11th Annual Interfaith Poverty Conference
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

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Victoria Strang

Join faith leaders, congregation members, advocacy and service organizations to learn more about poverty issues in Rhode Island and how you can make a difference!

This year we are excited to welcome Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Associate General Secretary for Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace for the National Council of Churches (NCC).

The NCC is a leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States focusing on issues of social justice, interreligious relationships and the bible and Christian life. For over twenty years, Rev. Alexander has worked with ecumenical, interfaith, and government entities such as the United Nations, World Council of Churches, Church World Service and others, on a variety of justice issues. She has preached, lectured and facilitated workshops throughout the United States and around the world including Egypt, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, and South Korea. She is a former lawyer and received both her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Rev. Alexander also has a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Community Engagement in the State Courts.

In addition to our keynote, we will have three workshop choices available:

1. Locked Out: Housing Discrimination & Affordable Housing Scarcity in RI

Rhode Island is one of only two New England states that still allows landlords to deny rental applications from individuals and families using supplemental sources of income (Housing Choice Voucher, Veterans Benefits, Social Security, etc.). With over half of renters in our state housing cost burdened such practices are shutting out thousands of people from finding homes in safe and secure communities. Stable housing is critical to job success, educational attainment, and positive health. This workshop will focus on housing discrimination and what you can do to advocate for increased affordable housing in Rhode Island.

2. Fair Wages & Fair Work: A Hard Look at Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, and Workplace Discrimination

Rhode Island workers and families cannot afford even their most basic needs with our state's current minimum wage of $10.50 per hour. According to the Economic Progress Institute’s 2018 Rhode Island Standard of Need, a single worker needs to earn at least $13 per hour, or just over $27,000 per year, to meet basic needs; a single-parent family with two children needs an annual household income of close to $63,000. In addition, women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by lower wages regardless of educational levels and job industry. Among Rhode Island’s women who hold fulltime, year-round jobs, African American women are paid 57 cents, Latinas are paid 48 cents and Asian women are paid 71 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Join leaders in the fight for minimum wage and wage discrimination as well as legislators to discuss ways to guarantee equal and fair pay for all Rhode Islanders.

3. Does RI Work?: Bolstering the RI Works Program and Supports for Children and Families

Education, job security and quality childcare are critical to family success. Unfortunately, many parents in Rhode Island still struggle to get adequate job training, schooling, and social supports to help them thrive. This workshop will focus on the importance of the RI Works Program to Rhode Islands lowest-income families as well the necessity of providing quality, early childhood education to help the next generation prosper.

A full breakfast will be served, from 8AM-8:30AM.

We encourage you to bring a team from your congregation/organization -- with a reduced rate for registration if you come as a group of 3+.

Tiered ticket pricing is available based on economic need.

Many thanks to our ongoing sustaining funder, the RI Foundationour platinum-level sponsors: Helen Hudson Foundation, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, The Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, our gold-level sponsor: SEIU 1199, our silver-level sponsor: Tufts Health Plan and the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI.

If you, or your organization, are interested in sponsorship please contact riinterfaithcoalition@gmail.com.

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Attached Files

2019 interfaith conference flyer (double sided).pdf