Conversation Projects: Who are the Deserving Poor? (RESCHEDULED)

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Cascadia Garlington Health Center

3036 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

Portland, OR 97212

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A Free Discussion About Our Beliefs On Poverty

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If you’ve grown up in the United States, chances are you’ve been conditioned to trust that your individual success is earned through hard work. But if this is the case, what do we make of the millions of Americans who struggle with poverty, hunger, and job insecurity? Who is to blame for poverty? What qualities or conditions allow a person to be considered “deserving” of government and community support? What are our beliefs about poverty and who do we think should be eligible for support?

This is the focus of “Who are the Deserving Poor?” a free conversation with Erica Tucker on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 10 to 11:30 AM at Cascadia’s Garlington Health Center in the Education Room. This program is hosted by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Erica Tucker is a Portland native whose curiosity about social conditions grew while witnessing family struggle with substance abuse and society’s intolerance of her biracial identity. This led to her work at nonprofit organizations and schools, with children experiencing domestic violence and mental health barriers. She received her master’s in social work from Portland State University and continues to be an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.—a community-conscious, action-oriented organization. Currently, she works in the world of affordable housing, managing the resident services program at REACH Community Development. She feeds her passion for curiosity and challenging conversations as a poverty trainer and the lead of her organization’s trauma-informed care team.

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Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Angela Kremer, at 503-890-3071 or angela.kremer@cascadiabhc.org

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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