Reserve your spot now to join CPIJ and the Media Mobilizing Project for our next community conversation, bringing local journalists and community leaders together this time to discuss issues including education, labor and poverty.
Poverty in Philadelphia, Today and Tomorrow
What does poverty look like here and now in Philadelphia? What do current trends tell us about what poverty will look like in the future? We have the highest poverty rate of any large city in the country, and we face many challenges including high unemployment, an underfunded public school system, and a disappearing middle class. At what point does poverty tear our social fabric in two? How can journalists explain the causes and effects of poverty, draw unseen connections, and highlight solutions to these seemingly intractable problems? -MMP
We will gather on October 3rd from 6-8 p.m. at MMP, 4233 Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia.
The event will be moderated by Temple University journalism professor George W. Miller III, Philadelphia AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz McElroy, and Fred Pinguel, MMP board member, organizer with the Philadelphia Student Union and coordinator of the Cross City Campaign for School Reform.
CPIJ is reaching out to area journalists, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate, and share suggestions for the event in the comments area below.
MMP is inviting leaders from the communities they serve. According to mediamobilizing.org:
MMP exists to build a media, education and organizing infrastructure that will cohere and amplify the growing movement to end poverty. We use media to organize poor and working people to tell our stories to each other and the world, disrupting the stereotypes and structures that keep our communities divided.
The Center, with the help of local journalists’ associations, has commenced a series of conversations on news coverage of diverse communities in Philadelphia, including previous events at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, Asian Arts Initiative and the Norris Square Civic Association. A complete video report will follow this event as well.