This is the time of year that, as many of us gather close with family and loved ones, we consider the ways we can help those among us who are struggling. We make donations to local charities, we volunteer, and we serve meals at soup kitchens. These efforts to serve our neighbors and communities are admirable, to be sure, and they often provide an essential lifeline. However, if we truly desire to end poverty in our communities, we must recognize that these acts of charity are not enough — and cannot be enough.
Back in July, residents from across the Capital District gathered together to share their stories and experiences of poverty, as well as their stories of resistance. This was part of a series of events around New York State, and the testimonies gathered have been compiled into a report, available here: nytruthcommission.org