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This past Tuesday, I attended the President’s State of the Union address as the guest of Senator Robert Casey, Jr.   It was an experience I won’t forget.  I was honored to be there to represent all Americans who live with and try to break the cycle of poverty, including those in my community.

Today, the majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, see economic inequality as a growing problem in America. But how to solve this problem is where the division begins.

When the general public believes our inequality is such a big issue, many will think it is a problem insurmountable – that our social structures and the effectiveness of our government are ill-equipped to make a real change to this injustice. They accept that our democracy is broken.

This blog post originally appeared on the website for the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC as part of a May 12th appearance on the show by Dr. Mariana Chilton and Tianna, a member of Witnesses to Hunger.

Cross posted from Ms. Foundation Blog. The Ms. Foundation for Women is celebrating Women’s History Month with a blog carnival featuring the voices and profiles of women across the country. We would like to thank them for including Joanna's post in their blog carnival.


I am a mother. I am a worker. I am a witness. And I am on food stamps.

Last week I facilitated a panel entitled “The Missing Voice: Engaging and Mobilizing Clients in Advocacy” at the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference.  I was happy to be part of this panel, along with Tammy S., a Witnesses to Hunger, and because this topic was being discussed at a national conference.



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