Maurice Lim Miller


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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