Capital Region Truth Commission

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 5 - 8 pm, First United Methodist Church, Schenectady

Despite New York’s great wealth, more than 3 million New Yorkers live below the federal poverty line, and millions more struggle to make ends meet. In Schenectady, Albany, and Rensselaer counties, 4 in 10 households earn less than the cost of living.

Why is this? How are individuals, families and our community impacted, and what is being done to respond? How can we create a more just community in which all our neighbors can thrive?

Join us on Thursday, July 13, to hear people directly impacted by poverty and related injustices, direct service providers, advocates, faith leaders, and policy experts reflect on these questions.

To attend, RSVP using the form below and indicate whether you are interested in sharing your story or insight. Each person will have up to 5 minutes to speak. (Due to time constraints, we may not be able to accommodate all requests to testify in person on July 13. However we will have a separate room set up with a camera, where people can provide video testimony if they’re not able to speak during the event.) If you prefer to submit written testimony, you can do so by emailing We will accept testimony until August 14.

We are looking for testimony from people directly impacted by poverty and related injustices, direct service providers, advocates, faith or other community leaders, and academics or other experts, which addresses any of the following:

  • How poverty and related injustices impact you, your family, and/or the community at large.

  • The leadership, organizing, resistance and resilience that already exist in directly impacted communities.
  • Your values and vision for a just community.

This event is part of the Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State being held across New York in 2017 and is part of a national Truth Commission on the Right Not to Be Poor, organized as part of the Call for a New Poor People’s Campaign.

Co-sponsors: Citizen Action of New York - Capital District Chapter, Fiscal Policy Institute, FOCUS Churches of Albany, Food Not Bombs - Albany, Kairos Center for Rights, Religions and Social Justice, New York State United Teachers, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Center for Law and Justice, Albany Black Veterans Association, First United Methodist Church - Schenectady, Mt Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, First Reformed Church - Schenectady, Schenectady Area Labor Council, IUE-CWA Local 301, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District (list in formation)