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Welfare Migration

From: MPR News Stations
Series: MPR News' Youth Series
Length: 07:06

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Paris Porter explores the truth around his family's move. Was it Minnesota a welfare magnet in the 1990s or a jobs magnet for people who wanted to build better lives?

Paris_serious_small Paris Porter moved from the South Side of Chicago to St. Paul, Minnesota when he was 6. His family was part of a migration to the Twin Cities in the 1990s when the economy was creating more jobs than it had workers to fill them. Porter revisits the journey, and the controversy that flared around families like his moving in.

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Paris Porter moved from the South Side of Chicago to St. Paul, Minnesota when he was 6. His family was part of a migration to the Twin Cities in the 1990s when the economy was creating more jobs than it had workers to fill them. Porter revisits the journey, and the controversy that flared around families like his moving in.

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Important Story!

Thanks for providing us with a perspective from those who've weathered the attacks on low-income families, aka "welfare reform." This young man has done an excellent job identifying and demystifying some of the sources of ignorance around "public assistance." It's rare if at all that mainstream media provides a critical, first-person look at the causes and real human consequences of poverty and inequality in the U.S. Thanks for producing this piece.

Broadcast History

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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

The 1990s saw a migration of people from places like Gary, Indiana and Chicago to the Twin Cities. They were looking for safer communities and good schools and jobs. But their arrival wasn’t always welcomed. Paris Porter came to St. Paul with his family when he was six, in 1996. He tells the story from inside that migration, beginning with a drive down University Avenue, where he first arrived in St. Paul.

OUTRO:

Paris Porter's story is part of Minnesota Public Radio's Youth Radio Series. He comes to us from ThreeSixty Journalism.

Related Website

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/08/south_side_to_stpaul/