Anti-Poverty Leaders Ignite Movement
Posted at: 04/11/2013 10:23 AM
| Updated at: 04/11/2013 11:58 AM
By: Brittany Falkers
Poverty is a real issue throughout the country and the Northland is no exception. That's why two anti-poverty leaders and making their way to the College of St. Scholastica (CSS).
The Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum at CSS presents a three day event called "Pedagogy of the Poor" April 10 - 12 in Duluth.
Willie Baptist and John Wessel-McCoy are members of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. They are at CSS to promote their message and ignite a movement to end poverty, led by the poor.
"We feel that, especially since the 2008 crisis, that the defining issue is one of the concentration of wealth and the spread of poverty," Baptist said.
The Poverty Initiative focuses on the wealth gap in the U.S. and working to build a movement of equality with teachings from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"There is no reason why, in a country like this, the kind of productive capacity that we have and the wealth, that you have homelessness," Baptist said.
Baptist says that connecting the people living in poverty and to leadership will bring people together to organize and move forward to solve the problem of poverty.
"I think the things we need to overcome in this country is what divides us," Baptist said, "Our message is that we have a lot in common, more in common than we have in differences."
Thursday the public is invited to take part in a lecture on the work of the Poverty Initiative and the principles of "Pedagogy of the Poor." It starts at at 7 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium at St. Scholastica.
There will be one additional workshop Friday, April 12, at First United Methodist Church from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Contact Elyse Carter Vosen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 723-6446 to register.