Rhode Island Interfaith Poverty Conference
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 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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Hosted by The RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty

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 delighted to welcome Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon's life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Her work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few.

Rev. Blackmon is listed as one of Ebony Magazine list her as one of the 2015 Power 100 and she is a featured writer in several Justice publications. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago
Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach! She has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis' 100 most influential voices as well as . Rev. Blackmon currently resides in both St. Louis, MO and Cleveland, OH and is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon; Harold II; and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.

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

  • Housing is a Human Right: Ensuring access to affordable housing is one of the most effective ways to alleviate poverty. This panel of housing experts will talk about the barriers to housing, legislative initiatives to assure equal access to housing and programs that are working to create housing and safe neighborhoods.

  • Caring for our Children: Growing up in poverty has lifelong consequences on our children. It prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the state and the nation of their future contributions. This workshop will focus on childhood poverty programs and policy initiatives around quality childhood education, school infrastructure and access to affordable and nutritious food in Rhode Island.

  • Race and Poverty: Systemic racism is deeply entwined to issues of poverty in our state and in the nation. Join this panel of faith leaders, immigrant rights activists, and Rhode Island advocates as they discuss the structural dimensions of poverty related to race and efforts to ameliorate this inequity. 

  • Fair Pay / Equal Pay: Rhode Island’s economic recovery depends on the creation of good jobs that pay fair wages. This workshop will look at issues related to employment including the Living Wage Campaign, justice for immigrant workers and preventing wage discrimination.

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.



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