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Poverty: Causes, Effects and Solutions

JFP's stories about the causes of poverty in Mississippi and what can be done to address it.

Cover

Interrupting the Poverty Cycle: Looking Back to Move Forward in Mississippi

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Otibehia Allen's days in the Mississippi Delta start and end with her five children—three boys and two girls. She feeds them. Clothes them. Their well-being rests on her shoulders. She does it all on her own.

Civil Rights

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tis the Season to Stop Judging the Poor

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Bare feet don't have bootstraps. You catapult from day-to-day, trying to stay ahead enough not to go hungry or have the lights turned off, even if you eat milk and cornbread for supper a lot.

Civil Rights

OPINION: Separate But Unequal

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On Saturday, Dec. 9, I was lucky enough to attend the historic opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

City & County

Tackling Poverty this Holiday Season

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For families and individuals who are struggling, especially financially, the holidays can be a tough time. That's where nonprofits come in, for both immediate and systemic help. You can donate to and/or volunteer with these nonprofits.

City & County

Mayor, Police Chief Address Poverty-Crime Connection, Solutions Going Forward

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Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Jackson Police Department Chief Lee Vance are working to increase the number of JPD police officers as well as implementing additional solutions to crime in the capital city.

Health Care

Mississippi Ranks 50th in Overall Health, New Report Shows

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Mississippi ranks 50th for the second year in a row in the United Health Foundation's health rankings. The foundation specializes in clinical expertise and health data, focused on making the country heathier.

Education

Pushing for Pre-K in the Midst of Poverty

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Public pre-K is a part of the state's push for early learning statewide in order to increase literacy for students in public schools.

Editorial

EDITORIAL: We Need Policies for People, Not for Profit

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It is time to start talking about how policies affect people on a literal, physical, visceral level.

National

Poor is a Choice? Think Again.

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Gov. William Winter was correct when he said: "The only road out of poverty runs past the schoolhouse door." This still rings true today; it is no secret that the poorest schools in Mississippi have the lowest graduation rates.

Economy

Address Poverty With Understanding, Compassion

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For low-income families, Internet access and a stable living environment—let alone an address—to keep things like birth certificates safe aren't a given; they're a privilege that many families in poverty cannot afford.

Education

Report: Mississippi's Black Children Face More Barriers Than White Kids

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Mississippi is one of the worst states for black children, despite having the highest population of them in the country. Black children in Mississippi face health, educational and poverty-related barriers that hinder their opportunities later in life, the new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found.