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Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty

12:30 PM Apr 23, 2013

 The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty hosted its fourth annual conference addressing the systematic nature of poverty in Rhode Island.  Formed in 2008, the interfaith coalition represents leaders of all faiths and advocacy groups on the full range of poverty issues.  The coalition is a part of Fighting Poverty with Faith, a national interfaith coalition working to cut poverty in half in ten years.  The conference consisted of several educational panels led by faith leaders, lawmakers, and policy experts and brainstorming sessions of the action steps needed to be taken to address poverty in the state. 


Faith leaders including Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Rev. Donald Anderson, the executive minister of the Rhode Island Council of churches, Rev Peg Chamberlain, past president of the National Council of Churches, and Imam Mohamed Magid the President of the Islamic Society of North America each offered a national perspective of poverty in our nation.  The conference also included the expertise of Teresa Paiva Weed, the Rhode Island Senate President as well as Gordon Fox, Speaker of the House to share their commitment to addressing poverty in Rhode Island. 


In one strong voice, the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition has successfully joined together out of a deep commitment, that we must do more to reduce the numbers of people who live in poverty in our country and to give them the chance to reach their full potential and to live in dignity.  Following the conference, there is an immediate call to action on May 23rd for community members to join in an anti-poverty advocacy day, where participants will meet with state lawmakers regarding legislative affecting those most in need.


Special thanks to Marty Cooper, CRC, Jewish Alliance of Greater RI and Maxine Richman, Co-chair RI Interfaith Coalition for their tremendous leadership and commitment to confronting poverty in their state

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