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Gideon Reisner

Why I Care about Ending Poverty

Extreme poverty is a tragic and humiliating injustice. It is a vicious cycle that, without collective action on a global scale, will condemn 1.22 billion people to a life that they do not deserve. We, as young adults in our privileged and affluent society, have no greater right to food, education and security then anyone else in the world.

Our call to action comes from the undeniable, irrepressible fact that the single greatest determinant of our fortunate lifestyle is nothing more than luck. This, the arbitrary, unpredictable nature of our birth fundamentally compels us to right this injustice.

The good news is that this inequity is being rectified. The relentless forces of justice and compassion are gaining traction - steadily alleviating the crushing effects of extreme poverty. We are a part of this movement, and, in turn, part of something bigger then ourselves.

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