TUESDAY: Warren and Cummings to Convene Forum on Poverty in America

Jun 11, 2018
Press Release
Members of Congress to hear from Americans demanding congressional action to address poverty and to expand economic opportunity

WASHINGTON, DC ­­- On Tuesday, June 12, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) will convene a forum at the U.S. Capitol to examine poverty in America. Panelists will include the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign, and individuals who will share personal stories about poverty and economic injustice.

The forum is open press. Members of the media are asked to RSVP to press@warren.senate.gov. A live video stream will be available on Senator Warren's Facebook page.


  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.)
  • Additional Members of Congress
  • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Co-Chair, Poor People's Campaign
  • Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair, Poor People's Campaign
  • Members of the Poor People's Campaign, including:
    • Pamela Sue Rush, a 48-year old mother of two from Lowndes County, Alabama, whose home does not have access to county sanitation services.
    • Christopher Olive, a formerly homeless, 27-year old military veteran from Grays Harbor County, Washington.
    • Amy Jo Hutchinson, a single mom with two girls who grew up in poverty, and an organizer with the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, who advocates for children in poverty.
    • Nic Smith, a Roanoke, a Virginia Waffle House worker and organizer with the Fight for $15, who comes from a community of mine workers in coal country.
    • Vanessa Nosie, from the Apache Stronghold in Oak Flat, Arizona, whose sacred land was acquired by a mining company and whose burial ground was recently desecrated.
  • There will be others in attendance from Kentucky, North Carolina, California, and several other of the 40 states where Poor People's Campaign actions are taking place.


Congressional forum on poverty and economic opportunity


Tuesday, June 12, 2018


SVC 201-00
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Washington, DC



115th Congress