Saturday, March 10, 2007

Catholic students meet to discuss Cleveland poverty

CLEVELAND (AP) -- With a determination to do something to help alleviate poverty in the city rated as the nation's most impoverished, more than 900 high school students from throughout the Cleveland Roman Catholic Diocese met Friday to pray and talk about strategy.

The first-time poverty summit was organized by Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice, a social action group formed in 2002 by educators at high schools and colleges within the diocese of about 800,000 Catholics.....

On Aug. 29, Cleveland was ranked as the nation's poorest big city by the U.S. Census Bureau for the second time in three years. Detroit held the dubious distinction until the government's American Community Survey research put Cleveland back in the top rank with 32.4 percent of its approximately 450,000 people living below the poverty level.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's response then was that Cleveland's rate of poverty has been among the highest in the United States for many years and that the city needs to put together an appropriate anti-poverty plan. More....

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