Date & Time
July 19, 2012
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
IPS Conference Room
1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC, USA
Brown Bag: We Are Family In DC
An afternoon discussion about a unique community service response to DC gentrification that is building diverse friendships across several social cleavages.
As gentrification and economic development rapidly change neighborhoods across the District of Columbia, thousands of low income households are being pushed to the margins. Through a radical vision of community service and an extensive volunteer network, We Are Family brings groceries and provides basic assistance to 600 low income seniors in Columbia Heights and the North Capitol area each month. They bring advocacy, services, organizing, and companionship into the homes of isolated, low-income elderly, while helping to build friendships across boundaries like race, class, religion, age, culture, and sexual orientation.
Please join IPS' Economic Hardship Reporting Project for this brown bag discussion featuring We Are Family Co-Director, Mark Anderson, and American University Assistant Professor of Sociology, Michael Bader, for a discussion about the innovative methods used by scholars to study urban poverty – and the creative activism by community organizations addressing it.
Facilitated by IPS Fellow and Coordinator of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Karen Dolan.
This event is being coordinated by IPS Associate Fellow Dr. Carl LeVan as part of an effort to connect activists with new scholars in DC.