Date(s) - 11/26/2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

For the last 10 years, the Citizens League has partnered with the Caux Round Table, the Center for the American Experiment, Growth & Justice and the Humphrey School for an annual event honoring the late senator John Brandl for his commitment to bipartisanship, good governance, and sustainable policy solutions. The next annual event is coming up on Monday, November 26 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Cowles Auditorium, and will feature a conversation surrounding Grasping and Reducing Poverty in Minnesota, and the interconnections of family, work & education with speakers Tonya Allen of the Skillman Foundation, Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution & Robert Doar of the American Enterprise Institute.

Tenth Annual Celebration of John Brandl & His Uncommon Quest for Common Ground
Monday, November 26, 2018
Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455 (map)

This event is free and open to the public.


Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King launched the “Poor People’s Campaign” to shine a bright light on the economic injustices that plagued large swaths of the United States.

Five decades later the earned income disparities among Americans stubbornly persist and, in some places, continue to grow at an alarming pace. The gap between the richest and poorest in our country widens, and the number of children living in extreme poverty is unacceptably high. This remains particularly true for people of color in America.

In 2015, the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution joined forces to form the Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity to take a fresh look at poverty in America through a consensus-based and bipartisan lens. The result was a consensus plan to “reduce poverty and restore the American Dream [by bridging] the partisan divide and suggesting a way forward despite the political polarization and gridlock that has paralyzed much of Washington.”

A unique feature of the report is that it considers three major domains of life simultaneously: family, work, and education.

Tonya Allen, our keynote speaker, has marshaled resources across those three domains to improve lives and livelihoods in Detroit, where she is the Skillman Foundation’s president & CEO. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s and the nation’s children. She will be joined in conversation by Ron Haskins and Robert Doar, who led the collaboration between the two famous Washington think tanks of different political orientation that produced the AEI and Brookings consensus plan for reducing poverty and restoring the American Dream.

Please join us once again in the ecumenical spirit of a remarkable scholar, public servant, and friend – John Brandl.

This event is free and open to the public.

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