Saturday, Jun 8, 11 AM-1 PM

New Orleans Launch: Pushed to the Bottom: the Experience of Poverty in the United States

Global Green Community and Climate Action Center
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5400 Douglass St, New Orleans, LA

The Multidimensional Aspects of Poverty research, which was conducted from 2016 to 2019 in six areas across the United States, sought to determine the various aspects of poverty as lived by people in poverty. Based on an innovative approach, people in poverty, academics, and social workers teamed up to design and implement this project, and to analyze the data together. The result is a groundbreaking new look at poverty in the United States. But it is just the beginning. Join us for an evening of presentations and discussion to learn more and to share your own thoughts and ideas. Download the full MAP report at Poverty is created by all of us. Together, we can end it. 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.: Presentations 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Discussion Lunch will be served. Speakers (partial list): Ashana Bigard is a 5th generation New Orleanian and lifelong resident of the Crescent City. As a mother of three, Ashana has been a powerful force for equity and social justice in Louisiana, especially in her work advocating for children and families in Louisiana. Ashana is a writer, educator, and activist who currently advocates and consults with EJP and FFLIC. In addition, she does facilitation work through Theater for Solidarity. Ashana is a fellow with magazine and also serves as a Community Faculty member with Tulane University’s Center for Public Service. Maryann Broxton of ATD Fourth World is co-director of the US branch of the international Multidimensional Aspects of Poverty research. A Boston native and graduate of Lesley University, her first-hand experience of poverty has combined with her academic experience to give her a unique approach to the study of poverty in America. For several years now Maryann has been writing and speaking about the MAP research and on the importance of changing our understanding of poverty in order to fight poverty, including joining economist Jeffrey Sachs on a panel at the United Nations High Level Political Forum in 2018 and giving guest lectures at Harvard University, Columbia University, Merrimack College, and Fordham University. Troy Douse was born on Orleans and Claiborne Avenue in the sixth ward of New Orleans. He attended Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, Bell Jr. High, and Joseph S. Clark Sr. High, the Mighty Bull Dogs that rules Esplanade Avenue. Founder of Come Clean Leave Clean because he went into a facility clean and came out clean. Come Clean Leave Clean is a place that helps people to get clothing and food. Troy’s mission is to try to help others who are dealing with poverty and drug addiction because of his twenty-five years of doing drugs. Now, after being clean for two and half years, he tries to help others. He has been in operation five years. Troy was a facilitator of the MAP research team in New Orleans. Don Everard was born in 1950 in suburban New Orleans. He attended Catholic schools and joined a Catholic religious congregation of men in 1968. He earned a degree in chemistry, then taught math, science and religion for 10 years at the high school level. He also taught at an alternative school for drop outs and push outs. In 1983 he moved into the St. Thomas Public Housing Development and joined the staff of Hope House. At Hope House, he became involved in a range of social justice issues affecting the residents of the St. Thomas/Irish Channel community: death penalty abolition, criminal justice reform, public housing and affordable housing, minimum wage and worker rights, welfare rights, hunger issues, homelessness, etc. He also became much more deeply conscious of racism and white privilege, sexism and male privilege, and social inequality. He enjoys reading, gardening and growing things he can eat, and camping. He tries to live simply and to do no harm to others or to the environment. Dennis Kalob, PhD, is a sociologist focusing on issues related to social and economic inequality and social action. Early in his career (1985) he was chief researcher on a needs assessment of the New Orleans homeless being conducted by the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice at Loyola and commissioned by Catholic Charities. The research team focused on obtaining insights from the homeless themselves, as well as from service providers and those who were seeking change/justice. After teaching at Loyola University for about a decade, Dennis went on to a career at New England College and Manhattan College. Last fall, Dennis returned to New Orleans and to Loyola University where he now researches, writes and advocates on economic justice issues for the Jesuit Social Research Institute. He will also be teaching Social/Political Inequality in the upcoming fall semester at Loyola. Jen Scott is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in the School of Social Work where she teaches courses on social policy. Her research focuses on understanding how economic and political marginalization (or exclusion) affect community and individual wellbeing and health. More specifically, how economic access and immigration status affect individual and family wellbeing. Jen’s interest in poverty and inequality was ignited early on – she grew up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, where economic inequality was all too visible. She has had the great privilege of expanding her understanding globally by working with and learning from people in China, Peru, Mexico, the DRC, and many other places in between. She speaks Spanish (and makes a poor attempt at other languages) and has been working with the Latino immigrant community in Texas since beginning (and completing) her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. She hopes that some day her work contributes to something that helps life a little easier for people, even if just a little.