Past Event

Community Town Hall Meeting

Helping Families Deal with the Rising Impact of Household Debt

6:00 - 8:30 PM EDT

From high credit card bills and predatory lenders to rising interest rates on mortgage loans, high debt is preventing many American families from getting ahead. To better understand why this is happening and the specific impact of debt, the Center for American Progress, Associated Ministries and the Pierce County Asset Building Coalition, are hosting a community town hall on Thursday, October 26th at Urban Grace Church in downtown Tacoma.

The evening will include a panel discussion featuring leading local and state advocates discussing the causes and effects of debt, as well as legislative and policy-based options to address debt. The evening will also include a presentation of the film “Maxed Out,” a new documentary about the way debt is affecting people and their families across the United States. The panel and film will be followed by a community discussion moderated by Seattle radio talk show host, Dave Ross. For more information about the film go to

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma
State Representative Jeannie Darneille,
27th Legislative District
Rev. David Isom, Pastor, Miles Memorial CME Church
Bruce Neas, Consumer Attorney, Columbia Legal Services
Mark San Souci, Northwest Regional Liaison for Military Families
Derek Douglas, Director of the Economic Mobility Program, Center for American Progress
A community discussion will follow the panel and the film moderated by Dave Ross, of Seattle’s KIRO-AM.