Marginalization touches almost every person in some way or another. There are disabled people who deal with things that many able bodied can't imagine. There are homeless and houseless people living in desperate conditions while the upper class privileged couldn't even think of drinking unfiltered water. Where do we meet in the middle? Whose responsibility is it? I say it comes down to the leadership of the community. If not them it comes down to an organization that wants to take the step up and become the leader of the movement. With this step and action being called by the public the local government and officials are likely to take notice.
I think that is the most important thing in the battle against marginalization. The fact is as leaders we want our communities to notice and care that the problem exists not just know about them. In one of the Videos about poverty in India there was a Bollywood star who spoke about leaving a party early because there are 600 million people that need to eat. His reasoning was that for most people at the parties it is unheard of to leave before midnight. This man leaves early in hopes that other people of influence and status will take note and leave early with him. That he will start a trend and the privileged can help the poor. He is a true leader. One who stands up and does something for the good of the whole group rather than seeking individual benefits.
The biggest problem I see is not enough support from our local leaders and authorities. I live in downtown Tempe. I don't go a day without seeing a person begging or performing for food or money. When I moved here many people told me, "don't give them money because then more of them will come up to you." How sad it is to know the stigma of these people who suffer to find a place to sleep let alone find 3 whole meals in a day. These people are stigmatized into being blamed for their harsh life, as if they did something to deserve it. They can't find work because of this stigma. They apply for jobs and they don't have clean clothes for an interview. Some can't even get that far because they have no official address. What I know is that if I were in that situation I wouldn't even know where to go for help.
I realize that I come from an upper class family and I don't go without very often. That is only because of the support system I have. Many times I have been walking with leftovers and I just hand them over because this person could probably use a warm meal. Rather than giving them the change that wouldn't even afford that meal. This change has a statistical chance of being used for a substance rather than for nourishment. I do this not in hope that people will follow me but if they do I am glad that they took action rather than walking by without note. I do this so that I can do any part possible. I have looked and searched for ways to be involved in Phoenix and I do my best to volunteer a couple times a year. I learned this from following the leaders of my community that organize events and provide the resources for the able bodied and privileged to contribute.
All in all, while support from leadership and community awareness are the top two factors to decreasing marginalization and poverty, neither are possible if the community members don't want to act. That I suppose is a whole other problem for the leaders to consider. However I do see that communities of helping individuals have formed. Even though world hunger has not been eliminated and there are millions even billions living in impoverished situations around the world, there are good people trying to make a difference.
Prilleltensky, Nelson Retrieved from http://www.education.miami.edu/isaac/public_web/chapfourteen.htm
Poverty in India. Retrieved March 2, 2014 from http://youtu.be/1-dw2UQzvLk