemployability in many jobs, being shunned in the community and being left unable to function effectively.”
“Lack of Internet...in rural impoverished communities negatively affects access to social protection benefits, other government services & even employment…” but “the government has no serious plans to improve access”
Like piles of *coal ash* “which contains chemicals that cause cancer, developmental disorders & reproductive problems, & is reportedly dumped in ~1,400 sites around the U.S.—70% of which are in low-income communities.”
“Poor pregnant women... subjected to interrogations... effectively surrendering their privacy rights…”
Poverty treated “as a form of ‘child neglect’… & thus as cause to remove a child from the home”
“Black women with cervical cancer...have lower survival rates than White women due to later diagnosis & treatment differences...” and “black women are 3-4 times more likely to die [in childbirth]...”
… in which they experience exploitation, abuse & wage theft, and are refused access to utilities such as water, but are unable to seek assistance or protection for fear of deportation…”
Persistent racial disparities in poverty rates, health, employment, earnings & more “can only be explained by long-standing structural discrimination on the basis of race, reflecting the enduring legacy of slavery.”
“…thereby triggering a range of racist responses... The loaded & inaccurate message parts of the media want to convey is ‘lazy Blacks sponge off hard-working Whites.’”
“It is striking how much weight is given to caricatured narratives about the purported innate differences between rich and poor that are consistently peddled by some politicians and media.”
“Some politicians… were completely sold on the narrative of such scammers sitting on comfortable sofas, watching cable television or spending their days on their smartphones, all paid for by welfare..."
overwhelmingly those born into poverty or thrust there by circumstances largely beyond their control, such as physical/mental disabilities, divorce/family breakdown, illness, old age, unlivable wages, discrimination in the job market.”
Contrary to their narrative, “the war on poverty [was] highly successful… U.S. poverty fell nearly 40%" [1967-2012] and programs like Social Security & SNAP “prevented about 44m Americans from poverty in 2016.”
“The assumption... is that there are a great many jobs out there waiting to be filled by individuals with low education...often with disabilities…sometimes burdened with a criminal record (often poverty related)…”
“There was a 748 (!) % increase in the number of children of single-mother families experiencing $2-a-day poverty between 1995 and 2012” – following the huge hole so-called “welfare reform” blew in the safety net
(the ! is the UN’s)
“Calls for welfare reform take place against a constant drumbeat of allegations of widespread fraud in the system…” yet fraud is exceedingly rare and often conflated with improper payments.
“... large numbers of whom allegedly receive disability allowances when they could actually be working full time.”
“Overt disenfranchisement” of 6m people w/felony convictions
“Covert disenfranchisement” via “artificial & unnecessary voter ID requirements,” gerrymandering “to privilege particular groups of voters…”
Widespread criminalization of homelessness “reflects political choices to see the solution as law enforcement rather than adequate, accessible housing, medical treatment, counseling, job training”
“…while generating revenue to fund not only the justice system but many others” through fines & fees.
“The use of the legal system to raise revenue, not to promote justice… is pervasive”
“are a perfect way to ensure that the poor, living in communities that have refused to invest in serious public transport systems, are unable to earn a living that might have helped to pay the outstanding debt”
in which “wealthy defendants can secure their freedom while poor defendants are likely to stay in jail, with severe consequences... loss of jobs, disruption of childcare, inability to pay rent, & deeper destitution”
“Instead of responding with increased funding & improved access to vital care... the federal & many state governments have instead mounted concerted campaigns to reduce & restrict access to health care..."
“In the United States, it is poverty that needs to be arrested, not the poor simply for being poor,” the report reads.
(yes that’s the U.N.’s actual phrasing)
“There is a real need for the realization to sink in among the majority of the American population that taxes are not only in their interest, but also perfectly reconcilable with a growth agenda.”
GOP leaders like Paul Ryan didn’t even care enough to meet with the U.N. rapporteur for this report. talkpoverty.org/2018/06/01/un-…
Remember this in November.