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No Floor of Decency

_______________________________________________________
By Matthew Rothschild - The Progressive News - December 24, 2003

Madison, WI - In this holiday season, we need to remember
the least among us--something our economy and our government
is consistently failing to do.

According to a new report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors,
our social safety net lies in tatters.

The report surveyed the nation's twenty-five major cities,
and it found that homeless shelters in 84 percent of them
had to turn away about one-third of the families because
they simply did not have enough beds to go around.

Requests for emergency food assistance rose by 17 percent
this year, and again the cities could not cope. Food
pantries and soup kitchens in a majority of the cities had
to turn away families, or at least cut back on groceries.

Many of these families--39 percent--were working families,
not even the unemployed.

This is what's happening in America today. Even if you have
a job, your family may not have enough to eat, and there's
nowhere to turn to ensure they get what they need.

This isn't the individual's fault. This is a system failure.

And until we construct a floor of decency in this country,
where no one goes hungry or homeless, we will be cruelly
closing the soup kitchen or shelter door on our fellow
citizens.

That is no way for a civilized society to operate.

source page: http://tinyurl.com/2wywt
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<DIV>No Floor of Decency</DIV>
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<DIV>By Matthew Rothschild - The Progressive News&nbsp;- December 24,=20
2003<B><BR></B></DIV>
<DIV>Madison, WI - In this holiday season, we need to remember </DIV>
<DIV>the least among us--something our economy and our government</DIV>
<DIV>is consistently failing to do.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>According to a new report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors,<BR>our =
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safety net lies in tatters.</DIV>
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<DIV>The report surveyed the nation's twenty-five major cities,<BR>and =
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of the families because<BR>they simply did not have enough beds to go=20
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<DIV>Requests for emergency food assistance rose by 17 percent<BR>this =
year, and=20
again the cities could not cope. Food<BR>pantries and soup kitchens in a =

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groceries.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>Many of these families--39 percent--were working families,<BR>not =
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unemployed.</DIV>
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<DIV>This is what's happening in America today. Even if you have<BR>a =
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get what they need.</DIV>
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<DIV>This isn't the individual's fault. This is a system failure.</DIV>
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<DIV>That is no way for a civilized society to operate.</DIV>
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