Rochester’s Crisis of Poverty
Thursday, January 29, 2015
• Rochester is the 5th poorest city in the country
• Rochester is the 2nd poorest among comparably-sized cities
Addressing the root causes of poverty has become a clear focus among our local government, school district, business community, community funders and service providers.
On January 29, Professor Peter Edelman, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on poverty, and a panel of local service providers discussed our nation’s challenges in addressing poverty.
Peter B. Edelman
Author, “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America”
Co-Director, Joint Degree in Law and Public Policy; Faculty Director, Center on Poverty, Inequality & Public Policy; Professor of Law A.B., LL.B., Harvard
Addressing the root causes of poverty has become a clear focus and community effort among our local government, school district, business community, community funders and service providers. Rochester is the 5th poorest city in the country and the 2nd poorest among comparably-sized cities. One in every two children (nearly 24,000) lives in poverty. We welcome Professor Peter Edelman to join us as a subject matter expert to further the community conversation on how to address poverty.
Professor Edelman is one of the nation's foremost academic authorities on the subject of poverty in the U.S. He has lived a life on the front lines of history and politics, holding positions ranging from senatorial aide to state bureaucrat to official presidential cabinet.
In his 2012 book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America, Edelman writes, "The American economy did not stagnate over the past 40 years: it grew, but the fruits of that growth went to those at the top."
Edelman is currently chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, board chair of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Public Welfare Foundation and the National Center for Youth Law, board president emeritus of the New Israel Fund, and a board member of the Center for Law and Social Policy.
Panel of Local Community Service Providers:
Marlene Bessette, President & CEO, Catholic Family Center
Larry Fine, Executive Director, Jewish Federation
James Norman, President & CEO, Action for a Better Community
Wade Norwood, Chief Program Officer, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
Escher, President & CEO, Ibero American Action League
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