There is an inequality problem in America. Economic mobility has become stalled. The result is a caste system, in which birth equals destiny.

In Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice, Michael Gerson, Stephanie Summers and Katie Thompson explore five key issues that are taking a disproportionate and devastating toll on low-income Americans. Topics include:

  • The Importance of Early Childhood
  • The Foster Care to Trafficking Pipeline
  • Juvenile Justice Reform
  • The Graduation Gap
  • Predatory Payday Lending

For each topic, Gerson puts a lens on the magnitude of the problem, Summers applies a public justice framework for considering solutions, and Thompson tells the story of real Americans who have experienced these issues first hand.