Poverty Conference in
Wilmington focuses on Food Insecurity
The third annual “Taking
the Pulse on Poverty” conference at UNC-W focused on NC’s fifth-worst food
insecurity ranking. From the article:
“Food insecurity” and
“food deserts” were the buzzwords at the conference where [New Hanover County
Commissioner Jonathan]Barfield spoke. Food insecurity is the new way of
defining hunger, and North Carolina ranks fifth-highest in the nation in that
category. Food deserts are areas where residents have limited accessibility to
healthy food options, primarily grocery stores. The presentations detailed how
the food deserts existed in both rural and urban communities.
Durham Mayor asks for
“foot soldiers” in the fight against poverty
Durham’s Mayor Bill Bell is kicking off a
neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach to tackling poverty issues. In an article published last week in the News
and Observer, Bell was quoted as saying “We’re going to need some foot soldiers. The end goal is to end poverty, but to do
anything you’ve got to do first steps.”
Mayor Bell made his declaration during a breakfast he hosted
at Durham Rescue Mission. Of the 100
attendees, two-thirds signed up to be on task forces to tackle poverty issues
in the 10.01 census tract, one of the “distressed tracts” we wrote about in the
Durham Herald last fall (The
other Durham: Poverty up in poorest areas”).
from different angles
Again, we turn to the N&O which coupled
two opposing viewpoints on recently released unemployment numbers.
Allan Freyer, noting that the labor force’s shrinkage drove
the unemployment rate down, had this to say: “Only 4 out of every 10 unemployed
workers found jobs in the last year. If North Carolina is going to see a
healthy long-term recovery in employment growth, we need to see all jobless
workers moving into jobs, rather than out of the labor force.”
Phil Berger and Thom Tillis released a joint statement that
stressed the fact that North Carolina’s unemployment rate is dropping faster
than the national rate. North Carolina
added 45,000 jobs over the past year. Most recently, January’s 17,407 new jobs
added show growth at a faster pace than previous months.
Rebecca Martinez of WUNC reported further on NC’s
shrinking labor force. From her
The North Carolina
Department of Commerce reports unemployment fell from 8.8 percent in January
2013 to 6.7 percent in January 2014. But that number doesn't include
people who have stopped looking for work. The state's labor force is made
up of people who work or are trying to find jobs, and that pool shrank by more
than 60,000 people during the year.
Photoblog highlights “Struggle
and Hope” in Durham, N.C.
In case you missed it, this photoblog featured on Slate.com highlights Durham, N.C. The photos are the real attraction, but here is the beginning of the
accompanying essay to get you hooked in:
photos tell a story of two Durhams. “We've always been taught the story of
America is one of upward mobility. Durham very much embodies that. But some of
the darker sides of the American story are here too,” Cook said.
Once a town dedicated
to the production of tobacco, the medium-sized North Carolina city has
undergone a transformation, becoming a hub for a vibrant young professional
population. It is consistently rated as one of the most up-and-coming cities in
the South. But urban renewal and revitalization hasn’t reached all of
Durham’s residents, and historically African-American neighborhoods in the city
struggle with high rates of violence and poverty.
Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Mon. March 24, 2014 1:08 PM