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Welcome to Urban Plunge. The Church in Social Action. Introductions:. Who are you? Who are we? What is this all about?. Goals of Urban Plunge. Learn more about the current realities of urban poverty and communities affected - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Welcome to Urban Plunge

The Church in Social ActionIntroductions:Who are you?Who are we?What is this all about?

Goals of Urban PlungeLearn more about the current realities of urban poverty and communities affectedLearn more about the role of CST Catholic Social Teaching- and its role in relation to the Church to respond to the current realities of urban povertyLearn more about asset-based social actionGet to know your local metro areas betterGain experience of learning from a new textbook: Communities and their stories will become your textbook For 48-72 hours you will encounter the realities of urban poverty and the communities affected the most by these realitiesFor 48-72 hours you will learn and work alongside many great people and organizations that are seeking to fight against the root causes of injustice and poverty. Course overviewPoverty in the U.S. class 1Catholic Social Teaching & Church response -class 2Building Justice & Dignity within Urban Communities class 3Immersion: Urban Plunge (48-72 hours after New Years)Reflection & Analysis: Faculty and peer groups -class 4

How Catholic social tradition can be integrated on a practical level

Poverty: more than just insufficient income

Benefits of asset-based approach to poverty reductionRethinking Poverty

Logistics:Syllabus Plunge infoSite info / Site leaderTransportationParent infoAgreementsRegistration November 18thSee agreement for last date to drop without $100 penalty Website: http://www.nd.edu/~uplunge

Syllabus -Required reading & work including final paper-Attendance policy 1 absence and make up work otherwise a U-ADA complience-Website no Sakai both syllabus and homework listed on site-Questions see Melissa or Kyle (demographic advisement)


Class tonightIntrosLogistics Poverty in the US (mini lecture)Panel on Urban Poverty(7-8pm): Faces and voices beyond the history and statistics

***Intro Question: Turn to your neighborWhy do you think urban poverty exists

-Chicago Coalition for the homeless-South Bend Center for the homeless-Q&A @ 10 of8Urban Poverty in the US 101Numerous elements to take into account including things that can and cant be controlledUS HistoryDemographics eco/socialAccess to OpportunityHousingHealth CareTransportationEducationMental illnessAddictionIncarceration in the US/ targeted traps

Housing Lack of land ownership, access to loans, predatory lendingDoesnt count the working poor

9Just the facts Maam.In 2012, the official poverty rate was 15.0 percent. There were 46.5 million people in poverty24 percent of that population was under the age of 18Females make up the larger group of the 46.5 millionAfrican Americans (27%) make up the larger of the 46.5 million (Latino 25%, White 12%)In 2011 43 percent of people in poverty were living in central cities while 40 percent were living in the suburbs

Official from the census but not including working poor2012 $24K for a family of 4 lots of concern about changing the 10

Incarceration and Family Structures2.3 million Americans are in prison or jail; 1/100 adults.Current American incarceration rates are unprecedented historically or comparatively.About a third of young African American high school dropouts are in prison or jail. Two thirds of these young men will have been in prison or jail before they reach their thirties.Crime is more common in poor, urban minority communities.Poor, urban, minority young men are more likely than others to be arrested and incarcerated.Some young men turn to crimeespecially drug and property crimesbecause of the lack of other income-generating opportunities.

Incarceration and Family StructuresMass incarceration has been devastating for poor minority communities.A quarter of all black children will have a parent incarcerated at some point during their childhood.A prison record makes it much more difficult for a young man to get a job or succeed economically.Incarceration depresses marriage rates in poor communities.Of poor African American children, 78 percent were in female headed families.Jobless men, incarcerated men and men with criminal records are seen as less desirable marriage partners.

ResourcesMary Jo Bane Political Science, Harvard -2012 lecture can be found on CSC websiteKathy Edin Sociologist, Harvard Law -Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women put Motherhood Before MarriageWilliam Julius Wilson, Sociologist, Harvard -The Truly Disadvantaged -When Work Disappears -More Than Just Race2012 US Census DataBruce Western (Harvard) and Todd Clear (Rutgers) both in Criminal Justice 2 articlesVideo Segment from: Just Neighbors: Communities of Faith Helping People in Need can be found in the CSC (see Melissa or Bill Purcell)

15Voices beyond the figuresSegment from Just NeighborsPanel:-Charles Jenkins-Charles Austin-Laura

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