A “poverty simulation” turned into a protest Tuesday in Philadelphia.
The exercise was designed to simulate the life of a family in poverty, so city officials could stand in those shoes for a while and experience what it’s like to seek government assistance and deal with the system that helps provide essential services.
Councilman Curtis Jones brought several of his colleagues to City Hall to take part in the demonstration of the many hurdles confronting the needy in the poorest big city in America.
“We’re here to experience what we don’t have to experience, but what our constituents live every single day,” Jones said.
But Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif — who crashed city press conferences over the summer to protest police brutality — interrupted the event in Conversation Hall, saying there’s no need for a simulation when real poverty is so close by.
“You don’t have to have a mock simulation, you can go actually into the communities and talk to the people and find solutions to help rise them above their troubles,” he said.
Jones then agreed to accompany Khalif on what the activist called a firsthand tour of poverty in the city.