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April 27, 2010
6:22 PM

CONTACT: Marguerite Casey Foundation

Claudia Rowe, Public Information Officer

National Insecurity: Poverty, Class and the Recession

WASHINGTON - April 27 - The Marguerite Casey Foundation launches National Insecurity, an eye-opening series that examines poverty across America in light of current economic and political trends.

The stories begin with a national overview showing where millions of families are today – the California mail sorter who wonders how many hours she’ll work in a given week; the single mother of three supporting her family on $19,000 a year – and offers perspectives from economists about where we may be headed as a country.

That snapshot segues into a detailed look at the Mississippi Delta, one of the nation’s poorest regions, where unemployment is far above the national average and inadequate public schools collide with decades of entrenched poverty. Here, a 21-year-old man struggles to graduate from high school while educators encourage him to drop out.

National Insecurity examines both the “new poor”—victims of unexpected economic downfall—and those trying to escape generations of deprivation. The series, which will regularly showcase new families, also examines how public policy directly affects both groups; how it shapes a family’s present and sets the tone for its future.

Narrated photo galleries accompany the written text. All components can be viewed in Marguerite Casey Foundation’s online newspaper, Equal Voice:

The series is created by Claudia Rowe, a former contributor to The New York Times whose reporting was honored in 2009 by the Neiman Center at Harvard University. Now working as Public Information Officer at the foundation, she is nationally recognized for her writing on race and juvenile justice.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation is a private, independent grant making foundation dedicated to helping low-income families.


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