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A North Carolina Summit: Progress and Economic Justice in a Time of Crisis

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Monday, March 28, 2011

8:00 AM

5:00 PM

George Watts Hill Alumni Center, on UNC's campus

UNC Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity Annual Conference

Registration is now closed. Walk-in registration on Monday morning (3/28) will be available on a very limited basis, but lunch and conference materials cannot be guaranteed for walk-in registrants. If you are interested in walk-in registation, please plan to arrive at the registration table in Alumni Hall at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28.

For most of the last decade, poverty rose in North Carolina, even as the economy grew. Then in 2008, with the onslaught of massive recession, the wheels came off. Poverty rates soared. More than one in six Tar Heels now live in poverty. The numbers are worse for persons of color. And, stunningly, almost a quarter of our kids are poor.

photo credit Donn Young (www.donnyoung.com)

Unemployment has rocked much of the state, leading to one of the highest losses of health care coverage in the nation. In addition, the past two years have seen dramatic reductions in social services, further threatening the security, dignity and opportunity of poor and working families in North Carolina. We now face a massive state budget deficit that will likely be narrowed by fiscal decisions that place the greatest burdens on the most vulnerable. These are, in short, emergency times for poor and working people in North Carolina.

The UNC Poverty Center will convene a summit in Chapel Hill on March 28 to explore the dramatic challenges faced by low income North Carolinians and the crucial steps that must be taken, in the months ahead, to address them. We hope that North Carolinians from all walks of life will join us.

Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. William Barber, President, NC NAACP (Keynote address)
  • Andrea Bazán, President, Triangle Community Foundation
  • Anita Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State
  • Angela Bryant, Rep. District 7, NC House of Representatives
  • William A. 'Sandy' Darity, Professor of African-American Studies and Economics, Duke
  • Pablo Escobar, Treasurer of Board of Directors, El Pueblo Inc.
  • Chris Fitzsimon, Executive Director, NC Policy Watch
  • William C. "Bill" Friday, President Emeritus, UNC
  • Ferrel Guillory, Director, UNC Program on Public Life
  • Bob Hall, Executive Director, Democracy North Carolina
  • Jarvis Hall, Professor of Political Science, Director of Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change, NC Central; Chair, Political Action Committee, NC NAACP
  • George Hausen, Executive Director, Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • James H. Johnson, Jr., Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Kenan Distinguished Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC
  • Michael D. Jones, Edmund J. Safra Center, Harvard
  • Melinda Lawrence, Executive Director, NC Justice Center
  • MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer, NC State AFL-CIO
  • Gene Nichol, Director, Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, UNC
  • Bill Rowe, General Counsel, NC Justice Center
  • Timothy Tyson, Adjunct Professor of American Studies, UNC; Senior Research Scholar, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke; author of Blood Done Sign My Name
  • Leslie J. Winner, Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

More information and registration will be available on the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity website. Questions? Call (919) 843-8796 or email the Center.


The George Watts Hill Alumni Center is located on Stadium Dr., on UNC's campus.  Paid parking is available in the Ram's Head Deck, directly next to the Alumni Center.
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