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Stanford - Monday 17 October 2016 - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Monday, October 17, 2016

4:30 pm

Free admission and open to the public

Today, poor families are facing one of the worst affordable housing crises in generations. Many are spending almost all they have to live in decrepit housing in our cities’ worst neighborhoods. What it means to be poor in America today is to be crushed by the high cost of housing and evicted when you inevitably fall behind.

In this lecture, based on his groundbreaking book (Crown Publishers, 2016) of the same name, Harvard sociologist and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” award winner Matthew Desmond takes us into Milwaukee to introduce us to eight families on the edge of eviction, and two landlords who profit in spite – or because – of the poverty of their tenants. He shows that for the poorest families in America, eviction has become routine, and its effects are devastating.

Eviction, Desmond shows, encapsulates in a single, hard moment the depths of our nation’s poverty, the brokenness of our housing policy, and the human costs of a crisis caused by low incomes and high rents. This moment, when the ramifications of the crisis are felt most acutely, also offers a window into extreme poverty, economic exploitation, and human perseverance. Look at eviction and you arrive at a bigger truth: the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline, co-author of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America.

Event Co-Sponsor(s):  Program on Urban Studies, American Constitution Society, American Studies Program, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Haas Center for Public Service, Just Communities Initiative, Organizational Behavior(GSB), Sociology Department, Stanford Law School.   Contact Email:  dmfields [at] stanford [dot] edu   Contact Phone:  650-725-1731   More Information:
Obendorf Event Center GSB - Knight Management Center, North Building, room 302
United States

New Delhi - Thursday 13 October 2016 - Drum Out Poverty 2016 - YouTube Vigil

13th - 17th October - Drum Out Poverty, India and YouTube Vigil

On the 13th of October, we envisage one group of a thousand children in New Delhi, India making music with buckets to highlight water and sanitation issues which is Goal 6 under the Sustainable Development Goals.

On the 14th, which is World Poverty Day, we will begin uploading short video submissions of children/young citizens from all over the world, making music with either formal, traditional or innovative percussion instruments to raise awareness about the SDGs.

Between 8 and 9 pm of your time zones you are invited to spend an hour promoting these videos that will be posted on our Facebook page (Link below) and therefore the goals.


New Delhi

Dublin - Monday 17 October 2016 - United Nations End Poverty Day Gathering

Every year since 2000 on 17 October, celebrations for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty have been taking place in Dublin.

This year, come and join us on Custom House Quay around the Human Rights and Poverty Stone (close the the Famine Statues) from 10.45 (Commemoration will start sharp at 11am) to mark this day together and to listen to testimonies from people struggling against poverty.

« Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty » This is the call from the first gathering on 17 October 1987, carved on the human rights and poverty stones in Paris and Dublin.

This 1987 call, carved on 50 Human Rights and Poverty Stones around the world, stresses the importance of taking action for everybody's access to human rights. It has had numerous impacts throughout the world, in particular in 2012 with the adoption by the UN of the Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights.

Famine Memorial Custom House Quay

Bangkok - Sunday 16 October 2016 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be celebrated here in Thailand.

It will be on Sunday, October 16 at 3PM, Lumphini Park in front of the main playground.

Lumphini Park 139/4 Witthayu Road

Glasgow - Monday 17 October 2016 - Rights into Reality: Human Rights in a Fairer Scotland

7th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty


Monday 17 October 2016

09:30am  – 16:30pm

Since 2010 the Poverty Alliance has been organising the annual Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty. This has become an event that brings together people with experience of poverty, community and voluntary organisations, activists, trades unions, policy makers and politicians, researchers: anyone with an interest in making a bigger impact on poverty.

More than just another conference, it is a forum where we can learn from each other, debate and plan action. 

In the uncertain context that now exists in Scotland and the UK for tackling poverty, this year's Assembly will look at what opportunities exist to push forward action to address poverty. We have joined with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and NHS Health Scotland to focus human rights based approaches can be used to make progress.

A series of workshops will look at key areas where rights based approaches can be used to help tackle poverty and inequality. 

As well as sharing practical ideas and experience on using rights based approaches, the Assembly will also provide an opportunity to look the Scottish Government's new Fairer Scotland Action Plan and to debate how we can best ensure that new social security powers are used to combat poverty.

With the decision to leave the EU throwing a new shadow over our efforts to tackle poverty, it is more critical than ever to come together to discuss, debate and plan action to address poverty. 

The Assembly will take place on the annual UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and is part of Challenge Poverty Week 2017. 

Draft Agenda

Morning Session

10.00:           Welcome and Introductions

10.10:           Opening Plenary: Poverty, Human  Rights and Brexit

  • Judith Robertson, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission

  • Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge

  • David Martin MEP (tbc)

  • Dr Ima Jackson, Migrant Voice/Glasgow Caledonian University (tbc)

11.15:           Coffee & Networking

11.45            Fairer Scotland: Progress Update

The 6th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty looked at how we create a fairer Scotland. One year on we will be looking at the Scottish Government’s new Fairer Scotland Action which came out of last year’s consultation. This session will be a participatory discussion looking at the opportunities that the new Action Plan provides.


13.00            Lunch & Poverty Alliance AGM

Afternoon Session


14:00            Turning Rights into Reality: Practical Experiences


1.       The Right to Health

2.       Securing Adequate Incomes 

3.       Getting Heard: the Right to Participate

4.       The Right to Housing

15.00            Break


15.15            The Future of Social Security in Scotland: Political Panel Debate

                    Including contributions from Jeane Freeman MSP (tbc), Minister for Social Secuirty and Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie MSP. Other speakers to be confirmed. 

16.30            Final summary and close

Thanks to the Scottish Human Rights Commission and NHS Health Scotland for their support for this event.

Please note that reasonable travel and caring expenses will be reimbursed to individuals living on a low income.

To register for this event, please click here:

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 2 Sauchiehall Street
United Kingdom