Family Independence Initiative


Mon July 1, 2013

Questioning the assumptions we make about poor people with Maurice Lim Miller

Maurice Lim Miller founded the Family Independence Initiative and recieved a MacArthur Genius Award for his innovative approach to fighting poverty.
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In 1999, Jerry Brown called Maurice Lim Miller at home. Brown was mayor of Oakland at the time, and Miller was on the board of an organization applying for more than $10 million dollars for youth programs. 

“And most mayors you’d think would be really happy that we’re bringing that kind of money into the city,” says Miller.

But Brown wasn’t happy – he was upset. And after looking more closely at the proposal, Miller understood why.

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Tue August 7, 2012

Today on Your Call: What are the proven models to reducing poverty in communities?

On today's Your Call we’ll have a conversation with organizations that are working to tackle poverty. There are 46 million people and nearly 15 million children living in poverty in the United States today. Are there workable solutions out there? Join us live at 10 or send an email to How do you think we can reduce poverty? It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you.


Mia Birdsong, the vice president of the Family Independence Initiative

Ethel Long-Scott, Executive Director of the Women’s Economic Agenda Project

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