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Opinion: The Pandemic Wasn’t the First Crisis for Washington’s Poor

by Naomi Finkelstein and James Petersen


Long before the crisis of a pandemic, we were living with the crisis of poverty. Both Naomi and James were homeless starting when they were teenagers, and now they’re still struggling to survive.

Naomi, 56, of Seattle, grew up in the Bronx. They were thrown out of their house when their family learned they were queer. They lived on the streets for two years in squats and shelters. It’s the type of trauma that stays in a person’s body, they say.

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