We’re in Atlanta, Georgia, to look at urban poverty issues… Today we attended a presentation by Kevin Moran, a long-time social justice advocate. He, tongue in cheek, said the following were some Atlanta “Chamber of Commerce” figures. For instance, the fastest growing group of homeless people in Atlanta are: children under the age of nine. And Atlanta is the poorest city in the country for children. As an example, 48% of the children in Atlanta living below the poverty level — live in families with annual incomes of less than $15,000 a year. Moran also noted that the minimum wage in Georgia is $5.85 and hour, which yields $12,168 a year, before taxes. He said juxtapose this against the average two-bedroom apartment in the city, which would rent for $834 a month. Moran said when you do the math, you’d have to earn $16 an hour to afford one of these average apartments. Translated, all kinds of people here are living in tremendously substandard housing, or on the streets. Moran also noted that 40% of the homeless here are veterans. And if all this isn’t bad enough, Moran noted that the Georgia governor has recently proposed a 3% cut to social services statewide in order to work toward a balanced budget. Moran went to the capitol building, with a group of others yesterday, to adamantly protest this move. Note: Moran added that although we’re the wealthiest nation in the world, we have a wider gap between rich and poor than any other country. Note 2: A man in the audience said he grew up Black in one of the poorer areas of Atlanta. He said the only way out of his neighborhood for many kids was joining the military. So basically, he said, to escape the poverty cycle he had to get involved with killing, or be killed himself. He, ultimately, was sent on a tour of duty: to Vietnam.