Buffalo Truth Commission on Poverty

Start: January 25, 2018 6:00 PM

End: January 25, 2018 8:00 PM

Location:SEIU1199 Main St Office2421 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

Host Contact Info: Rev. Kirk Laubenstein, kirk@cejbuffalo.org


It is time to speak truth to power! Join us Thursday, January 25, 2018 6-8pm for Buffalo Truth Commission on Poverty, to give testimony to our struggles.

We call all people who have been impacted by poverty, discrimination, and related injustices, direct service providers, advocates, faith and religious leaders, and experts to a seat at the table to address:

-How poverty and injustices have impacted you, your family, and/or your community.

-The impact of the leadership, organizing, resistance, and resilience you've seen or experienced in your communities.

-Your values and vision for a just community.

Our goal is to tell the truth about ongoing injustices in New York communities, develop stronger relationships and commitment to solidarity, and to support local efforts organizing and advocating against poverty.

A light dinner will be provided to all who attend. You can share the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313251759189985/

New York has one of the highest income inequalities in the nation, with over 50% of children living in poverty in the city of Buffalo alone, and one out of every 2 people are living in poverty or are low income today.

The Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State has found that "Families with a black head-of-household are twice as likely and Latino-headed families are two-and-a-half times more likely to be low-income than white-headed households. In addition, Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo all rank in the top 10 U.S. metro areas with the highest concentration of black and Latino poverty. " (Source: https://laborreligion.org/truthcommission/).

Despite New York State's progressive reputation, racial and economic injustice are devastating and dividing communities.

Co-Sponsors: Coalition for Economic Justice, Unity Fellowship, VOICE Buffalo, Western New York Peace Center, Food for All - a program of Network of Religious Communities, Campaign for NY Health, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS, Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (list in formation)