Melissa Rochelle's Reviews > Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted by Matthew Desmond
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it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2020, nonfiction

I remember reading Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America . Clearly. It was for an intro class for my minor with one of my favorite professors. Reading Evicted reminded me of that first (of many to come) eye-opening experiences years ago.

THIS: "Child labor laws, the minimum wage, workplace safety regulations, other other protections we now take for granted came about when we chose to place the well-being of people above money." Can we come together again and make real change that actually helps American families? Can we focus on the lives that aren't thriving now instead of arguing about the lives of the unborn that we can't even take care of?

How is it possible that in a nation as wealthy as America has allowed it's citizens to "live" without basic needs being met? Why are we so selfish? Individual responsibility isn't possible when the system is only there to tear you back down. How responsible can one be when they have nothing?

Like with Nickel & Dimed, I still have a lot of questions, but with lots of life behind me, I'm better equipped to ask the right people and hopefully make meaningful change happen.

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Reading Progress

June 16, 2020 – Started Reading
June 21, 2020 – Finished Reading
June 22, 2020 – Shelved
June 22, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
June 22, 2020 – Shelved as: nonfiction

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