Originally published January 15, 2018.
I was lucky to grow up solidly middle class. I may not have had everything I wanted, but I had everything I needed. I never went to bed hungry because there was not enough food, and I never went to school in clothes that were old before I beat the crud out of them.
Being poor is not a crime, and we should treat people who are poor with compassion, not reproach. Actual ways to address the issues of poverty include:
Universal health care
Making the minimum wage a living wage
Reducing racism and oppression
How can you help?