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FreedomCon 2021 – “When you lift from the bottom, everybody rises”: The moral and material necessity of ending poverty
August 21, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm$10
COVID-19 has accelerated the decades-long trend of wealth accumulating at the top, while more and more Americans fall into poverty. The time is now to enact a bold policy agenda that doesn’t just alleviate poverty, but ends it. Rev. McNeill will discuss the impact of poverty in the Capital Region and New York State and how efforts like the Poor People’s Campaign are organizing in response.
Rev. E. West McNeill, Executive Director of Labor-Religion Coalition, is originally from Fairport, NY. West joined Labor-Religion Coalition in 2014 as Lead Organizer. West is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. They hold an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where they were a Fellow with the Kairos Center, a national network of grassroots and religious leaders organizing to end poverty. Prior to joining LRC, West was pastor of Parkland United Methodist Church and associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, WA. West has also worked with United Methodist Kairos Response, a denominational network advocating for justice and human rights in Israel/Palestine. They have a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College.
Rev. Phil Grigsby, originally scheduled to present on this date, is unable to do so. Rev. McNeill has generously offered to step in to become the scheduled presenter.
Today’s event is made possible, in part, by an Action Grant from Humanities New York. Humanities New York encourages critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena through grants, programs, networking and advocacy. Visit humanitiesny.org to learn more.