Extreme Poverty: Status Quo in the USA

“The United States is a land of stark contrasts…its immense wealth and expertise stand in shocking contrast with the conditions in which vast numbers of its citizens live. About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty…”

Philip Alston, Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on his Mission to the United States of America, United Nations General Assembly, A/HRC/38/33/Add.1, May 4, 2018. The report was presented at the 38th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, 18 June-6 July 2018. Read the full report here.

Read more about the report, responses to date, and the need for longterm, low key, sensible and consistent action here.

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