Theme for 2021
Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet

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Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia - Monday 17 October 2016 - Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation

Event report

We had a record number of people come to our event, 58 and that is big for here. A mix of faithful local people who never miss this day, elected officials, and ten students from Notre Dame University who were in the county for a week of civil service, mainly housing repairs for people who can't afford it. We always start by a potluck supper which is a nice way for people to mingle. The celebration itself lasted about one hour. It started with a song on the theme of Participation: Every Voice Counts. The music was on the tune of "Anticipation" and the lyrics made by us. Followed by a quiz on various issues related to poverty. Then a series of testimonies and songs by Linda Dixon, a well-known local singer and the refrain of Participation in between each testimony. Then people read aloud together what we call here the October 17 Poem which is Father Joseph's speech, "Millions.." and a young local musician ended the evening.

Event description

At 5:30pm

Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation.

Testimonies and music.

Each year the Board of Supervisors passes a resolution for the observance of the day. Please read it below.

Dickenson County, Virginia, USA

At the Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco

Main Street Senior Citizen Center
Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia
United States

New York - Monday 17 October 2016 - New York - Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the U.N. Headquarters

Event report

We had a truly inspiring, beautiful commemoration at the United Nations. You can watch the entire celebration by the video below. We were grateful to have received these words from Jan Eliasson, the Deputy Secretary-General, at the end of the commemoration:

"I want to say that during my many years at the UN, this is one of the most unusual, one of the most inspiring meetings I’ve attended...I think you reminded us of that very important process of bringing together those who are privileged, those who have reached the position of influence, and those who are affected, those who really need to be brought in and actually take part, in the processes that can change the world. Thanks all of you for bringing life in this room."

Overcoming the injustices of persistent poverty and social exclusion is only possible with your participation. We thank you for being a part of this Movement. 


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Event description

The Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in New York is sponsored by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations and will be held on Monday, October 17 from 1.15 to 2.30 pm in Conference Room 2.

The event is organized by the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the International Committee for October 17 and will include a message by Mr. Ban-Ki-Moon, U.N. Secretary General in addition to activists and non-profit members and individuals living in poverty from across the world. The commemoration will conclude with a performance by singer, Sparsh Shah and a reception at the ATD fourth World office in East Village will follow the ceremony. 

Everyone is welcome to attend. However, because of security at United Nations Headquarters, persons wishing to attend must RSVP to nycteam with their names well in advance of the event.

You must bring ID with you on the day to gain entrance to the United Nations building.

If you are not in New York, you can follow the event on the United Nations live webcast:

46th Street and 1st Avenue U.N. H.Q.
New York
United States

New Orleans - Monday 17 October 2016 - Open House

There will be a 17 October open house at the ATD Fourth World office in New Orleans to celebrate the World Day for Overcoming Poverty.

1430 St Anthony St
New Orleans
United States

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 York - Monday 17 October 2016 - Commémoration au siège des Nations Unies à New-York

Event report

Le 17 octobre 2016, Nicole Maucher et Johnny Ocean ont pris la parole pour la commémoration de la Journée mondiale du refus de la misère au siège des Nations Unies à New-York. Ils résident actuellement dans un centre d’hébergement et ont affronté de nombreuses difficultés. Leur témoignage le jour où les plus pauvres ont la parole et invitent la société à s’engager avec eux pour combattre la misère, a marqué l’auditoire et apporté un nouveau regard sur les personnes sans-abris.

Bien que sa famille vive en foyer, quand Nicole Maucher parle de ses soucis, ce n’est pas du manque de logement ou d‘argent. Et quand Johnny Ocean décrit ses espoirs et ambitions, l’argent est le dernier sujet sur sa liste, il préfère parler de son engagement : “Je ne veux pas d’argent. Je veux juste donner aux gens un autre horizon.”
Ce couple nous rappelle qu’il ne faut pas voir uniquement la pauvreté sous l’angle matériel, mais qu’elle a des dimensions humaines et sociales.

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Event description

Commémoration de la Journée mondiale du refus de la misère au siège des Nations Unies à New-York.

46th Street and 1st Avenue U.N. H.Q.
New York
United States