We Have Our Quorum

We Have Our Quorum

Postby johnkarls » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:51 pm

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From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
To: ReadingLiberallyEmailList@johnkarls.com
Bcc: The “To” Addressees
Subject: We Have Our Quorum for “$2.00 a Day” on Wed Feb 7
Date: Thu, Jan 4, 2018 11:39 am MST
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To:

Jay Hansen
Marcia Hansen
Kathryn Kair
George Kunath
Attila Relenyi
Janice Shawl
Yours Truly

Dear Friends,

We have our quorum for “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” for Wed Feb 7.

Happy reading!!!

Your friend,

John K.


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From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
To: ReadingLiberallyEmailList@johnkarls.com
Bcc: The “To” and “Cc” Addressees
Subject: RSVP’s Requested For “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” - Feb 7
Date: Wed, Jan 3, 2018 4:03 am MST
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To:

The 12 RSVP’s For Our August-January Meetings Who Have
Not Yet RSVP’d Positively or Negatively for February 7th =

Ellen Birrell
Denise Chancellor
Thomas Chancellor
Marty Gelman
Sheila Gelman
Norm Guice
Ted Gurney
Tucker Gurney
Jay Hansen
Marcia Hansen
Attila Relenyi
Janice Shawl

Cc:

The 3 Positive RSVP’s for February 7th =

Kathryn Kair
George Kunath
Yours Truly


Dear Friends,

Re: Last call for “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer – Wed Feb 7th.


This is the standard Heads Up that is sent for any month if we have reached the point of only 3 days to go until cancellation of a monthly meeting because fewer than 6 positive RSVP’s have been received.

So far, we are 3 short of the minimum quorum of 6 RSVP’s for Wed February 7th.

Accordingly, the February 7th meeting is due to be cancelled as of 11:59 pm this Friday.

If any of you has a change of heart before Friday evening, please be sure to let me know.

Your friend,

John K.


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From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
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Bcc: The Approximately 150 Recipients of Our Weekly E-mail
Subject: RSVP’s Requested For “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” - Feb 7
Date: Sat, Dec 30, 2017
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Dear Friends,

Our next meeting is Wednesday evening, February 7th, at the Salt Lake Public Library (210 East 400 South). [Both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on February 14th.]

In accordance with our quorum-revision policy of 6/12/2013, instead of waiting until the last week before each monthly meeting to request RSVP’s and canceling if we do not have our minimum quorum of six, RSVP’s are requested in our first-of-the-monthly-cycle weekly e-mail.

Those who have RSVP’d will be informed immediately when we reach six so that they can proceed to read the materials with assurance that a discussion will take place.

If there are not six RSVP’s by 11:59 pm next Friday, then next week’s weekly e-mail will announce that the 2/7/2018 meeting is cancelled.

Non-SLCounty residents (and residents who are out of town) are invited to participate in our meeting via Skype. If you would like to do so, please press your reply button and type “request participation via Skype” and we will contact you to make appropriate arrangements.


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OUR FOCUS BOOK FOR FEB 7TH --

“$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer [Originally published by Houghton Mifflin September 2015 – Paperback edition by Mariner Books – 174 pages sans notes & index] was proposed by Ted Gurney, a retired U/U Biology Professor.

Amazon.com -- $8.40 paperback + shipping or $9.99 Kindle.
Other bookstores listed on Amazon -- from $4.87 used + shipping.
Salt Lake Public Library – 1 of 3 copies currently available.
Salt Lake County Library – 2 of 3 copies currently available.


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DESCRIPTION FROM THE INSIDE FLY LEAF FOR THIS NY TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR --

A revelatory account of a kind of poverty so extreme, and so often hidden, most Americans don’t think it exists

Jessica Compton’s family of four would have no income if she didn’t donate plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna, in Chicago, have gone for days with nothing to eat other than spoiled milk.

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen -- households surviving on virtually no cash income. Edin, whose deep examination of her subjects lives has turned sociology upside down (Mother Jones), teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor. The two made a surprising discovery: the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

But the fuller story remained to be told. Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? What do they do to survive? In search of answers, Edin and Shaefer traveled across the country to speak with families living in this extreme poverty. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge: a low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage, and a growing but hidden landscape of survival strategies among America’s extreme poor. Not just a powerful exposé, $2.00 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality.


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AUTHOR BIOS

Prof. Kathryn J. Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Prof. H. Luke Shaefer is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.


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BOOK REVIEW EXCERPTS

”A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States . . . This essential book is a call to action, and one hopes it will accomplish what Michael Harrington’s ‘The Other Americans’ achieved in the late 1960s—arousing both the nation’s consciousness and conscience about the plight of a growing number of invisible citizens. The rise of such absolute poverty since the passage of welfare reform belies all the categorical talk about opportunity and the American dream.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Affluent Americans often cherish the belief that poverty in America is far more comfortable than poverty in the rest of the world. Edin and Shaefer's devastating account of life at $2 or less a day blows that myth out of the water. This is world class poverty at a level that should mobilize not only national alarm, but international attention.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickeled and Dimed

"In $2.00 A Day, Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer reveal a shameful truth about our prosperous nation: many -- far too many -- get by on what many of us spend on coffee each day. It's a chilling book, and should be essential reading for all of us."
—Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here

“Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer deliver an incisive pocket history of 1990s welfare reform -- and then blow the lid off what has happened in the decades afterward. Edin’s and Shaefer’s portraits of people in Chicago, Mississippi, Tennessee, Baltimore, and more forced into underground, damaging survival strategies, here in first-world America, are truly chilling. This is income inequality in America at its most stark and most hidden.”
—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

“Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, with compelling statistics and wrenching human stories, illustrate how -- with incomes far below the pay of low-wage jobs that cripples families by the millions -- a shocking number of Americans live in an almost unimaginable depth of poverty, with near-zero incomes. We have let the bottom go out of the American economy. This powerful book should be required reading for everyone.”
—Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center and author, So Rich So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America

“This searing look at extreme poverty deftly mixes policy research and heartrending narratives... Mixing academic seriousness and deft journalistic storytelling, this work may well move readers to positive action.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An eye-opening account of the lives ensnared in the new poverty cycle.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A close-up, heartbreaking look at rising poverty and income inequality in the U.S.”
—Booklist


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We hope to see all of you on February 7th.

Your friend,

John K.

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