Peter Edelman, Author So Rich, So Poor, Prof.,Georgetown Univ. Law , Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever, Exec. Dir., National Council of Negro Women, Frances Fox Piven, prof political science, City Univesity of New York
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So Rich , So Poor - The Crisis of U.S. Poverty Today
Peter Edelman, Author So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard To End Poverty In America. A Professor at Georgetown University Law Center ,he was top advisor to Senator Robert Kennedy and was a member of President Clinton's administration until he resigned in protest of Clinton's signing, 16 years ago the Welfare Reform and Reconstruction Act.
Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, whose been described as a change agent, living on the intersection of race and gender and fighting for justice every step of the way
Frances Fox Piven, professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her latest book is Who's Afraid of Frances Fox Piven: The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate.
The income-level disparity in this country is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. How can this country be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. In the past we took important positive steps without which 25 to 30 million more people would be poor, but poverty fluctuates with the business cycle. The structure of today's economy has stultified wage growth for half of America's workers with even worse results at the bottom and for people of color while bestowing billions on those at the top.
What is happening to the people behind the statistics and especially the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood. This is crisis of poverty is the most critical American dilemma of the twenty-first century.
produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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