Upcoming events shed light on one of the most urgent issues facing America today

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Eviction is an issue of national importance, but it also plays out locally. Last year in Pima County, over 13,000 evictions were filed in court. Many more evictions happen that never make it to court.

In February and March, select Pima County Public Library book clubs will read Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, a book that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America. The series will culminate with a community dialogue, “The Eviction Problem in Pima County: What can we do?,” led by Stacy Butler, director of the Innovation for Justice Program and founding member of Step Up to Justice.

First, join us for a discussion of the “unignorable” (New York Times) Evicted:

Consider some questions before reading:

  • Have you or anyone you know ever been evicted? How did that experience affect your/their life?
  • Was any particular story in the book emotionally painful to witness? Why?
  • Many people point to “bad decision making” as a reason others get evicted. Did you feel this way before reading Evicted? Did your opinions change after reading it?

Then, come to a free panel discussion (whether or not you’ve read the book!) about what we can do locally to make a difference:

These events are co-sponsored by The University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, Step Up to Justice, Ending Poverty Now, and Pima County Community Services. For more information, visit library.pima.gov or call Infoline at (520) 791-4010.


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