The Alliance is proud and pleased to announce that acclaimed writer and activist Barbara Ehrenreich will serve as keynote speaker for the 2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness.
Ehrenreich is best known for her work, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. The book is a memoir of the writer’s three month experiment on living on minimum wage; Ehrenreich tried to stay housed, fed, and safe while working as a waitress, a maid, a WalMart employee, A NURSING HOME AIDE. The book was widely reviewed as a thoughtful and gripping depiction of life for people at the economic margins of society and shed important light on the issues of affordable housing and living wages.
Ehrenreich has also written Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land is Their Land, and Dancing in the Streets, along with MANY essays and articles about social justice, feminism, and poverty. She has contributed to a wide array of publications, including TIME, The New York Times, the Washington post, The New Republic, the Nation, Mother Jones, and Ms. Magazine. She has also lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities and for community groups and civic organizations, in many countries around the world.
The Alliance looks forward to hearing Ehrenreich’s thoughtful perspective on poverty, housing affordability, and homelessness at the conference – and we hope you’re there too! For questions about the conference or to learn more about conference highlights, please visit the conference website.
For more on Barbara Ehrenreich, please visit her website.