On December 5, LA CAN hosted a historic meeting with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human rights, Philip Alston. The meeting was followed by a walking tour of Skid Row by LA CAN’s lead civil rights organizer General Dogon.
The Town Hall event focused on the intersection of extreme poverty and the criminalization of the poor and homeless as well as how government efforts to eradicate poverty relate to U.S. obligations under international human rights law. Organizations from across LA turned out to testify about the work being done to challenge the policies that create and perpetuate poverty in LA. Selected testimonials can be seen HERE.
Read more about the historic meeting in the Los Angeles Times.