Sid Mohn: 125 Years of Ending Poverty
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On March 13, Heartland Alliance, the Midwest's leading anti-poverty organization, where I work, is celebrating 125 years of service. When legendary social reformer Jane Addams opened our doors in 1888, her dedication to provide the most basic of human needs guided her work.
Hungry, destitute and sick, people then, as today, lived in desperate poverty, unable to free themselves from it as they battled dire circumstances. She saw the need for a holistic, flexible blend of services tailored to meet each individual's needs and built an organization designed to deliver. 125 years later, those beliefs still guide our work, even as our ability to act on them is threatened.
Today, that threat is the recent sequester, and the cuts to vital programs it will cause as Congress fails to find a resolution to the issue. When the debt limit was raised in 2011, the sequester was created for -- and by -- Congress. If a long term plan to reduce the deficit didn't happen by 2013, it said,
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