Conference Program

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Conference program:

Report back from Day 1 by Pas Forgione


Day one of Attack Poverty, Not The Poor: Anti-Poverty Week Conference​ was one of the most powerful days in the history of Anti-Poverty Network SA​. 

So much defiance, passion, and solidarity.

Deeply impressed by the the honesty and insight of our four members – David, Stef, Jacinta, Amethyt – who opened the conference; the eloquence of Dr. John Falzon from St. Vinnies; the extraordinary advocacy and campaigning by Auckland Action Against Poverty (fighting an even more punitive welfare system than ours); and all the speakers, in the youth panel especially, but also throughout the day, who contributed.

A supreme team effort – too many people to tag tonight, but I will tag them – from lots of people who came early to set up, and stayed lack to pack up, not to mention those who put weeks and weeks into promotions and logistics.

After a small start, we got roughly 90 people, a similar turnout last year, maybe slightly bigger.

So proud of all of you. 


Feeling very inspired and moved by everything that happened on Friday and Saturday at Attack Poverty, Not The Poor: Anti-Poverty Week Conference​, excited by all the new alliances and friendships and ideas and projects!! 

Two days of defiance, passion, solidarity, warmth; full of inspiring conversation and speakers; full of powerful critiques of the policies and systems assaulting the poor and the unemployed; an unprecedented convergence of grassroots groups, from across the country, resisting the government’s attacks on welfare; and Anti-Poverty Network SA’s largest ever conference, and greatest ever event. 

The number of people who helped with promotions and logistics in the lead-up to the event was extraordinary. THANKS to those who fliered and postered; who did media interviews; who spoke to churches, community groups, unions and others about the conference; who organised marquees; who arranged airfares; who helped shape the program; and everyone who helped on those two long days, with setting up, packing, childcare, transport assistance, billeting, filming, photography, social media, who chaired, who spoke, who donated food, who ushered people to their sessions.