Heather McGhee, Local Performers Inspire at Asbury HallBack >
July 24, 2013
Audience members listen in as Heather McGhee of Demos talks about inequality and the American Dream. Photo: Joseph DiDomizio, Open Buffalo
Heather McGhee of Demos spoke to Buffalo residents in Asbury Hall on Tuesday, July 23rd. Local performers Daughters of Creative Sound, Dr. Anthony Neal, and Randle and the Late Night Scandals rounded out the evening.
A writer, speaker and regular commentator for MSNBC, Fox News and CNN on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity, racial equity and financial regulation, McGhee is the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos. Her talk focused on inequality, upward mobility, and the American Dream.
"The economy is not the weather," said McGhee. She went on to explain that the economy is something very much within our control, and that everyone has a right to a seat at the table, regardless of wealth or race.
Demos’ goals are similar to Open Buffalo’s shared vision of an equal, just, and free city driven by a united and empowered community open to full democratic participation, innovative ideas and policies, new leaders from diverse communities, and meaningful economic opportunity and sustainable wealth creation for all. George Sax wrote about these issues and the impetus for the event in this week's Artvoice.
The event, organized by Open Buffalo, brought together 20 community organizations in support of the event including:
- Prisoners are People Too
- Citizen Action
- Western New York Peace Center/Occupy Buffalo
- Save the Kids
- Clean Air Coalition
- Food and Water Watch
- Buffalo State College's Political Science Department's Democracy Project
- Our Lady of Hope
- Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo
- Buffalo Urban League
- Working Family Party
- Communication Workers of America 1168
- Boys & Girls Club
- Buffalo CarShare
- Partnership for the Public Good
- Coalition for Economic Justice
- VOICE - Buffalo
- People United for Sustainable Housing
- Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo
See below or visit our Flickr page for more photos and video of the event.
Heather McGhee Speaks at Asbury Hall