Branch Out Alternative Breaks

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Poverty, unemployment, and labor rights in Philadelphia, PA

Homelessness, poverty, and unemployment are substantial and persistent issues in most of the large cities, with big population and a limited number of jobs available, the job security is very low, workers rights are limited, and wages are under the minimum living level. Such situation creates significant inequality, unstable political situation with a number of riots and society/government clashes, increased levels of crime, and racial discrimination. On the individual level poverty is felt more acutely. In addition to the lack of stable income, or in many cases any sort of income, to provide the primary necessities, such as food and housing, poverty has a great effect on health, both physical and mental, life expectancy, and the access to education.

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Co-ops are inspirational centers of community building and food assistance

Atlanta, Georgia is a beautiful city and I was lucky enough to spend a week there through my Branch Out National alternative break, volunteering and learning about the issue of hunger on the national and international scale. Of all the places we visited the Georgia Avenue Food Co-op was the most inspirational. During our pre-trip orientation meetings, we learned about the problems with international food aid and the embarrassment associated with receiving low income food. This information became real to me on the trip.

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