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Ordinary Poverty: A Little Food and Cold Storage
by William DiFazio
Temple University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-1-59213-458-8 | Cloth: 978-1-59213-014-6 | eISBN: 978-1-59213-786-2
Library of Congress Classification HC110.P6D54 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.50973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
At St. John's Bread and Life, a soup kitchen in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, more than a thousand people line up for breakfast and lunch five days a week. During the twelve-year era of welfare reform, William DiFazio observed the daily lives of poor people at St. John's and throughout New York City.

In this trenchant and groundbreaking work, DiFazio presents the results of welfare reform—from ending entitlements to diminished welfare benefits—through the eyes and voices of those who were most directly affected by it. Ordinary Poverty concludes with a program to guarantee universal rights to a living wage as a crucial way to end poverty. Ultimately, DiFazio articulates the form a true poor people's movement would take—one that would link the interests of all social movements with the interests of ending poverty.

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