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The Big Bet: Investing in People to End Poverty

June 19, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m. CST

Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603

Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council and Economic Security for IL

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This event is part of "Equity in Action: A Conversation Series," a dynamic lineup of public events exploring the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated for a universal basic income to achieve economic justice. Today, cities across the nation, including Stockton, California, have been experimenting with offering their residents “no-strings attached” payments, also known as direct cash transfers, to combat poverty and growing income inequality. The idea has recently gained support in Chicago, where a group of elected officials and civic leaders—the Chicago Resilient Families Task Force—have put forth an action plan to implement a pilot program locally. The task force also examined and recommended a City Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), another way to strengthen families. A City EITC for working households is a key recommendation in MPC’s Our Equitable Future roadmap.

Join MPC and Economic Security for Illinois for a “fireside chat” conversation with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and former Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar. They’ll delve into the opportunities and challenges from Stockton’s Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), as well as how Chicago might apply lessons from other cities to tackle poverty, violence, and racial disparity.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with time to mingle before and after. The cost of the event is $15 for members of the general public and $12 for MPC Donors. Admission includes snacks, soft drinks, wine and beer.

Space is limited, so please register in advance. If you have any additional questions or need special accommodations, please contact us at events@metroplanning.org.


"Equity in Action" Conversation Series

Aided by more than 100 advisors, the Metropolitan Planning Council, in May 2018, released a roadmap for a more racially equitable Chicago region. As we continue working closely with partners to implement the two dozen recommendations in the roadmap, we reflect on one of our biggest learnings from this journey: the value of creating and elevating public dialogue on the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities. MPC and partners present Equity in Action: A Conversation Seriesa dynamic lineup of public events to celebrate progress, examine issues, and hold ourselves accountable for advancing the change that’s needed. For more information, click here.

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About Economic Security for Illinois

Economic Security for Illinois seeks to build interest in cash transfer polices, with a focus on modernizing and expanding (EITC) in Illinois and Chicago and implementing a guaranteed income pilot in Chicago.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities for this conversation series and specific event are available! 

For more information, contact: 
Janet Myers 
Vice President of Philanthropy
jmyers@metroplanning.org 
312.863.6010

This page can be found online at http://www.metroplanning.org/events/thinkndrink/detail/503

Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
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