The numbers are clear, the middle-class are the new poor. More children are going hungry every day. People are losing their homes. Poverty is threatening U.S. democracy.
On January 17, 2013, in Washington, DC, Tavis convened a panel of some of America’s most prominent thinkers and advocates for a thought-provoking, action-inspiring conversation about poverty in the U.S. For three nights, we rebroadcast this special event devoted to the issue of how eradicating poverty in America can be made a national priority.
Panelists 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.
[The “Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty” program was held at The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium and sponsored by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Opportunity Finance Network.]