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The 2009 Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign/Social Welfare Action Alliance Joint Conference, Workshops & Strategy Sessions

“Building the Unsettling Force”: A National Conference to End Poverty

Louisville, KY July 16 – 19th



Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

The dispossessed of this nation — the poor, both white and Negro live in a cruelly unjust society.  They must organize a revolution against that injustice, not against the lives of persons who are their fellow citizens, but against the structures through which the society is refusing to take means which have been called for, and which are at hand, to lift the load of poverty. . .  

Social Welfare Action Alliance

Social Welfare Action Alliance







There are millions of poor people in this country who have very little, or even nothing, to lose.  If they can be helped to take action together, they will do so with a freedom and a power that will be a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. December, 1967


Social Welfare Action Alliance – http://www.socialwelfareactionalliance.org/


Arenas of Struggle Dialogs & Facilitators (Friday, 11:00-12:30)

The following are community-wide dialog sessions organized by the primary arenas of struggle in which we work.  They are intended to explore further the morning’s examination of our historical and contemporary context.  Facilitators will make a brief presentation to stimulate discussion.  

The Right to Health – Ethel Long-Scott, Women’s Economic Agenda Project Sandy Perry, CHAM Deliverance Ministry  

The Right to a Living Wage – Logan Martinez, Nat’l Jobs for All Coalition Representatives from UNITE  

The Right to Housing, Utilities, & Water – Cheri Honkala, PPEHRC 

The Right to Education/Youth in the Movement – Deeq Abdi, Ricky Brunner, & Bobbie Patterson, MN PPEHRC Representatives from Loring Nicollet Alternative School 

The Right to Communication/The Media – Heather M. Kendell, ASL Advocates Representative from Tribuno del Pueblo

Arts & Culture – Lee Ballinger, Rock A Mole Productions Shamako Noble, Hip-Hop Congress & PPEHRC

Local to Global Movement-Building:  The International Arena & Immigration -Rosemary Barbera, Monmouth University Jen Cox, PPEHRC International Committee

Religion & Faith Communities – Rev. Bruce Wright, Tampa Refuge Ministries  

Policy, Legislation & the Legal Arena – Cecelia Perry, AFSCME[1] Larry Bresler, PPEHRC

Social work & Human Services  – Khalilah Collins, Women in Transition Jennifer R. Jewell, Spalding University Mary Bricker-Jenkins, PPEHRC & Temple University

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