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Building Better Lives Honors Fight for Justice and Opportunity for Women in Poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michelle Nicolet
312.368.2675

WHEN:
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
InterContinental Chicago
505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

WHAT:
The Shriver Center’s annual spring benefit reception will feature a fascinating discussion on the real challenges to financial security facing the 42 million American women living in or on the brink of poverty. Featured speakers will include journalist Joy Reid and Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, the Mayor of Riverdale, Georgia. Reid, a first-generation American, is host of the Reid Report on MSNBC and a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald. She was formerly the managing editor of theGrio.com, a news site oriented toward African Americans. Mayor Dixon, a single mother of four children, struggled with homelessness and poverty before returning to college while working a series of jobs, ultimately earning a Ph.D. Long active in community service, she was elected mayor in 2007 and has led successful workforce development and economic revitalization efforts in Riverdale. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura S. Washington will moderate the program. 

At the event, the Shriver Center will present the 2014 Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award to civil rights leader Juanita Abernathy. As the wife of the late Dr. Ralph Abernathy, a close associate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Mrs. Abernathy was at the heart and the forefront of our nation’s civil rights movement and continues to work tirelessly to advance peace, human rights, and equality. 

Proceeds from the benefit support the Shriver Center’s national efforts to secure justice and opportunity for people living in poverty. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at povertylaw.org/buildingbetterlives. Press passes are available on request. 

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Shriver Center achieves its mission through three interconnected programs: advocacy, communications, and training.  We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s equal justice advocates to advance justice and opportunity for their clients.

For more information, visit http://povertylaw.org.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org

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