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Monday, December 13

From Poverty to Opportunity

Heartland Alliance

Taken from the Heartland Alliance Web site.

Freedom from poverty is a human right, and the realization of this freedom requires a comprehensive vision and plan.  To that end, Heartland Alliance has created the From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign: Realizing Human Rights in Illinois, an initiative of the Illinois Poverty Summit, that works to bring together a broad range of residents from the most affected communities throughout the state as well as advocates and policy leaders to develop and advocate for a poverty elimination strategy anchored to human rights standards that will reduce extreme poverty in Illinois by half by the year 2015.

Reprinted from the From Poverty to Opportunity blog.

The Poverty Commission's Plan will be Released December 9th - Take Action Now

On December 9th, the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty will release Building a Pathway to Dignity and Work: A Plan to Cut Extreme Poverty in Half by 2015 in Illinois. After a year of conversation, hearings, research, and preparation, the commission's plan is ready.

Now the real work begins.
Please join us in the fight against poverty in Illinois by supporting the commission's plan. There are three ways you can help end poverty right now: 

Endorse the Plan
Visit the From Poverty to Opportunity website to endorse the From Poverty to Opportunity Campagin & the commission's plan.

Listen to the Audio Conference
Register for the audio conference
on the Commission's recommendations hosted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. The conference will feature Illinois state legislators and experts who will discuss newly released recommendations from the state’s Commission on the Elimination of Poverty. The call will feature Jodie Levin-Epstein, Deputy Director of the Center on Law & Social Policy in D.C. (CLASP); Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D), and Rep. Robert Pritchard (R), Illinois General Assembly; and Doug Schlenkenberg, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. The audio conference will be held on December 10 from 11:30 – 12:30 CST.

Take Action
Participate in the From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign's Virtual Day of Action Against Poverty.  On December 10, in celebration of International Human Rights Day, the From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign will host a virtual action day in order to raise awareness about poverty in Illinois and about the commission’s poverty elimination strategy. Join us to tell lawmakers what policies you want in Illinois by endorsing the Commission’s plan, Building a Pathway to Dignity and Work, on the From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign's website. Learn more about how the Commission’s recommendations will improve the lives of individuals living in extreme poverty by visiting our virtual forum on the From Poverty to Opportunity Blog. Spread the word about the Commission’s efforts to reduce poverty in Illinois through your social networks by sharing a link to our virtual forum or encouraging your friends and colleagues to endorse the Commission’s plan. 

On December 10th, please join us in the fight to end poverty in Illinois!
Posted on 12/13/10 at 10:56 AM


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