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Poverty in America and the new Census Numbers

The numbers just released paint a difficult portrait of the sate of poverty in the United Sates. The latest census formula took in consideration the cost of living by region and defined as living in a state of poverty 16 percent of the population or 49.1 million Americans.  The census numbers came on the eve of a vote by the congressional super committee which is to define exactly where cuts should be made. More than ever we cannot let the voice of 16 percent of American be drowned out by all the other noises heard in the media.  Real people with incredible difficult circumstances will be affected by budget cuts to social services. The American Winter documentary aims to make the voices of the weakest amongst us louder.

Read the detailed article about the new Census on Poverty in America.

Have you tried living on food stamps?

Some politicians are according to this very interesting article on Food Stamps in the New York Times:

"WASHINGTON — Facing billions of dollars in possible cuts, advocates for the poor are resorting to some creative tactics to grab the attention of Congress: Getting lawmakers to try eating on $4.50 a day, just as some 46 million food-stamp recipients already do."