Roy Gilbert

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 on April 08, 2021 in Providence, Rhode Island. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Instead of eliminating poverty, the “War on Poverty” has become a war on the poor.

We need to listen to what poor people say they need — they are the ones fighting poverty, not the politicians.

Guaranteed income programs are the bold intervention we need to increase economic mobility.

Jorge O. Elorza is the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.

This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.

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Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy .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 providing low-income members of our community with the opportunity and stability that Johnson imagined, our society has largely mistaken our […]

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