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Open Buffalo presents: Heather McGhee, Randle and the Late Night Scandals

In its efforts to work towards establishing a more democratic, equal city, Open Buffalo is hosting a town hall meeting tonight at Asbury Hall which will feature a presentation by Heather McGhee.

McGhee is the vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, an organization whose mission for the country aligns perfectly with the goals of Open Buffalo’s organization: to provide all Americans with an equal say in democracy and equal economic opportunity. McGhee’s talk will center on upward mobility, inequality and the American dream.

McGhee’s background in democracy reform, economic reform, racial equity and financial regulation also stems from years spent as a writer, speaker and media commentator on these issues. She has made regular appearances on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN and her written work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, the Washington Post and the New York Times. McGhee also co-authored a chapter on retirement insecurity in Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and its Poisonous Consequences.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. this evening and the event will kick off around 6:30 p.m. Before and after McGhee’s talk and subsequent Q&A session, the event will feature performances by local artists, including Daughters of Creative Sound, a spoken word performance by Dr. Neal, and a closing set by Randle and the Late Night Scandals.

For more details on the event and the organization, visit Open Buffalo’s website or their Facebook page.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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