“Building the Unsettling Force”: A National Conference to End Poverty
Louisville, KY July 16 – 19th
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. . .
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 Larry Bresler, PPEHRC
Social work & Human Services – Khalilah Collins, Women in Transition Jennifer R. Jewell, Spalding University Mary Bricker-Jenkins, PPEHRC & Temple University