Half in Ten Annual Report 2013
October 29, 2013, 9:30am ET - 11:15am ET
About This Event
50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King led a March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A few months later, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in America. Fifty years after these landmark stepping stones for economic opportunity, how are we faring on efforts to cut poverty and provide greater opportunities for all? As we reflect on these critical anniversaries, what are the lessons we can take from the past 5 decades and how can they inform our efforts moving forward, particularly with fierce budget battles underway with high stakes for low-income families?
On October 29, the Half in Ten campaign will release its third annual report that answers these questions, tracking the nation's and each state’s progress toward cutting poverty in half over the next decade through indicators relating to good jobs, strong families, and economic security and opportunity. The report also outlines a pathway forward, recommending a set of policy priorities to bring more families into the middle-class. Our keynote speakers and panelists will tell the stories behind the numbers, explain our progress and shortfalls in the past 50 years, and discuss what we need to do to move the needle forward in cutting poverty in half.
Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund
Stories behind the statistics:
Chelsey Hagy, Our American Story contributor
Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
Melissa Boteach, Director of Half in Ten, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Presentation of report findings:
Erik Stegman, Manager, Half in Ten, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Representative Barbara Lee, D-CA
Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs
Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund
A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.
Center for American Progress Action Fund
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