BBC : what would you do if you had all the money in the world?
The power of money:
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2 January 2014 Last updated at 00:45 GMT
If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?
Which leads us to an excellent documentary, part of a series of eight called "Why Poverty?", produced by European channels.
Park Avenue: money, power and the American dream - Why Poverty?
How much inequality is too much? To find out more and get teaching resources linked to the film, go to www.whypoverty.net
740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US -- the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill.
Director Alex Gibney
Producer Blair Foster
Produced by Jigsaw Productions & Steps International
Why Poverty? http://www.whypoverty.net/en/video/29/Give us the money : Bob Geldof and BonoDocumentary which looks at 30 years of Bob Geldof and Bono's campaign against poverty.
AN ANIMATED HISTORY OF POVERTY
Poor people through the ages, beginning in Neolithic times and up to the present.
The New York Times, January 5th 2014
Does the US need another war on poverty ?
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced his “war on poverty,” when the national poverty rate was 19 percent. His project created Medicare, Medicaid, a permanent food stamp program, Head Start, Volunteers in Service to America and the Job Corps.
Fifty years later, much has changed, but much remains the same — the national poverty rate still hovers around 15 percent. Does America need another war on poverty?
How Poverty Undermines American Democracy50 years after Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, tens of millions of second-class Americans are still legally or effectively disenfranchised.
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