Waging a Smart War on Poverty

By Sally Schaeffer

Director of Government Relations, Independent Sector

In a Q&A in the Huffington Post, Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander of The Salvation Army asked Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) about how to “wage a smart war on poverty” in distressed communities across the country.

It’s been 52 years since the declaration of the war on poverty by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and more than 43 million Americans still live in poverty. In response, Senators Booker and Scott unveiled a bipartisan plan called the Investing in Opportunity Act.

In the Q&A, Senator Booker spoke to the importance of collaborating to raise awareness of major problems affecting our society and finding ways to solve them together.

“We can’t expect to succeed and compete in a global economy if we’re leaving so many Americans on the sidelines. Poverty lies at the root of the fundamental debates and issues of our time: criminal justice reform, education, fair and affordable housing, economic growth, and racial and social justice. Alleviating poverty is a moral imperative and important to our collective future. It is an issue that requires an all-hands-on-deck approach rooted in collaboration, smart policy, and compassion. Organizations like The Salvation Army have an important role to play in building consensus, raising awareness, and providing meaningful support for those living with the daily reality of poverty.”

Commissioner Jeffrey will be speaking at the Independent Sector Conference about how the U.S. compares to other countries regarding major issues such as poverty at the session titled, “How the U.S. Compares on the Global Stage” on November 18 at 10:30 am.

Read the full Q&A at huffingtonpost.com.