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Thank you to all who attended The National Conference Conference on Ending Poverty. Saturday’s Conference is just the beginning. Help us keep poverty at the top of the priority list by telling the world: Ending poverty is #‎MyPriority‬. Are we going to live small or are we going to live big?

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Keynote speaker: Peter Edelman

– former top adviser to Robert F. Kennedy and one of our country’s preeminent poverty scholars

Author, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America


More than 45 million Americans live in deep poverty today.
More than 100 million Americans live every day in need of assistance.
It is time to make it a priority.

The event hashtag is #MyPriority. Visit the #MyPriority board in the concourse between tomorrow’s sessions and share why ending poverty is your priority on Facebook and Twitter. Print out our #MyPriority sign and share your reason with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Poverty takes lives.  It steals potential.  It shrinks choices – dramatically and with permanent effects. It leads to dramatically high drop-out rates and equally dramatic levels of teen pregnancy, crime, and drug use. Our neighbors who live in poverty (and again, there are far more than are counted by the poverty line of today) live in a different world. Their world is characterized by a lack of freedom and a lack of independence.  You can change that.  We know it is unacceptable for children to grow up in conditions that we see all around us – in every state, county, and city.  What does unacceptable mean?  It means we engage – now and with the urgency you would have if your own children lived in the dangers and awful conditions that poverty brings to so many. Of course, as one of us goes, so go all of us.

The National Conference on Ending Poverty will bring together people of all backgrounds and experiences to learn about successful programs and plan immediate actions going forward. Those who live every day in poverty will connect with those who do not in order to develop stronger connections and more meaningful solutions. The conference will also bring together coalitions of professionals from diverse fields to show their support of and commitment to our neighbors in need. All who come will leave more connected to the issue and to one another, inspired to do more, and equipped to act with impact.

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Click here for the conference agenda


Day-of Logistics: 

The conference will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001. We will be in the middle building. The closest entrance is the one at 7th & M Streets.

The best way to get to the Convention Center is via Metro, by taking the Yellow or Green lines to the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stop.

If you plan on arriving by car, please be aware that parking is extremely limited. Many pay-to-park garages in the area will be closed. Three garages near the Convention Center that will be open are City Center Parking at 800 9th St. NW, PMI Parking at 610 Massachusetts Ave. NW, and Colonial Parking at City Vista at 440 L St. NW.


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Featuring leaders from across the U.S. & in our nation’s capital region:

National programs:

Lawrence Cann, Street Soccer USA; Meredith Dodson, Results; Max Finberg, USDA StrikeForce; Scott Miller, Circles USA;  Jennifer Murphy, Communities in Schools; Linda Kaufman, Community Solutions; Michelle Singletary, Washington Post columnist

From across the country:

Glen Armantrout, Cafe Reconcile (New Orleans, Louisiana); Aaron Bartley, PUSH Buffalo (Buffalo, New York); Leonard Brock, Roc the Future (Rochester, New York); Fernando Rejón, Andre Christian, and Gilberto Espinoza, Community Safety Partnership (Los Angeles, CA); Gary Conner White Pony Express (Contra Costa County, CA)

Elected officials from Montgomery County:

County Executive Ike Leggett; County Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, Tom Hucker, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro, and Craig Rice

From our nation’s capital region:

Father John Adams, SOME (So Others Might Eat) (Washington, DC); Amanda Andere, Wider Opportunities for Women (Washington, DC); Michael Curtin, DC Central Kitchen (Washington, DC); Jackie DeCarlo and Jenna Umbriac, Manna Food Center (Rockville, MD); Marga Fripp, Empowered Women International (Greater Washington DC Region); Jean-Michel Giraud, Friendship Place (Washington, DC); George Jones, Bread for the City (Washington, DC); Lori Kaplan, Latin American Youth Center (Washington, DC); Jason King, Turning the Page (Washington, DC); Monica Miller, President, Barry Farm Resident Council (Washington, DC); Jayne Park, Impact Silver Spring (Silver Spring, MD); Marian Peele, Capital Area Food Bank (Washington DC); Anne Peyer, Kristina Bigby, and Dr. Bruce Fowler, Ph.D, Cornerstone Montgomery (Rockville, Maryland); Bruce Purnell and Ronnie Blackstone, Higher Hopes (Washington DC); Shane Rock, Interfaith Works (Rockville, MD); Susie Sinclair-Smith, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (Rockville, Maryland); Sharon Strauss, Community Action Agency (Montgomery County, MD)

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