Community Action Convenes in Mystic; Bob Woodson, Khalilah Brown-Dean to attend

CAFCA | September 12, 2016 |

GROTON, CT-The Community Action Networks of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are holding the 2016 Southern New England Conference on September 15-16, 2016, at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa.


Nearly 200 Community Action Agency (CAA), State Association, and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) staff and board members will come together to attend workshops, network, share best practices, and discuss issues surrounding income inequality, the economy, and the upcoming election.


CAAs are local, federally designated anti-poverty organizations that carry out the Community Action Program (CAP), which was founded by the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty.  CAAs provide limited income individuals and families with basic human needs services like child care, food, shelter, energy assistance, and asset development to help them reach economic sustainability.


The event will feature keynote speakers David Bradley, Executive Director of the National Community Action Foundation; Robert Woodson, co-founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney; and, Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, Quinnipiac professor and political commentator.


Woodson is Speaker Paul Ryan’s mentor around poverty issues, and toured the country with him to expose Ryan to social programs in different cities and talk about the War on Poverty.  Dr. Brown-Dean is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, WNPR, and other outlets. Her work stands at the intersections of law, politics, and policy with specializations in American Politics, mass political behavior, crime and punishment, and political psychology.  Both are expected to bring a different take on how poverty and economic injustice are addressed in this country, and what that means for the 2016 presidential election.


Although the War on Poverty was declared over 50 years ago, we are still struggling to make sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed in today’s economy.  Governing Magazine recently ranked Connecticut 42nd in overall economic performance compared to the rest of the nation, and according to CT Voices for Children, the state’s income inequality is the highest in the nation.