From the NEW MEXICO NEWS SERVICE
Albuquerque, NM - Today (Tuesday, October 17, 2006) people around the world will be taking a stand against poverty. October 17 is the fourteenth International day for the Eradication of Poverty. It's a date of special note for New Mexico - which has the second-highest rate of poverty in the country, and local organizations hope the state will take steps to change that. Comments from Kay Monaco with New Mexico Voices for Children.
This time of year, kids are already looking forward to Halloween treats, but today (Tuesday) grown-ups around the world are more concerned with the number of children without any goodies in their treat bag - those living in poverty. It's the fourteenth International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Kay Monaco with New Mexico Voices for Children says it's an event of particular importance to New Mexicans because "About 1 in 4 kids in New Mexico lives in poverty... Lots of the health outcomes for kids really link back to poverty, things like school drop-out rates and teen pregnancy."
Monaco and New Mexico Voices for Children would like to see the state adopt a number of policies that could help to reduce the number of families living below the poverty line. Monaco said, "Things like a minimum wage campaign, a state earned income tax credit, expanding health care coverage, expanding child care assistance for low-income and working families."
For more info on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty go to http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/poverty/poverty_link3.htm