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dcsmart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:47 AM
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Child poverty grows in Michigan


The class war waged everyday by the capitalists against the workers and the oppressed is not confined, however, to hot wars of military domination and imperialist subjugation around the world. Other, more insidious forms of oppression are visited upon the majority of people everyday, including here in the U.S.

Take unemployment and poverty. These are the end result of capitalism for the workers and oppressed, who have the value of their labor power stolen by the bosses in the form of profits. The working class bears the brunt of mass layoffs, plant, office and store closings, ever-higher unemployment, budget cuts, increasing foreclosures and homelessness, and other by-products of the capitalist crisis. Every city, town and rural area in the U.S. is affected.

In Michigan, a state wracked by a severe economic downturn for the last decade, children are more and more becoming the victims of this crisis.

A report issued Jan. 13 by Kids Count in Michigan, a collaboration of Michigan's Children and the Michigan League for Human Services, said: Michigans continuing economic woes are spilling over into the lives of the states youngest residents with nearly one out of every four young children (under age 5) living in poverty. That means for a family of four, income is no more than about $21,000 . Two out of every five young children live in low-income households, defined as income under $42,000 for a family of four.

The Kids Count report indicates a whopping 40 percent increase in child poverty in Michigan from 2000 to 2007, rising from 13.6 to 19 percent.

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http://www.workers.org/2009/us/child_poverty_0129/
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Urban Prairie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:38 AM
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1. Michigan
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 04:42 AM by Urban Prairie
Becoming the Mississippi of the North.

Getting harder to remain gainfully employed here, unless you are in government, education, medical, or law.
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emrivers Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-04-09 03:14 PM
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2. True
"Becoming the Mississippi of the North." I could not agree more. I use to live in Michigan and it was not as bad then but you did have to have a good job working for the government

Check this out:
http://www.milhs.org/Media/EDocs/ChildPovPrRelAug05.pdf
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