Tupelo, Bridges Out of Poverty

Yesterday the Mayor reported on the status of the city. this was a rah rah rah speach about what has happened that is good in tupelo in the past year. No, I don’t have a problem with that. However it was entitled “State of the city” so almost all of the problems were not mentioned. I realize no one likes to talk about the problems but ignoring them won’t make them go away nor will it cause a discussion on possible cures.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a national program working in more than 40+ cities across America that lends a hand to reduce poverty in communities. Starkville started in Augfust and you can go to www.starkvillebridged.com and see what is happening ther. It is not a government funded program but a grass roots endeavor. I have started it in tupelo and the first meeting will be March 1st, featuring Jodi Pfarr as speaker. Yes there is a fee, $70, to help me recover the more than $3,000 to start this. I don’t invest in failures and this project as I said before is working in many cities so why not Tupelo. This is for anyone who wants to try something that works and needs the training to be a leader. This is about those of us that are better off, helpiing those less well off. tI is not a government program, no hand outs on help moving forward. If you would like more information go to the Starkville site, google Jodi Pfarr, or go to bridges out of poverty and you will find many articles or sites. There will be future meetings involving Mississippi State Early Ed Institute and the William Winter Institutew on Racial Reconciliation. If you want to begin to change Tupelo you must start with the at birth citizen and his/her mother and father. This is the first step and you are not only invited but encouraged to join us in making a difference. We must change the generations of continued poverty. Starting with the new mothers and newborns, we begin to break the mental cycle of no hope. In the long run we will have more middle class, better students, less healthcare costs, less welfare, less crime and a better work force. Isn’t that what we all want. Isn’t that what is holding us back. No quick fix, just steady change year by year. The meeting is at the Link Center March 1st, invludes the days seminar, work books and lunch. For more info go to tupelobridges.com. no www. Create is collecting the money and making a contribution. If you want to attend make your check to Create Bridges Out of Poverty and the same if you would like to make a donation as a sponsor. After the seminars, but not the same day, we will develope our own customized plan to reduce poverty based on the Bridges structure.

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  1. It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.
    Among mothers of all ages, a majority — 59 percent in 2009 — are married when they have children. But the surge of births outside marriage among younger women — nearly two-thirds of children in the United States are born to mothers under 30 — is both a symbol of the transforming family and a hint of coming generational change.

    One group still largely resists the trend: college graduates, who overwhelmingly marry before having children. That is turning family structure into a new class divide, with the economic and social rewards of marriage increasingly reserved for people with the most education.
    Marriage has become a luxury good,” said Frank Furstenberg, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

    The shift is affecting children’s lives. Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.

    The forces rearranging the family are as diverse as globalization and the pill. Liberal analysts argue that shrinking paychecks have thinned the ranks of marriageable men, while conservatives often say that the sexual revolution reduced the incentive to wed and that safety net programs discourage marriage.
    Amber Strader, 27, was in an on-and-off relationship with a clerk at Sears a few years ago when she found herself pregnant. A former nursing student who now tends bar, Ms. Strader said her boyfriend was so dependent that she had to buy his cigarettes. Marrying him never entered her mind. “It was like living with another kid,” she said.

    When a second child, with a new boyfriend, followed three years later — her birth control failed, she said — her boyfriend, a part-time house painter, was reluctant to wed.
    Large racial differences remain: 73 percent of black children are born outside marriage, compared with 53 percent of Latinos and 29 percent of whites. And educational differences are growing. About 92 percent of college-educated women are married when they give birth, compared with 62 percent of women with some post-secondary schooling and 43 percent of women with a high school diploma or less, according to Child Trends.

    Lisa Mercado, an unmarried mother in Lorain, would not be surprised by that. Between nursing classes and an all-night job at a gas station, she rarely sees her 6-year-old daughter, who is left with a rotating cast of relatives. The girl’s father has other children and rarely lends a hand.

    “I want to do things with her, but I end up falling asleep,” Ms. Mercado said.

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