After Katrina, pleas for a focus on poverty

No to cuts in antipoverty programs
After Hurricane Katrina produced vivid images of poverty in America, leaders of five mainline denominations renewed their call on Congress to oppose deep cuts to programs serving the working poor, children and seniors.

On the day that New Orleans flooded, the Census Bureau said that the number of Americans living in poverty had risen for the fourth straight year. “Our denominations have mobilized and are responding in prayer and financial support and direct service to those in need,” the leaders wrote. “Yet, just as disaster struck the Gulf Coast, the U.S. Census Bureau reported in very particular detail that poverty in the United States is growing.”


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