Economic inequality in the United States has increased steadily for the past three decades. To increase awareness and social action in addressing economic human rights in the areas of housing, employment, health care, and education, an advanced social policy class of social work students engaged in collecting stories from everyday citizens. The resulting testimonies document the violations of economic human rights that resulted in unemployment, poor quality and unsafe housing, lack of health care, and other economic deprivations. The testimonies were heard at a Truth Commission at a poverty conference in fall 2008. This presentation explains violations of economic human rights and the Truth Commission process and gives examples of testimonies their policy implications.
|Presenters:||Melissa Affronti (Faculty)
Nicole Trabold (Faculty)
Hubert Wilkerson (Graduate Student)
|Time:||6 pm (Session VI)|
Mediterranean Passages: Religious, Linguistic, and Cultural
8:45 am - 7 pm
Writers Forum: Calvin Trillin