Economic inequality is crippling the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 15 percent of Americans (46 million people) are living under the poverty line. African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected, but millions of white Americans are also struggling to survive in a system where economic opportunity is reserved for the top one percent.
The Tavis Smiley Foundation's new four-year initiative Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces is partnering with the national anti-poverty organization RESULTS to discuss the state of poverty as the country moves toward mid-term elections, and what actions the public can take to help address poverty, including influencing public policy in local communities through their vote.
The Barack Community Recreation Center at 580 E. Woodrow Avenue is hosting a live Virtual Town Hall with Tavis Smiley and RESULTS on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
- Broadcaster, author, and advocate Tavis Smiley will discuss the importance of individual and collective action, as well as accountability, in the movement to end poverty in America.
- RESULTS Executive Director Dr. Joanne Carter will will discuss efforts to empower people to become voices for the end of poverty in their communities, with the media, and in the halls of government.
- Author and RESULTS board member Marianne Williamson will talk about how poverty is shaping up as a central issue for both political parties ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
- Witnesses to Hunger advisory board co-chair Angela Sutton will provide a first-hand perspective about why it's so critical to protect investments in low-income families during the upcoming mid-year elections.
If you can't join the event at the Barack Community Center and want to join the conversation at another location with high-speed internet, you can register here for the webcast, which begins at 8 p.m.