Shorty hasn’t paid taxes in years, isn’t receiving any government assistance and doesn’t even have an ID. She’s not in the system; the government doesn’t even know she exists. Still, FINALLY, we managed to get her CARES Act check, and the result was life-changing.
Shorty has evacuated her sidewalk tent and is now living in her Nissan Pathfinder.
We tend to think of a place like El Salvador as very different from the U.S. and its famously lauded cities. But my latest op-ed column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune examines the stark similarities in treatment of the very poor from one border to the next.
In many ways, the poverty evident in Skid Row, Los Angeles, is some of the world’s most egregious.