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Multi-Religious Panel Examines Welfare Reform

Contact: Finnegan, Lisa
212 636-7175

NEW YORK - A panel of religious leaders, social service agents and welfare recipients will debate the pros and cons of welfare reform based on the values of faith on Thursday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Fordham University, 113 W. 60th St., Pope Auditorium, New York, N.Y. The event is sponsored by Fordham's Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, which promotes conversations within the religious community about poverty and the reduction of poverty in the United States. The discussion will focus on what has and has not worked in welfare reform, whether welfare reform has enabled people to improve their economic situation and the future of welfare reform. Participants include: Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, United Way of New York City; the Rev. Cheryl Anthony, JUDAH International Christian Center; Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood; Rabbi Garty Bretton-Granatoor, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Melinda Lackey, Welfare Rights Initiative and three welfare recipients. The Beck Institute is named in honor of its founding visionary, Bertram M. Beck, who was a nationally recognized leader in the fields of social service, social action, and social work education. DATE: THURSDAY, JUNE 28 TIME: 9:30 A.M. TO NOON PLACE: FORDHAM UNIVERSITY 113 W. 60TH STREET, POPE AUDITORIUM, NEW YORK, N.Y. Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City’s Jesuit university. It has residential campuses in the north Bronx and Manhattan, a graduate center in Tarrytown and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y. 6/01

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