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NPR – Smiley, West: Poverty Is A Political Issue

Listen to the whole segment on NPR! Some 15 percent of the U.S. population lived below the poverty line in 2011, according to a report from the Census Bureau. Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, co-authors of The Rich and the Rest of the U.S., argue that both political parties virtually ignore the issue of poverty.

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The Poverty Tour 2.0 on Morning Joe!

Watch the whole exchange on MSNBC!  

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Poverty Tour 2.0 on the Washington Journal

See the video and other highlights on the Washington Journal! Cornel West and Tavis Smiley discuss their latest poverty tour through key battleground states (OH, VA, PA and FL) to draw attention to the rising poverty rate and engage voters “in hopes that President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will make poverty their number [...]

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As U.S. Inequality Widens, Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Launch Poverty Tour 2.0

See the original post & video at DemocracyNow! New government data shows economic inequality continued to widen in the United States last year. The Census Bureau reports the wealthiest Americans increased their share of total wealth by 4.9 percent, while the median income reached its lowest level since 1995. Some 46.2 million Americans were classified [...]

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Cornel West on poverty issues in the U.S.

Read the original article and listen to the audio on Marketplace.org! Last year, famed commentator Tavis Smiley and renowed academic Cornel West launched their first poverty tour. They traveled the country spreading the word about poverty, and the problems it presents. Well, they’re back at it again. Today they’re launching “The Poverty Tour 2.0” and [...]

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Highlighting Poverty in the 2012 Election

Read the original article and listen to the audio at The Take Away! Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, politicians from both sides of the fence have prioritized the middle class, and the political conventions were no exception. According to a data map from our partner The New York Times, Democrats uttered the phrase “middle class” [...]

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Poverty in America and the Search for Solutions

Read the original article and watch the video at the War Room! Tavis Smiley, co-author of “The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto,” joins Jennifer Granholm in “The War Room” to talk about poverty in America and why the U.S. Census Bureau is expected to announce that America’s poverty rate has hit [...]

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The High Bar with Tavis and Cornel!

Watch the original video and read the original article here! by Warren Etheredge Chances are, if you’re watching this episode, you are a member of the 99%. Unfortunately, in this case, there is little safety in numbers. As the gap between the Haves and the Have Nothings grows, our nation suffers, not just our bank [...]

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Poverty in America

Originally shown at: The Ed Show @ ed.msnbc.msn.com on June 1st!   A look at poverty In America, with starkly different visions from President Obama and Mitt Romney. Tavis Smiley and Cornell West, co-authors of the book The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, join Ed Schultz to discuss poverty in America [...]

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New Laws Could Keep Many From Voting

CNN’s Carol Costello speaks with Tavis Smiley and Cornell West on the strict new ID rules that could keep many from polls.

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Cornel West issues a Poverty Manifesto

Read the original article here by Linda Matchan at the Boston Globe!   WHO Cornel West WHAT The educator, activist, and and former Harvard professor is touring the country with broadcaster Tavis Smiley to stir up interest in their new “poverty manifesto” called “The Rich and the Rest of Us.” ‘We are trying to shatter [...]

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Carson Daly and Tavis Smiley!

Check out a clip from Tavis’ hip conversation with Carson Daly on his very late-night talk show “Last Call with Carson Daly.”

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Tavis and Cornel on Morning Joe – Monday 4/30

Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornel West join Morning Joe to discuss their new book “The Rich and the Rest of Us,” what they learned from their so-called “Poverty Tour” around the U.S., and why they believe the politicians haven’t made the country’s poor a priority. Watch on the original site.

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Tavis Smiley battles O’Reilly on media and race

Watch the full video here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1620263928001/tavis-smiley-battles-oreilly-on-media-and-race May 3, 2012 – 5:08 – A race attack in Virgina provokes a controversial debate on media and race on the O’Reilly Factor.

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Tavis Smiley Says Fight Poverty With Living-Wage Jobs

Read the whole article here: http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2012051803/tavis-smiley-fight-poverty-living-wage-jobs   As the political establishment prepares to do battle Friday over what is likely to be another mediocre jobs report, talk-show host Tavis Smiley this afternoon called for a living-wage jobs program as part of an all-out offensive against poverty in America. “What we need is a program for [...]

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