Shriver Center on Poverty Law honors the war on poverty’s 60th year
January 11, 2024
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CHICAGO – Matthew Desmond will deliver the keynote address at the 2024 Poverty Summit. Desmond is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller “Poverty, by America” and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” He is also a sociology professor at Princeton University.
The hybrid summit will highlight progress, current challenges and solutions that advance equity. 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.
“Matthew Desmond has a powerful message about how American poverty persists because we profit from it,” said Audra Wilson, president and CEO of the Shriver Center. “But poverty is a policy choice — and we can make better choices. We can invest in communities and families so we all thrive together. That’s a future worth fighting for.”
The event includes interactive sessions about ongoing efforts and new opportunities. The sessions are:
Tickets cost $75 for in-person attendance and $25 for virtual attendance.
About the Shriver Center on Poverty Law
The Shriver Center on Poverty Law fights for racial and economic justice. Over our nearly 60-year history, we have secured hundreds of victories with and for people living in poverty in Illinois and across the country. Today, we litigate, shape policy, and train and convene multi-state networks of lawyers, community leaders and activists nationwide. Together, we are building a future where all people have equal dignity, respect and power under the law. Join the fight at povertylaw.org.