In 2010, 46.2 MILLION people were in poverty in the U.S. This Wednesday, October 17th, is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The day was designated by the United Nations in 1993 as a way to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution around the world. We often think of poverty as a problem of the developing world, but here in the United States, poverty is a reality, and it is getting worse.
This week, our 64 Day Campaign for Human Rights highlights organizations working within low-income communities, fighting against poverty, and challenging structural inequality.
The 64 Day Campaign is a way to raise awareness about domestic human rights issues and the organizations promoting human rights. We hope that it will inform and inspire as we share what organizations are doing across the country.
This weeks organization highlights are: Project South, The Poverty Initiative, the Poverty & Research Action Council, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, The Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, The Georgia Citizens' Coalition on Hunger, and the Human Rights Institute of Columbia University.