I don’t usually jump on these things, but this year Blog Action Day is on October 15th (my birthday!) and the topic is poverty (my favourite social issue!).
The goal of the organizers is to get as many bloggers as possible blogging about poverty on October 15th.
You can approach poverty from many different angles, and it overlaps with so many other social issues, like disability, child care, education, housing, health, social services, and addictions. Plus, poverty lends itself to so many different types of exploration – descriptive, analytic, personal, political, and photographic.
Even if you’ve never been poor yourself, it’s unlikely that you’re completely unaffected by poverty. I remember reading a few years ago that an astonishing proportion of women were afraid that they were going to end up as ‘bag ladies.’ A lot of households are bulging at the seams because grown kids are returning home (sometimes with children), unable to afford housing. In cities like Calgary the economic boom is sending shockwaves through its more marginalized populations, who are being displaced from low-end housing.
There’s plenty of room for everybody on the subject of poverty. It’s going to be good.