Poverty Project Talk

The Birmingham News – Community News

January 23, 2008

Judy Haise, Social Columnist

The event: Address by Nick Foster, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project, at a luncheon hosted by the American Association of University Women, Birmingham chapter.

The scene: Tax reform is an important key to addressing poverty, the former Baptist minister told the women meeting at Independent Presbyterian Church.

”Charity is good, but justice is better,” he said.

Until that happens the Poverty Project is publishing regular Op-Ed articles in newspapers, reaching out to the faith community to help it address poverty and provide resources, forming partnerships with higher education, and educating high school students about poverty, its causes and possible remedies.

Spotted: Members Myrl Kirstein, Jean Mary, Helen Miller, Peggy Monaghan, Judy Prince, Barbara Trauffer and Marion Webber of Crestwood; Dot Baker, Ilse Diasio, Jane Dorn, Judith Hand, Betsy McGrath and Janis Zeanah of Vestavia Hills; Margie Denton and Bobbie Piper of Mountain Brook; Cathy Moncrief, Frances Thompson and Jeanne Weaver of Hoover; Judy Deegan, Aubrey Ross, and Rowena Talbot of Highland Park; Elmyra Powell and Jo Hempstead of Greystone; Jeannine Spann and Barbara Patterson of Forest Park, Patricia Fitzsimmons of Cahaba Heights; Carolyn Crawford of Redmont; Audrey Salgado of Meadow Brook; Sunny Campbell of Huffman; Elizabeth Barker of Jefferson Parish; Debbie Bennett of Leeds; Paula Copeland of Trussville; Jane McGahee of Homewood; Aggie Pollock of Inverness; and Skip Wadhams of Highland Lakes.