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First, praise poured in. When Knopf published The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler, the New York Times Book Review called it "one of those seminal books that every American should read, and read now." The Washington Post said it "should be required reading not just for every member of Congress, but for every eligible voter." Then, a funny thing happened. The praise was echoed by questions; everyone wanted to know how they could help the Americans whose lives Shipler graciously studied and documented. From drifting farmworkers in North Carolina to exploited garment workers in New Hampshire, illegal immigrants trapped in the steaming kitchens of Los Angeles, all are hard-working, but unable to support themselves—and readers like you want to help.

Here, Shipler talks about how he came to write the book, and what the experience has been like. He also offers a list of organizations he believes in. Many helped him research the book. We hope this helps you help them.

In this first clip, Shipler talks about how he came to write The Working Poor.
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Next, he addresses what politicians can do to help.
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From reviewers to the general public, he talks about what the response to this book has been like, including a touching story about one person who wanted to help.
Windows Media | Quicktime (2 minutes, 17 seconds)


Baltimore Growth and Nutrition Clinic
An inter-disciplinary clinic that provides evaluation and treatment to children under age three who have growth or feeding problems.
No website. Please call or write to inquire donate or volunteer your time.
Growth and Nutrition Clinic
Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland
655 W. Lombard street, Suite 311
Baltimore, Maryland 20201
PH: 410-706-4140

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles. As a multiethnic coalition of community organizations and individuals, CHIRLA aims to foster greater understanding of the issues that affect immigrant communities, provide a neutral forum for discussion, and unite immigrant groups to more effectively advocate for positive change.
Donate online at: http://www.chirla.org/

Community of Hope (in DC)
Community of Hope is a nonprofit in Washington DC that has been helping the city's low income and homeless adults and children for over 20 years.
Donate online and find out how to get involved at: http://www.communityofhopedc.org

Episcopal Farm Worker Ministry (in Newton Grove, NC)

Farm Labor Organizing Committee (in Ohio or NC)
The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (FLOC) is a union representing people who do some of the most important work in America—migrant farmworkers who pick the food we eat. Though these men, women, and too often, children feed our nation, they typically work for poverty wages, in fields laced with pesticides, under a broiling sun. At day's end, they return to housing that can only be described as degrading to the human spirit.
Donate online at: http://www.floc.com/

Growth and Nutrition Clinic (in Baltimore)

Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (in LA)
KIWA's mission is to empower low wage immigrant workers and to develop a progressive constituency and leadership amongst low wage immigrant workers in Los Angeles that can join the struggle in solidarity with other underrepresented communities for social change and justice.

Local Investment Commission (in Kansas City)
The Local Investment Commission is a citizen-driven community collaborative involving efforts by the state of Missouri to work with neighborhood leaders, citizens, business, civic and labor leaders to improve the lives of children and families in Kansas City and Jackson County.

So Others Might Eat (SOME in DC) particularly their Center for Employment Training
So Others Might Eat (SOME) exists to help the poor and destitute of Washington, D.C., particularly the homeless and elderly. Our ministry is primarily one of hospitality; we strive to serve anyone in need who comes our way. Our goal is never to pass judgment but to nourish, support, and when need be, to challenge.
Donate online at: http://www.some.org/

Southwest Community Services (in Claremont, NH)