The poor live in a complex world of competing and unmet basic needs. It is a world of few choices, and many hardships. Macro statistics abound, but what are the defining elements of poverty on the ground?
As apartheid died in 1994, Shared Interest was born. Operating today from humble offices on a noisy New York side street, the organization carries forward the pragmatic realism which ended apartheid politically.
Maurice Lim Miller is a frontline worker in the campaign to bring economic justice to America. You won't find Maurice at academic conferences or on book tours. He treats poverty not so much as a crusade, but as a puzzle to be solved.
Every anti-poverty leader grouses about conference fatigue. In theory, meetings are necessary to collect new ideas, establish collegial working relationships and sweet talk funders. In reality, most conferences are talkfests or trade fairs.