Shailly Gupta Barnes is the Policy Director at the Kairos Center. She coordinated and edited the Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America report for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, working closely with the Institute for Policy Studies. This report looked at the evolution of the key themes of the Campaign over the past 50 years and its findings informed the current Campaign’s Moral Agenda and Demands. Read more about the Souls of Poor Folk  and Moral Agenda at poorpeoplescampaign.org.

Originally from Chicago, Shailly has a background in law, economics and international development and has spent the past 14 years working with and for poor and marginalized communities: as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural farming village in Niger; as part of the legal team that successfully fought for Colombian waste pickers’ rights in the Constitutional Court of Colombia; with the Poverty Initiative and its network of grassroots religious and community leaders; and today with the Kairos Center and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Her understanding of justice, morality and liberation draws on her Hindu and Jain background and her close engagement with communities of struggle.

Shailly has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago (1999), a J.D. from UCLA School of Law (2002), and an M.I.A. from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (2009). She has three children with Adam Barnes and lives in New York City.

Upcoming Classes with Shailly Gupta Barnes

who are the poor?
March 21 @ 6:00 pm

Who are the Poor and Why are they Poor?

This three-session course (March 7, 14, 21) uses popular education methodologies to take a critical look at common explanations for poverty and inequality, and the ways those concepts are usually defined and talked about.
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March 27 @ 5:30 pm

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

This 3-part series will cover the following themes of the last historic campaign of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and its contemporary revival as the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Reviva
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Past Classes with Shailly Gupta Barnes

September 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Introduction to Political Education & Popular Education Pedagogy

This one-day class is about popular education - an approach to teaching and learning that connects theory, experience, and practical work for social change.
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Poor Peoples Campaign
October 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

The Poor People’s Campaign: 1968-2018

A 4-part series, taught by Kairos Center staff, covering the main themes of the last historic campaign of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and its contemporary revival as the Poor People’s Campaign.
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October 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

Theories of Poverty

This course explores the prevailing explanations for why poverty exists today and reveals the deeply entrenched ideologies that prevent us from seeking long-term and real solutions that can end poverty.
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November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Introduction to Political Education & Popular Education Pedagogy

This one-day class is about popular education - an approach to teaching and learning that connects theory, experience, and practical work for social change.
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