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What is Poverty?. Poverty is hunger Poverty is lack of shelter Poverty is being sick and not able to see a doctor Poverty is not knowing how to read Poverty is not having a job Poverty is fear for the future Poverty is living one day at a time Poverty is powerlessness

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What is Poverty?

  • Poverty is hunger

  • Poverty is lack of shelter

  • Poverty is being sick and not able to see a doctor

  • Poverty is not knowing how to read

  • Poverty is not having a job

  • Poverty is fear for the future

  • Poverty is living one day at a time

  • Poverty is powerlessness

  • Poverty is lack of representation

  • Poverty is lack of freedom

  • Poverty is a situation people want to escape

  • Poverty is a call to action

2009 Federal Poverty Guideline

For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,740 for each additional person

Who are the Minnesotans Experiencing Poverty?

Poverty in Minnesota

Individuals experiencing poverty in Minnesota:

506,000(2008 US Census bureau)

563,000 (2009 US Census bureau)

Poverty and Race 2008

Poverty rate among white Minnesotans:


in the nation

Poverty and Race2008

Poverty rate among African Americans in Minnesota:


in the nation

Poverty and Gender2008

1 in 4 women

over 16 years of age is experiencing


Poverty and Gender

A single


household with children under age 5 is 12 times more likely to be experiencing poverty

2009 Poverty Data

Check www.halfinten.org for state and local data

•Overall child poverty rate of 20.7%

•Child poverty rates by race

•African-American: 35.7%

•Hispanic: 33.1%

•Asian: 14.0%

•White: 11.9%

American Indian: NA

Child Poverty in the United States in 2009

Poverty Rate Percentage 1999-2009

  • Mississippi5.0% increase

  • Georgia4.4% increase

  • South Dakota4.4% increase

  • Minnesota4.0% increase

  • Missouri4.0% increase

A Minnesota Without Poverty Purpose:

  • Build

  • Organize

  • Mobilize

    A statewide movement

    to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020

A Common Foundation:

Shared Principles forWork on Overcoming Poverty


Public Will

Public Policy

Public Leadership

Eight Sectors of Society

Public Accountability

Public Access

What can you do?

Sign on in support of the vision

to end poverty by 2020


Receive updates and

action alerts.


—and counting!

What can you do?

Sign the pledge to cut U.S. poverty in half in ten years—by 2020


What can you do?

Join the group page:

A Minnesota Without Poverty

on Facebook

What can you do?

Recognize causes of poverty:





What can you do?

Address poverty

  • Service

  • Education

  • Advocacy

What can you do?


  • Arts and Media

  • Business Catalyst

  • Development

  • Public Policy

  • Education

What can you do?


with Legislators

What can you do?

Host an informational gathering in your home—invite some friends and AMWP leaders will provide the conversation.

What can you do?

Read and support

Legislative Commission to End Poverty recommendations (www.lcep.leg.mn)

Legislative Success2006-2008

Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020

Legislative Commission’s recommendations:

Restore work as a means

out of poverty

Legislative Commission’s recommendations:

Refocus public assistance

Legislative Commission’s recommendations:

Build financial assets

Legislative Commission’s recommendations:

Revitalize communities

Legislative Commission’s recommendations:

Modernize system of education

Legislative Commission’s recommendations:

Develop measures to monitor efforts

Legislative Results2010

Budget shortfall

Ladder Out of Poverty bill passed

Ladder Out of Poverty Task Force

  • Increase opportunities

  • Expand Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM)

  • Eliminate predatory financial practices

  • Provide incentives

  • Provide financial literacy

  • Increase community engagement



Arts Search for ENOUGH

  • What does enough look like? Sound like?

  • What is enough?

  • How do we experience enough?

  • Is there enough for all?


Statewide Gathering

December 9, 2010


Five Sites in Minnesota--Web-linked

Report on status of poverty

Call to action

Art Exhibit—”In Search of ENOUGH”

In Search of Enough

Arts Exhibition

Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Minneapolis

In Search of Enough

Arts Exhibitions:

Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church

St. Paul (March 31-May 18)

Minnetonka Lutheran Church

Minnetonka (May 18-July 30)



A Discussion Guide for People of Faith

Online at www.mnwithoutpoverty.org

  • Enough of the Basics of Life

  • Enough Creation and Environment

  • Enough Economy

  • Enough Equality and Community

  • Enough Time

  • Enough for All

2011 Legislative Agenda

We believe there is enough

for all to have enough:

  • Streamline and strengthen Safety Net

  • Raise revenue in fair and balanced approach

  • Create jobs and economic opportunities

  • Support “Ladder Out of Poverty” legislation


Micro-Enterprise Catalyst Partnership

with Congregations or other community groups

(Implements aspects of Recommendations 1,3, 4

of the LCEP report)

Summer-Fall 2011


1-2 day events in five

Congressional Districts (1,3,5,7,8)

Arts—Poverty Data—State and Federal Issues—Conversation with Elected Officials—Local Involvement

Enough for All Campaign

  • RochesterAugust 10-11

  • MinnetonkaOctober 22-23

  • MinneapolisNovember 10

  • Grand RapidsEarly 2012

  • StaplesEarly 2012

Public Action

Production of three videos starring the Minnesota Church Ladies in


“Budget Holes and Hot Dish”

“Wedding Cake Conundrum”

“Public Policy Pickles”

We believe there is enough

for all to have enough,

if we all do our part.

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