Poverty Tour In The News
By: Jenée Desmond-Harris
Posted: September 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Cornel West and Tavis Smiley want the issue addressed in the debates and on the next president’s agenda.
(The Root) — Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, hosts of the nationally syndicated public-radio program Smiley & West, remain as determined as ever to put the issue of poverty — which Smiley has called “the new slavery” — higher on the national agenda.
On “The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience,” which kicks off Sept. 12 and includes stops in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania through Sept. 15, the two plan to host solution-generating town hall meetings that will broadcast live on multiple platforms. Families, community organizers, job cooperatives, elected officials, war veterans and religious leaders will be invited to participate. (more…)
Cornel West, Tavis Smiley Hosting “Poverty Tour 2.0,” Town Hall Slated For Delaware State University
(AllHipHop News) Educator/rapper Dr. Cornel West and veteran TV broadcaster Tavis Smiley, co-hosts of the syndicated “Smiley & West” radio show, will launch “The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience” this month.
The mini-tour will hit six different states, with a town hall event being held at Delaware State University, which will tackle the issues surrounding both President Barack Obama and hopeful Mitt Romney, in the upcoming elections in November. (more…)
A new report from “Capital Kids” reveals that the childhood poverty rate is worse in Washington, D.C., than in Mexico. We anticipate that the official poverty numbers being released this Wednesday will confirm that across the nation, children are paying the price for our political indifference to poverty in America. Demographers tell us that child poverty will almost certainly increase from its 22% level in 2010. As if 22% isn’t already tragic enough. (more…)
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“THE POVERTY TOUR 2.0” HITS THE ROAD
IN FOUR BATTLEGROUND STATES
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West kick off the tour in Ohio, September 12,
coinciding with the release of a new U.S. Census Bureau report on poverty
WASHINGTON, DC (September 10, 2012) — The U.S. Census Bureau is
expected to announce this Wednesday, September 12, that America’s poverty
rate is the worst in 50 years. In light of the bureau’s latest findings, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary, kick off “The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience” in Cleveland, OH.
Smiley: “That is consistent all across the country. The one percent continues to do well. We are all suffering. This is not an urban or suburban issue. Poverty is the new American norm.”