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Vermont Conversation: How can we eradicate poverty?

Colleen Shaddox, left, and Joanne Goldblum are the co-authors of Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty.

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About 1 in 10 people — nationally and in Vermont — live below the poverty line. Low-income people are everywhere.

There’s a pernicious myth that poverty is a personal failure or a character flaw. The myth goes that if people were just willing to work harder, they could pull themselves up. The reality is that the vast majority of people in poverty are working. And poverty defies stereotypes.

“The face of poverty in America is a white child,” says Joanne Goldblum, CEO and founder of the National Diaper Bank Network. Goldblum is co-author, with journalist Colleen Shaddox, of the new book Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. PovertyShe notes that nearly half of American children are poor or low-income. The authors argue that poverty is not a personal failing, but the result of bad policy — and it can be solved. They provide a road map for the Biden administration to eradicate poverty for millions of Americans through policy changes.

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David Goodman

About David

David Goodman is an award-winning journalist and the author of a dozen books, including four New York Times bestsellers that he co-authored with his sister, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, New York Times, Outside, Boston Globe and other publications. He is the host of The Vermont Conversation, a VTDigger podcast featuring in-depth interviews about local and national topics. The Vermont Conversation is also an hour-long weekly radio program that can be heard on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on WDEV/Radio Vermont.

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