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I’m the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. Our city is starting a guaranteed income program to fight back against poverty — and the rest of the US should take notice.

Homes are shown boarded up in Providence, Rhode Island. Someone in a red hoodie rides a bike past the houses.

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In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the beginning of our country’s “War on Poverty” by saying, in part: “Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” 

President Johnson’s war on poverty was ambitious, radical, and intensely optimistic about what we, as a nation, could achieve. It imagined that every American would be offered the stability and opportunities we all need to thrive. 

Yet, in the intervening decades, the War on Poverty has instead become a war on the poor. Instead of details ⇒

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