On Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 4:00 – 5:30, Tackling T.I.N.A. will host its second public discussion of the semester. This free public event focuses on how poor and working-class families get stuck in long-term cycles of poverty. For this discussion, we will consider specific welfare policies that make it difficult to escape undesirable economic circumstances as well as the forms of class prejudice and misinformation that often prevent poor families from accessing the state and federal resources they need. Find out all of the details below.


  • Chapters 1, 3, and 4 from Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggleby Andrea Louise Campbell – You can download these selections or buy the book and support the author. The first chapter introduces readers to the Wagner family and explains how stable working families are often just one unlucky accident away from financial crisis. Chapter three offers some data to show that the Wagner’s are far from being alone in this precarious position. Chapter four shows how today’s welfare policies keep families poor rather than providing a path to economic self-sufficiency. 

Community Facilitators

  • Cathy Coyne, Director of Health Advocacy and Policy at LVHN
  • Hasshan Batts, Director of Operations – Allentown Promise Neighborhood

Save the Date:

  • When: Thursday, 10/18 from 4:00 – 5:30
  • Where: Cafe the Lodge (427 E 4th St, Bethlehem)

Feature Image Credit: “Trap” by Vlastimil Koutecký via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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