Philadelphia Interfaith Press Conference to Address Poverty in the U.S.

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 10/6/2016) – Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and social action organizations will gather on Saturday, October 8, 2016, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, for Philadelphia’s 10th Annual “Day of Dignity,” an interfaith effort to help the tens of thousands of our neighbors in this city who live below the poverty line.

A press conference at 12:30 pm will include speakers from multiple religious and social action groups.

WHAT: Philadelphia Interfaith Press Conference to Address Poverty in the U.S.
WHO: Leaders from Muslim, Christian, Jewish and representatives of sponsoring organizations
WHERE: Parking Lot at 427 North Broad Street; Philadelphia, PA 19123
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: The 10th Annual “Day of Dignity” in Philadelphia is hosted byIslamic Relief and its local partner Amana Foundation in conjunction with CAIR-Philadelphia,FeedPhilly, Islamic Community Center of Lancaster, Islamic Community of Chester County, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

BACKGROUND: More than 46 million people — including 16 million children — live in poverty in the United States. The “Day of Dignity” project creates an opportunity for caring individuals from diverse communities to provide services to their neighbors in need. Food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene kits are just some of the items distributed during Day of Dignity events. Free medical care and screenings are also provided.

Iftekhar Hussain, CAIR-Philadelphia Vice President, said, “In this country, with the world’s largest economy, the persistent and immorally high levels of American poverty is a national disgrace. Poverty is an issue all but ignored in this year’s presidential campaign by both major political parties. In lieu of the absence of governmental anti-poverty programs, Philadelphia’s ‘Day of Dignity’ is an interfaith effort to help our neighbors and work together for a better world.”

CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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PRESS CONTACT: Iftekhar Hussain, ihussain@cair.com, 484-569-9696

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