On Wednesday, Citizen Action of Wisconsin joined a large number of religious organizations on Marquette's campus to host the Wisconsin Poverty Summit. Check out the story by Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
Preparing for 75 participants, over 175 people were in attendance. Speakers included Rev. Jeff Barrow (Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), Roman Catholic Auxilary Bishop Donald Hying, Scott Anderson (Wisconsin Council of Churches), Rev Willie Brisco (Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope), Dr Robert Kraig (Citizen Action of Wisconsin) and many more.
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Another speaker was Citizen Action member Ruthe Ann Bowen talking about the reality of healthcare and poverty:
"Those statistics were hammered home by the personal stories of two women. One told of her torturous journey through BadgerCare and a hospital's charity care system after she lost her health insurance and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
'I was told it was people like me who were forcing the hospital to lay off employees,' Ruthe Ann Bowen said."
Around the state leaders in faith, civic, nonprofit, business, labor and other sectors are coming together to draw attention to methods of addressing the levels of poverty throughout the state. Issues such as BadgerCare and Minimum Wage gaining traction across the state at a moral level.