Adequate access to food is economic justice. But too many people with low incomes are forced to stretch their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits because they’re not enough to cover the cost of food.
In a recent New York Times magazine article, actor Steven Yeun said, “Sometimes I wonder if the Asian-American experience is what it’s like when you’re thinking about everyone else, but nobody else is thinking about you.” These words hit me harder than expected, particularly during a year where Asian Americans have been disparaged physically, emotionally, and economically while the “progressive” community remains silent.
The Equality Act may help members of the LGBT community when they face discrimination on the job, but it doesn’t address the discrimination that keeps us in low-paying jobs and continually falling into poverty.
A value statement doesn't dismantle generations of injustice deeply entrenched in our ways of doing and governing, but publicly acknowledging that racism—through structural disadvantages and the “weathering” of daily experiences—is a public health crisis gives us a place to start.
A new report provides details on poverty within the LGBTQ community, outlines how it uses public benefit programs for basic needs support, and also offers recommendations for federal agencies to expand access to public benefits, as well as increase data about LGBTQ recipients of public benefit programs.