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Community Conversations: An Evening with Linda Tirado

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Goodwill Opportunity Campus

5301 Wilkinson Boulevard

Charlotte, NC 28208

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We have an exciting conversation that will inform, inspire and engage the community in new ways. As we seek ways to collaborate to introduce fresh approaches to solving issues of poverty, economic stagnation, and hopelessness, Community Conversations will ignite disruptive conversations that energize, challenge and lead to big Ideas for positive change.

Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America is a completely average American with two kids and two jobs. She also writes essays on poverty and class issues. Her husband served honorably in Fallujah with the USMC and struggled with PTSD, and she has experience in veterans’ issues. Tirado has worked as a night cook at a national chain restaurant and as a voting rights activist for a disability nonprofit. She has a background in campaign politics, food service and the bar industry.

Tirado’s scattered background gives her a view from the inside about what it’s like to live in the lower classes of America. She is a news junkie and has a solid understanding of the larger issues surrounding poverty. She’s lived in every sub-strata of the lower class and brings a unique perspective to discussions of class issues and poverty. Since the publication of her first essay, she has been asked to give lectures around the country. She has seen her work taught at elite universities that wouldn’t let her in the door off the street. Tirado’s gained a national audience with the release of her first book, “Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America.” She has been lucky to have thousands of conversations with people all around the world about class and its impact on the individual, and how that makes a difference in the macro.

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Cost: Free, but you must RSVP.



  • Linda Tirado

    Linda Tirado


    Author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America


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