Poor people need better PR

screenshot-2017-02-16-19-59-35There is a pretty big problem when it comes to wealth inequality.

Well …Okay. There are a lot of problems when it comes to wealth inequality. However, there is one glaring problem that is happening right now that is significantly hindering the progress to close the income inequality gap.

There is a plethora of information about debtor’s prisons, wealth/income inequality, and homelessness at – literally – a finger’s length. Thanks to the internet, all you have to do is name an epidemic and you can find more info than you can process in .4 seconds. (to prove this – I just googled Wealth Inequality – and I got 4.5 million results in under half a second.)

One of the biggest problems around wealth inequality is a lack of communication and awareness. Now, I know that’s strange, and a little contradictory. But an abundance of information doesn’t correlate to an abundance of understanding.

John, the man who has been sleeping under the overpass for a week doesn’t have a PR department. But in the same respect, neither does Mary, who is a single mother of 3 making 30k a year. There is a lot of info and statistical data about all this, but not that many people effectively communicating that info into something actionable. I feel like a lot of the times, statistics that could make a town or place “undesirable” is often hiding in plain sight.

For anyone who wants to seek look for info, it’s clearly there – however the information or even existence of information isn’t clearly communicated. And the problem with this is that the people who are affected by this are also hidden. Throughout the entire time I went to UNH I had no idea there was a homeless shelter around the corner.

This is a perfect example. This is a wonderful story about a John Ray Munsey, Jr., a chronically homeless person living in the woods in New Haven who thanks to the United Way of Greater New Haven, was just placed into permanent housing. I had to go out of my way to seek this info out. The problem with this is that if I was a donor or volunteer, seeing this info doesn’t benefit any more homeless people. This is the case because I already know about the cause. And if I didn’t know about the cause, then no one gets helped …because I didn’t know about it. This means we need to find better ways to communicate homelessness, and income inequality. There are tons of people who have the desire or heart to help, but they just don’t know who to know or how to get started.

So one of the biggest problems facing wealth and income inequality is awareness. The people who are in the know are doing amazing things to help end a lot of the injustices American citizens, and human beings face. In order for income inequality, and everything that comes with it to end, everybody needs to be on the same page.

And that’s where you, dear reader, come in. I urge you to click these links, but more importantly, use your own ways of communication to spread the word around. The first step to creating a better world is acknowledging we don’t live in one already.

By Andrew Wasserman

 

 

 

 

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