Matthew Desmond speaks with Jackie Keiger at the 13th Annual Justice Forum

Thank you for joining us for our 13th Annual Justice Forum. We were informed, motivated, and energized by Matthew Desmond. It was powerful to be together in community, at Kimmel arena, online and at our regional watch parties.

We are grateful to Dr. Desmond for sharing his lived experience and eye-opening research. He discussed how we can be poverty abolitionists, both individually and collectively. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Justice Forum Giving Challenge! Your generosity raised more than $16,000 – $10,000 of that will be matched thanks to Don and Nancy Ackermann Cole and Sandra Byrd & Family. The Justice Forum Giving Challenge will help power Pisgah Legal’s anti-poverty efforts.

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Photo of 2023 Justice Forum Speaker, Matthew Desmond.
MacArthur “Genius” and Princeton sociologist, Matthew Desmond, was launched onto the national stage as an expert on contemporary American poverty with the publication of his Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Desmond’s latest book, the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Poverty, by America, investigates why the United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology and the founder and principal investigator of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

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