ON-Lion Letter

In April, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty sponsored a special, pre-release screening of its documentary film Poverty, Inc. at the historic Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee.

Poverty, Inc. is about how the business of doing good can harm the very people it is intended to help.  The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry -- the business of doing good has never been better.

Yet the results have been mixed -- in some cases, even catastrophic -- and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.

Drawing from more than 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.   Part of the Acton Institute's PovertyCure project, it has earned Best Film honors at three film festivals so far.

From TOMS shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, Poverty, Inc. challenges each of us to ask the tough question:  could I be part of the problem?

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports Acton.

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