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Defeat Poverty DC: Putting Economic Opportunity on the 2010 Political Agenda

A coalition of advocates led by the  DC Fiscal Policy Institute and including Legal Aid has announced the launch event for the Defeat Poverty DC.   Defeat Poverty DC is designed to increase awareness of the crisis in poverty in the District and to initiate a conversation about solutions.  Information regarding this event is provide below with additional information being availabe at the DC FPI website.

Defeat Poverty DC:
Putting Economic Opportunity on the 2010 Political Agenda

What:
Panel discussion, moderated by NBC News4 political reporter Tom Sherwood, and release of new report on growing poverty in DC during the recession.

When:
March 24, 2010, 9:00 –10:30 a.m.

Where:
The True Reformer Building,
Lankford Auditorium
1200 U Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Defeat Poverty DC is a new coalition of organizations and residents in the District of Columbia working to bring greater focus during the 2010 election season and beyond to the damaging effects of poverty on our entire city. The District’s long-term economic vitality depends on helping families obtain good jobs, affordable housing, and quality health care and child care.

The 2010 mayoral and city council elections give us a chance to have a serious discussion about what our city must do to make work possible for low-skilled DC residents; make work pay enough to support a family; and make basic needs like housing and health care affordable for all.

The event will include a lively panel discussion among local officials and community leaders about the need for the city’s elected officials to formulate clear policies for defeating poverty in DC. We need leaders who will make defeating poverty in our city a priority!

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by March 19 to Tamanna Mansury at Tamanna@thehatchergroup.com or 301-656-0348.

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Defeat Poverty DC is a non-partisan initiative that is bringing together advocacy groups, business, labor, faith organizations and residents throughout the city. It is led by a steering committee made up of organizations with a long history of advocating for those in need: the Children’s Law Center, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, DC Appleseed, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, DC Hunger Solutions, the Moriah Fund, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, and Wider Opportunities for Women.

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