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Anti-Poverty Summit to Address Growing Problems of the Working Poor

443_2To foster a dialogue on employing public policy to create jobs that lift working families out of poverty, Local 32BJ, together with the Community Service Society, the National Employment Law Project and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, will bring together key government, academic, civic and labor leaders and policy makers for The Summit on Eliminating Poverty Among the Working Poor. The day-long Summit will be comprised of interactive panel discussions beginning tomorrow at 9:00 AM.

With New York now showing the widest income gap of all urban centers and double-digit poverty rates bearing down on most East Coast urban centers, the Summit is the first, in what hopes to be a series of local, state and federal level conversations about taking immediate and aggressive steps to reduce poverty, especially among the growing ranks of the working poor.

Guest speakers, including Cecilia Estolano, CEO of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, will share their experiences on successful anti-poverty initiatives. Panel discussions will include: Leveraging Cities’ Economic Tools to Create Middle Class Jobs, Measuring Poverty, Industry Targeted Approaches for Improving Low Wage Jobs and Discrimination and Access to Good Jobs.

WHAT: Summit on Poverty and the Working Poor

WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2008; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE: 101 Avenue of the Americas, between Watts and Grand Streets
(1 or A/C/E to Canal Street)

With more than 100,000 members in six states and Washington, DC, including 70,000 in New York, Local 32BJ is the largest property service union in the country.

Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

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