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Statewide Poverty Action Network US Census Bureau on Poverty
Council for the Homeless Children's Alliance Oxfam
Feb 2018
Downtown Camas merchants say homelessness on rise
Police leaders, advocacy groups warn against criminalizing the unhoused
Post Record

The woman calling herself “Istanbul” sat outside the Camas Public Library Monday evening, her worldly possessions spread around her.

“I’m trying to dry them,” she said, pointing to the array of blankets she’d fanned on the grassy hillside. “So they don’t get moldy.”  Asked if she was sleeping on the streets, the woman nodded.  “I try to find someplace dry, someplace covered,” she said.  She had recently been burned in a fire, the woman added, pointing to her head, which was covered in a substance that looked and smelled like mustard — something known to relieve the pain of burns.  “I lost my apartment,” she said. “There was an electrical fire.”  Did she feel safe sleeping out in the open?  “I guess,” she replied. “My clothes are still here.”  Did she need anything?  “I had ice cream today — from Dairy Queen. It was really good,” she replied. “So, I feel full today.”

Across the street, inside Camas City Hall, the city council’s Feb. 5 work session had just begun.  The woman had no way of knowing, but inside City Hall, a group of concerned business owners had gathered before the Camas City Council to talk about people just like her.

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Nov 2016
Who Is My Neighbor?

The Face of Poverty in Washington State
A Pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington

“I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us. … We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them.” – Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 198

The Face of Poverty Poverty has a face. It is more than an issue to be discussed or a problem to be solved. Poverty has a human face. It is the face of Linda, who, while out of work and raising her family, often did not know how she would provide the next meal for her children. At times she put food coloring in the children’s eggs, just to make mealtime less monotonous. Linda has stage 4 cancer, and her limited access to adequate health care adds a disquieting uncertainty to her bleak prognosis. But Linda is a fighter who has overcome drug addiction and homelessness, and now she’s helping raise her grandchildren.

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July 2015
We asked, they answered: Candidates talk poverty
Sojourners Magazine

... This year more than 100 Christian leaders from the Circle have asked a question of the presidential candidates — both Democrat and Republican — on the day they announced their decision to run: “What would you do as president to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world?” We asked each one to submit a brief video explaining their answer.

I hope you take some time to watch the videos at ...

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Jan 2015
Richest 1% to own half of world’s wealth by 2016, says Oxfam

Paris (AFP) - Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland. "The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast," Oxfam executive director Winnie Byanyima said. The richest one percent's share of global wealth increased from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014, the British charity said in a report, adding that it will be more that 50 percent in 2016. 

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April 2013
Wealth Inequality in America

There have been claims of inaccuracy in this video, one being that children who naturally do not have wealth are not excluded from the numbers used.  Still, we present the video for your consideration with links to rebuttals below.  One question we have is how much does sexual immorality and legalized abortion contribute to the wealth gap.  Does the sexual freedom practiced by some with the corresponding freedom from children cause differences in wealth?

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December 2010
The Great Divergence In Pictures: A visual guide to income inequality

During the 20th century, the United States experienced two major trends in income distribution. The first, termed the "Great Compression" by economists Claudia Goldin of Harvard and Robert Margo of Boston University, was egalitarian. From 1940 to 1973, incomes became more equal. The share taken by the very richest Americans (i.e., the top 1 percent and the top 0.1 percent) shrank. The second trend, termed the "Great Divergence" by economist Paul Krugman of Princeton (and the New York Times op-ed page), was inegalitarian. From 1979 to the present, incomes have become less equal. The share taken by the very richest Americans increased.