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The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity

Half in Ten Annual Report 2012

November 19, 2012, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

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About This Event

A stronger U.S. economy and a better long-term fiscal outlook will depend on the extent to which we invest in opportunities for everyone to access the American Dream. But as we approach a consequential lame duck session, with key decisions facing policymakers on taxes, jobs, and deficit reduction, how is America faring on key indicators of cutting poverty and expanding opportunity for all?

On November 19 the Half in Ten campaign will release its second annual report that answers this question, 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, outlining a set of policy priorities and explaining that poverty reduction can be achieved hand-in-hand with long-term deficit reduction if we make the right policy choices.

Our keynote speakers and panelists will tell the stories behind the numbers, explain what the data tell us about long-term U.S. economic growth and competitiveness, and discuss the findings in the context of the lame duck battles before Congress and how they could affect states and localities across the country.

View the PowerPoint presentation for the event

Welcoming remarks:
Melissa Boteach, Director of Half in Ten, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Stories behind the statistics:
Angela Sutton, Witness to Hunger

Keynote speaker:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles

Introduced by:
Neera Tanden, Counselor, Center for American Progress Action Fund; President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Presentation of report findings:
Erik Stegman, Manager, Half in Ten, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Featured panelists:
Lloyd Lamm, Regional Banking Executive, Capital Region, First National Bank of Pennsylvania
Bishop Gene Robinson, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

Moderated by:
Wade Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Call to action:
Tom Perriello, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m.


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