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ADVISORY: Building Local Momentum for National Change: Experts to Discuss Findings of Half in Ten Annual Poverty and Inequality Report
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Building Local Momentum for National Change: Experts to Discuss Findings of Half in Ten Annual Poverty and Inequality Report

Press Contacts

  • Chelsea Kiene

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, November 17, the Center for American Progress Action Fund will bring together local officials, policy experts, and advocates for a discussion on building a national anti-poverty movement. Half in Ten—a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Coalition on Human Needs, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—will also release its annual poverty and inequality indicators report, which examines 21 different indicators of economic security and opportunity to track the goal of cutting poverty in half in 10 years.

The progress on passing policies to cut poverty at the national level remains frustratingly stagnant, but an anti-poverty agenda is building momentum at the local level. In states and municipalities across the country, movements to raise the minimum wage, provide paid sick leave, and offer universal pre-K have gained steam. Although the national poverty rate fell from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013—the first statistically significant decrease since 2006—too many low-income Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet even in a growing economy. As the groundwork for the 2016 election cycle begins, this event will dig deep into the findings of this year’s report and identify strategies to leverage these local movements and successes to build a truly national anti-poverty movement.

WHO:

Opening remarks:
Neera Tanden, Counselor, Center for American Progress Action Fund; President of the Center for American Progress
Corrine Yu, Managing Policy Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Keynote speaker:
Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK

Featured speaker:
Virgil Pack, Richmond, Virginia

Featured panelists:
Darius Brown, Councilman, Wilmington City Council
Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice
Julie Menin, Commissioner, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

Moderated by:
Melissa Boteach, Vice President of Half in Ten, Center for American Progress Action Fund

WHEN:

Monday, November 17, 2014
10:30 a.m. ET – 12:00 p.m. ET

Coffee will be served at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

Map and directions

RSVP:

RSVP to attend this event.
Space is extremely limited. RSVP required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

For more information, contact Chelsea Kiene at ckiene@americanprogressaction.org or 202.478.5328.

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