Black People : Billions for imperialist Wars, and Bailouts to billionaires, while children go hungry

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 by The Washington Post
    America's Economic Pain Brings Hunger Pangs
    USDA report on access to food 'unsettling,' Obama says
    by Amy Goldstein

    The nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people -- including almost one child in four -- struggled last year to get enough to eat.

    Volunteers wait to open a soup kitchen in a church in Waterbury, Connecticut in March 2009. The US Agriculture Department on Monday released bleak figures on the state of hunger in the United States, showing that more American families are having difficulty feeding their members. (AFP/Getty Images/File/Spencer Platt)At a time when rising poverty, widespread unemployment and other effects of the recession have been well documented, the report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the government's first detailed portrait of the toll that the faltering economy has taken on Americans' access to food.

    The magnitude of the increase in food shortages -- and, in some cases, outright hunger -- identified in the report startled even the nation's leading anti-poverty advocates, who have grown accustomed to longer lines lately at food banks and soup kitchens. The findings also intensify pressure on the White House to fulfill a pledge to stamp out childhood hunger made by President Obama, who called the report "unsettling."

    The data show that dependable access to adequate food has especially deteriorated among families with children. In 2008, nearly 17 million children, or 22.5 percent, lived in households in which food at times was scarce -- 4 million children more than the year before. And the number of youngsters who sometimes were outright hungry rose from nearly 700,000 to almost 1.1 million.

    Among Americans of all ages, more than 16 percent -- or 49 million people -- sometimes ran short of nutritious food, compared with about 12 percent the year before. The deterioration in access to food during 2008 among both children and adults far eclipses that of any other single year in the report's history.

    Around the Washington area, the data show, the extent of food shortages varies significantly. In the past three years, an average of 12.4 percent of households in the District had at least some problems getting enough food, slightly worse than the national average. In Maryland, the average was 9.6 percent, and in Virginia it was 8.6 percent.

    The local and national findings are from a snapshot of food in the United States that the Agriculture Department has issued every year since 1995, based on Census Bureau surveys. It documents Americans who lack a dependable supply of adequate food -- people living with some amount of "food insecurity" in the lexicon of experts -- and those whose food shortages are so severe that they are hungry. The new report is based on a survey conducted in December.

    Several independent advocates and policy experts on hunger said that they had been bracing for the latest report to show deepening shortages, but that they were nevertheless astonished by how much the problem has worsened. "This is unthinkable. It's like we are living in a Third World country," said Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America, the largest organization representing food banks and other emergency food sources.

    "It's frankly just deeply upsetting," said James D. Weill, president of the Washington-based Food and Action Center. As the economy eroded, Weill said, "you had more and more people getting pushed closer to the cliff's edge. Then this huge storm came along and pushed them over."

    Obama, who pledged during last year's presidential campaign to eliminate hunger among children by 2015, reiterated that goal on Monday. "My Administration is committed to reversing the trend of rising hunger," the president said in a statement. The solution begins with job creation, Obama said. And he ticked off steps that Congress and the administration have taken, or are planning, including increases in food stamp benefits and $85 million Congress just freed up through an appropriations bill to experiment with feeding more children during the summer, when subsidized school breakfasts and lunches are unavailable.

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  2. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    How is it possible in a nation where fat cats get million dollar bonuses, and put multigrams of Peruvian marching powder up their noses, and on their gums at clubs, every weekend,
    while one out of 7 Americans are biting the bullet of a very real depression.

    And if that is the national figure

    then what are the statistics for our community?
     
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    decipherx1 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The Statics are messed up in our community beacuse
    many of us our dealing death to our people
    and will beat you down close to death over 10$
    And when you try to make change your veiwed as a snitch,
    So when you have a communitry thats numb under crack, things like you described
    are allowed to take place.
     
  4. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    interesting comment but

    living in the heart of the "hood" ,

    that realy is a myth, and not a very good one
     
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    decipherx1 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Well, I don't know which hood you live in
    But I lived it and it wasn't a myth because I got the scars to prove it still.
     
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    there is a common hell you mention in 2 posts, what state is that or city?
     
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