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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!

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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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