One out of every four families in America is considered low-income, living paycheck to paycheck, often without health care or a real opportunity for advancement.
A new documentary “Waging a Living,” directed by Roger Weisberg and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Ford Foundation, takes an in-depth look at the struggles of three low-wage workers trying to make ends meet. The Brookings Center on Children and Families presented a 30-minute documentary titled, “Waging a Living: Opportunities for Action,” on July 26. The full documentary will premiere on PBS’ Emmy award-winning P.O.V. (Point Of View) series on August 29.
Following the preview, Brookings hosted a panel discussion with leading experts and program directors to address the obstacles facing low-income workers and steps that can be taken by employers and federal, state, and local policymakers to provide better lives for their families.
Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families, Ron Haskins, provided introductory remarks. Jason DeParle, staff writer at the New York Times and author of American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare, moderated.
Senior Fellow, and Co-Director, Brookings Center on Children and Families
Staff Writer, New York Times
Senior Economist, Economic Policy Institute
Senior Associate, Young Adults and Postsecondary Education Policy Area MDRC
Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Interim Director, D.C. Department of Human Services, Washington, DC
Executive Director, Texas Workforce Commission