Today’s Connecting the Dots #CTD- Poverty

President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty provided many opportunities for social mobility, particularly through education. Large gains were made among students of color up to the mid 1980s. Over the last 30 years, many of those gains have disappeared and with over 45 million people living in poverty it is clear we are losing this battle. The point is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Gains in equity and decrease in disparities can be our reality again. That is why people must stand up to hold our elected officials accountable and demand access to the things that make a country prosperous: education, housing, health care, the right to vote, and healthy food to name a few. Democracy and civic engagement means more than voting once every two to four years; it means being continually engaged in the issues that affect our everyday lives

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Eric-J-Cooper-Erasing-battle-lines-in-war-on-6124391.php