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Poor Kids

By: weatheringpoints , 10:26 PM GMT on November 26, 2012

Our Thanksgiving feasts have ended, but, our neighbors' need for food persists.

Too many children are going hungry in America.
No one--especially not children—should go hungry in the land of plenty!

In case you missed this last week while preparing for the holiday...

Click to view the entire show: Poor Kids | FRONTLINE | PBS


Or watch in parts:
Part 1

Watch Poor Kids on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Part 2

Watch Poor Kids on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Part 3

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Part 4

Watch Poor Kids on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Extra segment:
Sera’s Story: Growing Up Poor in San Francisco

Watch Sera's Story on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Additional links of interest:

By the Numbers: Childhood Poverty in the U.S.
Only three other countries in the developed world have a higher child poverty rate than the U.S., according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mexico leads all nations with a rate of 25.79, followed by Chile (23.95), Turkey (23.46), and the U.S. (21.63). (pdf at the link)

Making “Poor Kids”: A Conversation with Filmmaker Jezza Neumann
*includes a link to assist the families

I hope our bountiful Thanksgiving Day meals nourished our concern for one another,
enriched us to share with others, and strengthened us to do something to reduce hunger for others!
Here are some things we can do:
1. Tell friends.
2. Write letters.
3. Write checks or Give online.
4. Donate food.
5. Volunteer time.
6. Imagine additional solutions . . .
7. Do ALL of the above!

What will YOU do?

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:21 PM GMT on March 16, 2013
weatheringpoints has created a new entry.
6. RobDaHood
2:20 AM GMT on January 29, 2013
Hey WP!
See you round and about the blogs.
Just popping in to say "Hi"!
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5. Ylee
10:13 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas, wp!

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4. Barefootontherocks
4:48 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
May we not be poor in spirit.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, wp.

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2. weatheringpoints
1:44 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
Thanks for stopping by ycd and for the reminder that some can't see the videos :(

Here's a comment from the front page link (emphasis mine) that references portions of the film:

by Jimbo1672
Thank you so much Frontline for focusing on the plight of the poor, especially poor children. Much of the reason that so little is done to alleviate poverty is that the poor are kept out of the media spotlight. Of course, this has changed a bit recently since the Great Recession drove so many middle class whites into poverty, but still, almost all the political rhetoric is about the difficulties of the middle class.

I also appreciate that you let the children speak for themselves. Very powerful! One way that society dismisses the poor is by pretending that they are lazy and deserve what they get. This approach fails when dealing with children. If this supposedly great society wants to punish the parents for being economically unsuccessful, what then is it willing to do for their children, who certainly cannot be blamed for their want and suffering?

I do have to say the program was very, very difficult to watch. It was very hard to take as hopeless mothers, despairing of the future, wept. And when the little girl had to give up her puppy, I couldn't stop my tears, even though the girl was so brave about it. What kind of a country are we?

Well done, Frontline. Now the question is, what are we going to do about the forces causing this: capital's war on labor, the wealthy's class war against the rest of us, technological forces (mostly automation) destroying jobs faster than they create them, teeming masses around the world flooding the industrial labor pool as industrial agriculture makes traditional farming untenable, the financial sector siphoning wealth away from the rest of society with clever schemes even they don't fully understand, and no doubt others? On top of this, reckless and largely unregulated industries, as well as the U.S. military, are poisoning our environment and our bodies, making our future very uncertain indeed.

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1. ycd0108
12:46 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
"So this is Christmas"
The videos will not play here but I have the picture.
"What will YOU do?"
"I'm goin' back out 'fore the Rain starts a'fallin'"
Good post!
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