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It’s Labor Day, the day we honor working people. Almost everyone will celebrate by pulling out a grill. Some may celebrate by tweeting job numbers. For us, we will celebrate by respecting the true story about poverty today.

I realize, many of our posts are anecdotal, with a #thebeaconoglight image captured by Amir. Today, we’ll respect the issue on a deeper level by sharing a few facts y’all.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics), about 40.6 million people, or 12.7 percent of the nation’s population, lived below the poverty line. With that, women were more likely than men to be among the working poor. In addition, Blacks or African Americans and Hispanics or Latinos continued to be about twice as likely as Whites and Asians to be among the working poor.

Through the lens of family, families maintained by women (single mothers), were twice as likely as families maintained by men (single fathers), to be living below the poverty level. Specifically, families
maintained by women with children had a working-poor rate of 22.8 percent, more than double that of families maintained by men with children, at 11.2 percent.

Now, I know you’re off today and you’ve got to get back to that grill, but I want you to know, I am grateful you are reading this post. I deeply believe the Bay Area is woke, I know we care. I know you care.

So, let’s go a little deeper…The same report above speaks to Labor Market problems. Even though people who usually work full time are less likely to live in poverty, there were still 3.4 million (or 2.9 percent) full-time wage and salary workers who were classified as working poor in 2016.
So folks may be working, but they’re not being paid equally. Which is a particular problem in the bay, which was recently ranked among the top 13 cities with the worst income inequality.And this now, is where uu comes in. Creating solutions in community to alleviate poverty in the lives of single mothers, one of the most poverty impacted communities (working or not), in our nation.

In conclusion, as we celebrate Labor Day, know that we still have work to do. No surface skimming. No blaming. No hiding, but pure respect by diving in, learning the truth, staying close and working in community.
That’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Okay, go turn that chicken over.