Shalisa Walls (video below) is a veteran with a college degree who had a 20-year career, a fiancee, and a bright future… until it all came crashing down. Now she’s trying to rebuild her life with the help of local organizations.
There are tens of thousands of people like Shalisa in Western Pa. who are living in quiet desperation. We have to do better by them – and know that “they” could be any one of us.
Our communities need more honest discussions of the real causes poverty and what helps people climb out. We also need to talk about what it will take to build a movement to end needless poverty and hardship once and for all.
You can be part of that critical public discussion this week!
For the past few months Just Harvest and a dozen local social service organizations have been participating in an Art of Democracy and WQED Think! initiative on poverty. Through conversations with each other and the public we’ve been taking a fresh look at the issue and how we can work better together to address poverty here in Western Pa.
The next step in these conversations will be a WQED live town hall broadcast this Thursday, and we want you to be a part of it. Just Harvest’s executive director Ken Regal will join the executives of Community Human Services, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA, Free Store 15104, and Blueprints to lead this community discussion. Please join them.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION
Register to be in the audience
Audience members should arrive for the live broadcast at 7:15 pm Thursday at the Fred Rogers Studio in WQED Pittsburgh at 4802 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh 15213. There will be an opportunity for audience members to be part of the conversation. Free parking in the WQED lot will be available or here are the PAT buses that serve Oakland.
Can’t make it to the broadcast? Be sure to tune in! The broadcast will air live on WQED and WQED.org at 8:00 pm Thursday.
Share the stories of people facing poverty, like Shalisa Walls (below and at wqed.org/think/online-forum)