Winning The War on Poverty? A 3-part series

Posted by on February 20, 2004

Winning The War on Poverty? A 3-part series

Clearly, we have not yet won the war on poverty, declared by President Johnson in the 1960s. From Welfare to Welfare Reform, government programs have attempted to help people struggling to make ends meet. What is the prognosis for people living at or below the poverty line in 2004? This series will explore various anti-poverty initiatives developed by advocates, concerned citizens, communities of faith and social workers, informing and inspiring participants to play a role (or more of one) in powerful initiatives.

* Winning the War on Poverty: Alternative Approaches
February 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Solutions for Progress, 1800 JFK Blvd, 5th Floor
This workshop will feature a panel of experts and advocates who will discuss various approaches to alleviating poverty. The panel discussion followed by “breakout” sessions in small groups which will plan follow-up action. Panelists include Jim Klasen, Vice President of Employment Training, Transitional Work Corporation; Bob Brand, President of Solutions for Progress, developers of Benefit Bank, an innovative program which helps low-income people access much needed resources; and Hannah Brown, founder of Doors to Dignity, a grass-roots mentorship program for single moms, and a proud mother of 7.

Please RSVP to Nick D?Arecca:; 215-468-4772.

* Breaking the Cycle Poverty * Violence * Poverty * Violence * Poverty
March 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm
People?s Emergency Center, Rowan House, 325 N. 39th Street, Community Room
This workshop will feature speakers with different perspectives, sharing their experience of violence in our communities, and what they are now doing to try to break the cycle. Speakers include Intisar Shah, who began the QAAMS Foundation, to honor the memory of her son; Lisa Brown, Family Violence Coordinator and Senior Therapist at People?s Emergency Center, and Wanda Moore, of Peace on the Streets, Peace on Earth.

Please RSVP to Dassette Cameron: or 215-564-4544.

* Hunger 101 @ the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank
March 10th, 6:30-8:30pm
This interactive workshop will give participants a sense of the difficulties facing families who struggle to meet this basic need. Experts from the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank and Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger will speak about their many efforts, from food stamp advocacy to stocking grassroots food cupboards. You’ll leave this session equipped with the knowledge and tools to be part of the solution!

Please RSVP to Dassette Cameron: or 215-564-4544.

For more information about Philadelphia Cares? Citizen Academy, please contact Janice Lion, Director of Programs: 215-564-4544 or

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