War on Poverty Day brings up a serious topic that everyone should pay attention to. About a million people in the world live below the poverty line … Many of them do not have their own homes and are on the street. Today in the US there are events that talk about this problem and how to solve it.
In 1964, the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, suddenly announced an “unconditional war on poverty.” Perhaps a certain number of people took the statement as an election ploy, but they were wrong! Even his opponents did not criticize the provisions – they saw that they really work for the good of the state.
The reform was called the “Great Society”. It was aimed at eradicating poverty and racial segregation. What has been done: solve transportation issues, equalize women and men, give black Americans the right to vote, introduce social benefits, create subsidy programs for low-income families, transform the medical and educational spheres.
The program was a resounding success. Why did it have to be closed? The answer is simple: America entered the Vietnam War. The event did not have the best effect on the reforms, the budget was not enough, many programs ceased to function. Perhaps this law does not reflect the current state of affairs, but the message is different – we need to work on the provisions in order to make the world a better place.
Did you know that:
- India, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Congo are among the poorest countries in the world;
- about 20 thousand children die because of poverty;
- over a billion people live without electricity;
- Poverty is also a problem in developed countries. North Carolina has a third of the poor areas;
- every 7th person on the planet is starving right now.
How to celebrate
Volunteer with War on Poverty Day – learn about organizations dedicated to helping people. Make a donation to a charitable foundation. Learn more about the President’s reforms: think, would they solve the actual problems of today?
When is War on Poverty Day celebrated in 2023?
War on Poverty Day is observed on January 8 each year.