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Saturday, August 27, 2011


SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 9 AM TO 6 PM


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  2. The persistence of chronic hunger and poverty is a major problem throughout the world today and needs to be corrected. The problem does not exist because there is simply not enough food to feed everyone. The truth is that the world produces enough food to feed everyone. In essence, people experience hunger because they cannot produce enough food or do not earn enough to buy the food they need. The reality is that the large majority of poor and hungry people in our world work very hard to provide for themselves and their families. They are not looking for a handout. They are seeking dignity and justice for themselves and their children.
    As article 25 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states, “Everyone, has the right to a standard living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, and housing and medical care, and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” However, this right is jeopardized too often, and for many without warning when the life a person lives is affected by poverty. For many children the social influence of poverty on young children goes beyond their early childhood years, into their teens and ultimately into adulthood, and even can be passed down from generation because it is a cycle that is very hard to break. There are young children that due to the level of poverty are at greater risk of illnesses due to a lack of proper nutrition and medical care. Children rely on adults to care for them and to provide them with security and love.
    The ONE campaign recognizes that hunger and poverty are problems that are intertwined; yet, the larger community has not fully addressed the problem and sought solutions, ultimately reinforcing the conditions that are creating the struggles that many face. If a farmer cannot sell his or her maize for a better price than it cost to produce it, it becomes very difficult to feed his or her family. In such situations the worker will often skip a meal or two a week in order to be sure that the children of the family eat. Research shows that depending on circumstances, there may be situations where the entire family skips a meal or two in a week (
    Article 3 of The Universal declaration of Human Rights, states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the security of person.” Young children are unable to advocate for themselves, and pick their destiny. Government has a responsibility to protect these young children by creating programs and resources for these families during these difficult times.
    For the first time in history, the world has the financial and technological means to make poverty history. Approximately 30,000 people die each day of extreme poverty, yet the current portion of the United States budget selected for poverty-focused development assistance remains less than one-half of one percent. An additional ONE percent of the federal budget would make a difference in so many lives. The ONE campaign is calling on the United States government to lead efforts to cancel the debt of the world’s poorest countries, ensuring that savings will be allocated to reducing poverty and to reform trade rules to level the playing field so that poor people in developing countries are afforded the same opportunities to earn a decent livelihood for their families. Bread for the World is an organization that is responsible for advancing the ONE campaign by providing a concrete way for citizens to push for United States policies that help meet basic needs of our global neighbors (
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    Social workers are uniquely qualified to help people right in their own environment, by looking at all the different aspects of their lives and cultures. We work to ensure personal well-being of individuals, prevent crises and to counsel individuals, families, and communities. We make sure people get the help they need from the best resources available. As stated in the NASW Code of Ethics, the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty (National Association of Social Workers, 2008). It is the job of social workers to advocate and link clients that provide them with basic shelter, healthcare and access to food and water because these are rights that every human being has and there for deserves access too. One of the best ways to get clients the services that they need and deserve is to become involved in public policy and work for a campaign either as a volunteer or paid staff. People get to be involved on the ground floor and often can interact with staff at high levels. Many people who actively volunteer for a campaign can later be hired by the candidate once they reach office. The ONE campaign is an important movement for exploring the horrific issue of poverty. This is a chance for social workers to ask the government to take a stand and be more accountable for relieving people from suffering in the United States and around the world.

    Interesting articles about poverty. Solving World Hunger Means Solving World Poverty, by Anup Shah is an article that I found particularly interesting. The article can be found at the following web address: second article of interested about poverty is Poverty Facts and Stats by Anup Shah. The article can be found at the following web address: In 2010, NBC News released an interesting article, Record number of Americans living in poverty,

    The following links are videos that I have chosen to share that show the effects of extreme poverty and the importance of the ONE campaign. They are very powerful, and I hope you take the time to look at each one.;_ylt=A2KLqIN.OL1Rt1UAF4_7w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBrc3VyamVwBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQD?p=poverty+and+the+one+campaign&vid=14f3c8a3de8be98427de9c917bc91360&l=00%3A30&
    The following are links to images that show what the face of poverty looks like throughout the world.

  4. With election season in full swing there are many people talking about healthcare and how people should be covered and who should pay for it. Some argue that a privatized system will create better care with competition and more options. Others argue that healthcare is a universal right that should be available and affordable to all and best managed by the federal government. The fight for quality, affordable healthcare is a global concern and an increasingly important human rights issue.

    Article 25 (1) states that: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” In the United States and around the world these rights are not afforded to all and are inadequate or missing altogether for too many. Many are denied care based on their race, sexual orientation, income, weight, current health, diet, drug and/or alcohol use, religious beliefs, and too many more to mention. This is a topic that is difficult to not hear about but do we really listen? What is additionally striking is how making nutritious food, quality education, and proper housing a right for all would likely reduce the costs of healthcare in the long-run! The following are articles that speak to this debate- on both sides.