Join us at AEI for “Another Day in Paradise?: Humanity, Charity and the Urban Poor,” a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 pm. (Register here.) This event will also be livestreamed and available to watch both during and after the event.
In 1989, when Phil Collins released the hit single “Another Day in Paradise” to raise awareness of homelessness, the poverty rate had just fallen from its previous high six years before. Today, according to the US Census Bureau, poverty in the United States is once again on the rise, with nearly one in six Americans living below the poverty line.
Poverty is a human problem, not simply an economic one, and it demands a human response. With the focus on assistance coming from government programs and policies, compassion is often absent in the debate over how to help the poor. The deeper issues of poverty need to be addressed, starting at the local level. How should we as individuals respond to the problem of poverty in our communities? What role should institutions play in helping the poor?
Lawrence M. Mead, author of the forthcoming AEI book From Prophecy to Charity: How to Help the Poor, and Ismael Hernandez, founder of the Freedom and Virtue Institute, will address these questions as they relate to urban poverty. Following their remarks, Max Finberg of the USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Chris LaTondresse of Recovering Evangelical will join them for a lively panel discussion. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.