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Where do we go next? I have three suggestions. One is to enlarge the frame of our work on poverty and race, including a focus on the ever-widening chasm of inequality, and all of it pressing toward the center stage of national attention. A second is to consolidate our work about income, jobs, and cash assistance into a unified frame, which I call a three-legged stool. And the third is to think from a perspective of place, and what that tells us about our antipoverty work.

We need a banner, a message, a theme, a politics for ending poverty. The substance of ending poverty is complex, but making it a top national priority requires finding a unifying concept. Experience tells us that poverty by itself is not enough to achieve center stage.

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Peter B. Edelman, Conclusion: A Way Forward, in Holes in the Safety Net: Federalism and Poverty (Ezra Rosser ed., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2019).