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“Vision for a New America”

January 14th, 2013, byStaff

Nearly 50 million Americans live in poverty, which means that more than 16% of our fellow citizens are struggling to survive. For children, that number is 20%–and, worst of all, for African Americans, the figure is nearly 26%. With all the talk of a slow recovery from the deepest recession since the U.S. depression, there doesn’t seem to be much good news for the country’s poor.

It’s against the stark backdrop of these numbers that we broadcast three nights of a special conversation on poverty. “Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty” examines one of the most important, but often-forgotten issues of our time. Panelists discussed proven solutions on how government officials can contain the wildfire of American poverty.

Guests included: Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and associate professor of Drexel University’s School of Public Health; Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United; Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH); Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House; John D. Graham, dean, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs and author of America’s Poor and the Great Recession; Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America; Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary professor and author.

Watch our discussion on ways to aggressively address the economic crisis in the U.S. by refusing to abandon those Americans most in need—the perennially poor and the new poor—the country’s former middle class.

  • Gregory DePetro

    I watched your show last night and was very pleased on what I heard from the panel.As for me I agree with what Mariana Chilton said about if people report that little extra money made that would reduce or take away thier food stamps or medical. Because I was one of those people prosicuted for this and had to pay restitution and have a criminal record. At the time my wife was on life suport and had a 10 year old child.A friend was helping me out by allowing me to work for him and also he helped take care of my child at his house.
    Not to get him and other people involved I pleaded no contest and paid 6,000 dollars which took me sometime to pay off. Now it is harder for me to find a job.I tried to have the dream of owning a home and feed my family.300 dollars plus on medication.mortage,heat and taxes. What is there for me to do now???

  • Calvin White

    It saddens me when I go to homeless shelters, and many are so addicted to tobacco and other inhaled drugs, and/or booze that they prioritize their addictions and a place to live.

  • Carol Nye

    Everyone has a story; please do not think that homeless people are all drunks & druggies… I would imagine much of the substance abuse begins due to the horrendousness of being homeless & feeling forgotten in America. It could be any of us…

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