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Shriver Center in the News

LaTanya Jackson Wilson, vice president of advocacy at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, discusses the impact that the elimination of the grocery tax would have on working families in Illinois.

Wendy Pollack, the director of the Women’s Law and Policy Initiative at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, thinks that Chicago’s new ordinance to guarantee living wages for service industry workers doesn't go far enough.

Democratic lawmakers in Springfield have introduced legislation that would get rid of the lower minimum wage for the state’s tipped workers. Shriver Center President and CEO Audra Wilson explains how the Illinois law would help tipped workers and not overburden small business owners.

Application fees. Credit check fees. Move-in fees. Move-out fees. Even fees to be able to use a maintenance hotline. These days, such fees are pushing the true cost of renting an apartment in Chicago far above the listed price for rent.

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News Releases

This one-day event marks the 60th year of the war on poverty. That national commitment led to the Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s formation under Sargent Shriver.

A new ordinance passed today by the Chicago City Council will double the minimum number of paid days off available for Chicago workers, making the city the first in the country to offer paid time off.

The 2022 annual report reflects on the past year’s accomplishments to close the wealth gap for people of color amid a rise in racialized violence during a challenging political environment.

Nonprofit executive brings nearly 25 years’ experience in fundraising initiatives, special events and stakeholder engagement.

Innovative program celebrates 10th anniversary of training anti-poverty advocates in racial equity. 

Earlier News Releases


Statement from Audra Wilson, President and CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law

We applaud the Chicago City Council Workforce Development Committee for voting earlier today, 13-2, to expand our city’s current paid time off requirements.

A contemporary of Sargent Shriver, Newton Minow leaves behind public service legacy.

Earlier Statements

From the Desk of Audra Wilson

‘A future worth fighting for’

President and CEO Audra Wilson reflects on our history and solutions to advance our shared mission

Harvard’s leadership scandal underscored by racial bias

Statement from Audra Wilson, President and CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law

There’s No Room for White Fragility in the Fight for Racial Justice

Minimizing, sanitizing, or rejecting the existence of racism doesn’t make it vanish.

We Are Made by History

The challenges we face in the fight for racial and economic justice have roots in our history as a country.

Attacks on Critical Race Theory Undermine Advocacy for Racial and Economic Justice

Without history, there is no basis for comprehensive advocacy efforts for racial and economic justice.

We Must Honor American Workers on Labor Day by Continuing to Fight for Their Rights

We must acknowledge the myriad challenges facing workers, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

Laying Down the Burdens of Being First, Only Different

Embracing, supporting and promoting BIPOC leaders can truly enrich an organization.

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