Jan. 17, 2013
Tavis Smiley moderated a discussion focusing on poverty in the United States. Panelists discussed issues including the importance of education, prisons, welfare programs, the size of government, and the federal budget. The panelists generally criticized the administration for not focusing on poverty and Tavis Smiley called on President Obama to hold a “White House Conference on the Eradication of Poverty in America.”
Mr. Smiley’s annual forum was titled “Vision for a New America: A Future without Poverty.” It was held in the Lisner Auditorium of George Washington University.
Talk Show Host PBS
Professor Union Theological Seminary
Director Drexel University School of Public Health-Center for Hunger-Free Communities
Gingrich, Newton “Newt” Leroy
U.S. Representative (Former) [R] Georgia
Executive Director National Nurses United
Sachs, Jeffrey D.
Director Earth Institute at Columbia University
U.S. Representative [D] Ohio
Graham, John D.
Dean Indiana University-School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Excerpt from the above program.
Cornel West Explains Why It Bothers Him That Obama Will Be Taking The Oath With MLK’s Bible
As Obama Prepares for 2nd Term, Tavis Smiley Urges Him to Take Up MLK’s Fight Against Poverty
democracynow·Jan 17, 2013
DemocracyNow.org – Ahead of Monday’s public inauguration that will usher in President Obama’s second term, we turn to a call for him to put the more than 50 million Americans living in poverty at the top of his agenda. The issue has garnered attention in part because Obama will take the oath of office with his hand placed on two bibles — one owned by Abraham Lincoln, and the other by Martin Luther King Jr., known for his civil rights and anti-poverty activism. We’re joined by broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley, who has spent the past year crisscrossing the country with activist and Professor Cornel West to start a national conversation on the issue of poverty, calling on President Obama to organize a White House Conference on the Eradication of Poverty in America. Smiley will be in Washington, D.C., tonight moderating a nationally televised symposium, “Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty.”
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