Championing Economic Justice: Harris County Officials and Advocates Host Screening of "It's Basic" Documentary

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/30/2024, 10:15 a.m.
Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, alongside County Attorney Christian Menefee, is set to lead a transformative event in the heart …
Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, alongside County Attorney Christian Menefee, is set to lead a transformative event in the heart of Houston. On Thursday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m., St. Johns Downtown Church will play host to a screening of the documentary film "It's Basic." This compelling narrative, directed by Marc Levin and executive produced by former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, offers an intimate glimpse into the daily struggles of individuals grappling with financial insecurity.

Exploring Real-Life Challenges:

"It's Basic" delves into the lives of guaranteed income recipients across the nation, from Saint Paul to Los Angeles. Through candid interviews and poignant storytelling, the film underscores the profound impact of providing a financial safety net. Joining the screening will be Taniquewa Brewster, a participant in Austin's Guaranteed Income Program, offering firsthand insight into the transformative power of economic stability.

A Stand Against Inequality:

Commissioner Ellis and County Attorney Menefee stand at the forefront of Harris County's fight for economic justice. Despite legal hurdles, including a recent setback from the Texas Supreme Court, their commitment to initiatives like Uplift Harris remains unwavering. As Ellis aptly notes, "We refuse to be bystanders as soaring income inequality grips our community."

National Movement, Local Impact:

The screening also features champions of the guaranteed income movement, including Michael Tubbs, whose pioneering work in Stockton paved the way for transformative policy shifts nationwide. With the support of advocates like Tubbs, Ellis, and Menefee, Harris County continues to push the boundaries of economic empowerment.

A Call to Action:

Beyond the screening, the event promises a dynamic program, including a news conference and fireside chat. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with community leaders, exchange ideas, and rally behind the cause of economic justice.

In the face of adversity, Harris County remains steadfast in its pursuit of equity and opportunity for all. Through initiatives like Uplift Harris and events like the screening of "It's Basic," Commissioner Ellis, County Attorney Menefee, and their allies send a powerful message: the fight against poverty knows no bounds.

Join us on May 30th at St. Johns Downtown Church** as we stand together in solidarity, amplifying the voices of those too often silenced by economic hardship. Together, we can build a future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

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