Posted by Carolyn Sugiyama Classen
"Tucson’s poverty rates remained among the nation’s highest last year, with one in five living below the poverty threshold. Although Pima County’s poverty rate held steady in 2012 at 20 percent, the poverty rate among children was 29 percent. Many elderly, veterans, and single mothers in Pima County are struggling each and every day to survive; even while working one, two, sometimes three jobs. They just might be your neighbor, or a family member. How does one become part of the ‘working poor’? Who is doing what to help? Is it working? How does one escape poverty? Talking won’t solve the problem but perhaps by bringing people and ideas together we can move the needle towards sustained, positive change.
Neal Conan, award-winning journalist, producer, and former host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation will moderate the first Community Interactive: POVERTY :The Working Poor. Joining him will be a panel of educators, social service professionals, and others working every day to help people in need. POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be free to the public. The community is encouraged to participate and submit questions prior to the event at firstname.lastname@example.org, on azpm’s facebook page or facebook.com/CFSAZ.
Select questions will be presented at the live event for discussion. Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be streamed live at azpm.org, and available on demand and broadcast on WORLD on Wednesday, February 19 at 9:30 p.m. and on the UA Channel on Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m. AZPM will feature the issue on news programming including, AZ Illustrated on PBS 6 and on NPR 89.1. The series is produced in partnership by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, with support from COX Communications and the Arizona Daily Star."
Patti Caldwell, executive director of Tucson’s Our Family Services
Molly Castelazo, founder and president of Castelazo Content in Phoenix
Clarice Clash, principal of Tucson High Magnet School
Herminia Cubillos, executive director of Tucson’s JobPath
Ian Galloway, senior research associate of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Peggy Hutchison, chief executive officer of Tucson’s Primavera Foundation
Lane Kenworthy, professor of sociology and political science at the University of Arizona
Michael McDonald, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
John Pedicone, former superintendent of Tucson Unified and Flowing Wells school districts.
During and right after law school, I worked at legal aid clinics to assist the poor and working poor (the gap group) with their legal rights. Tucson is a low wage town and this is still an important issue for the thousands of people in need here.