Gene Nichol on WRAL's On the Record
Professor Nichol discussed poverty with WRAL's David Crabtree in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty." The interview covered many poverty-related topics, including national and state poverty levels, successes in ameliorating poverty among our older population, high poverty rate among children (especially African American children), and many others.
Professor Nichol began the interview thusly:
"I think for Americans Generally that is something of a surprise when they learn that this is the richest nation by far - that's no great surprise - but when they hear that we have the highest poverty levels of all the advance nations by far, and particularly child poverty levels, I think that's a surprise to them."
Watch the rest of the interview via wral.com.
Gene Nichol on WUNC's the State of Things
Professor Nichol joined Legal Aid of North Carolina client, Ashley Quinones, and chair of Legal Aid's Board of Directors, Charles Holton, on WUNC's the State of Things in November to discuss issues of access to the civil justice system. Represented by Legal Aid, Ms. Quinones, initially denied a needed kidney transplant by Medicaid, appealed her case and received the life-saving care she needed. Ms. Quinones was not able to afford an attorney and credits Legal Aid for their fervent advocacy on her case.
"We (in America) simply operate a legal system that goes under the working assumption that very high percentages of folks will be priced out of its use… It is inconsistent with the equal justice that we profess with the dedication to liberty and justice for
all," said Gene Nichol, distinguished professor and director of the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at University of North Carolina School of Law.
Listen to the full segment.
Poverty Center releases Poverty Curriculum
The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity is pleased to release a high school curriculum about poverty in America. The curriculum was designed by Brian McDonald, a teacher at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, for use with high school students.
The curriculum aims to inform a new generation of Americans about the history, causes, and effects of domestic poverty as well as how poverty remains a problem in society today. Mr. McDonald’s curriculum has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education for Durham Public Schools.
The units can be used as a group to make up the foundation for a stand-alone class on poverty, or can be introduced as smaller lessons within other courses.
Seeing the Invisible: Yearlong News & Observer Series Published
During 2013, Professor Nichol of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity wrote a monthly column, Seeing the Invisible, about poverty in North Carolina to be published in the News & Observer on the last Sunday of each month.
We hope you will join us in this examination of the faces and issues of poverty in our state.
Introduction: In NC, poverty pervades as we evade, January 27, 2013
What are we doing for the least of these?, February 24, 2013
Shocking burden of $800 light bills, March 30, 2013
Peter Gilbert's piece on the Center for Civil Rights' blog:" Duke Must Take Debt along with Assets..." February 6, 2014
Subsequent article and opinion piece by the N&O on high electrical bills.
State Senators Buck Newton and Angela Bryant are co-sponsors of Senate Bill 720, introduced April 2, 2013, that would require the agency that provides electricity to many towns in eastern NC to negotiate with Duke Energy to transfer or sell its ownership interest in five electricity-generating plants. The debt incurred in purchasing this interest is one of the reasons that some residents of eastern NC face outrageously large electricity bills.
Full of courage, smarts, yet facing empty future, April 27, 2013
Digging into NC districts, desperation easy to find, May 25, 2013
The picked-on in Brunswick county's paradise, June 29, 2013
In a growing state, a growing hunger, July 28, 2013
Desperate for dental work, an all-night wait, August 25, 2013
In urban North Carolina, deep pockets of misery masked, September 29, 2013
Most of NC's poor cannot afford legal representation, October 27, 2013
Selfless saints support North Carolina's poor with little help, November 24, 2013
From silence to savagery, pain for the poor intensifies, December 28, 1013
Indicating that they were inspired by the Poverty Center's News & Observer series, Professors Luisa Deprez and Sandy Butler have launched a similar effort in Maine. Read about economic inequality in Maine monthly in the Bangor Daily News.
Al Clark, Executive Editor of The Daily Reflector out of Greenville, NC, wrote about his perspective of the Seeing the Invisible series in this recent article: