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Cornel West, Tavis Smiley Hosting “Poverty Tour 2.0,” Town Hall Slated For Delaware State University


(AllHipHop News) Educator/rapper Dr. Cornel West and veteran TV broadcaster Tavis Smiley, co-hosts of the syndicated “Smiley & West” radio show, will launch “The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience” this month.

The mini-tour will hit six different states, with a town hall event being held at Delaware State University, which will tackle the issues surrounding both President Barack Obama and hopeful Mitt Romney, in the upcoming elections in November.

Additionally the pair are preparing to talk about the upcoming statistics being prepared by the Census Bureau, which will announce that America’s poverty rate is the worst it has ever been in 50 years.

“These new Census numbers will underscore what we’ve been saying for a long time — poverty is the new American norm,” said Tavis Smiley. “The time is now to force poverty on the agenda; our leaders can’t simply continue to be quiet on this issue.”

The “Poverty Tour 2.0” will hit key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Florida and each stop will be broadcast live via UStream and on the Pacifica Network and Native Voice One.

Confirmed guests appearing on the tour include Peter Edelman, former member of the Clinton administration, and co-founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers; Ralph Nader, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH); and Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president.

“We’re putting the spotlight on our precious fellow citizens who don’t have access to a decent job, decent housing, and decent healthcare,” added Dr. Cornel West. “We want to hear solutions that can be duplicated and adapted in communities across the country.”

Check out the tour schedule below:

10am-1pm, Wednesday, September 12, Westfield Insurance Studio Theater at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH;

5-7pm, Wednesday, September 12, Cuyahoga Community College, Highland Hills, OH;

10am-1pm, Thursday, September 13, T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA;

8-10pm, September 13, Delaware State University, Dover, DE;

10am-1pm, Friday, September 14, Tenth Memorial Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA

12-3pm, Saturday, September 15, Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School, West Palm Beach, FL

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  • Freedom Scott King

    As a nation, we need to microscopically analyze and articulate these upcoming statistics being prepared by the Census Bureau, which will announce that America’s poverty rate is the worst it has ever been in 50 years. If these numbers are as bad as we think it should wake alot people up to income inequality, because $7.4 out of every $10 goes straight to the top 10% of household income earners (multi millionaires and billionaires) while the bottom 90% (at least 250 million americans) have to share $2.6 out of every $10. The U.S. is in the same league as thailand when it comes to income equality. Reporters should pound Mitts Romneys top off for an explination on how he plans to specifically help so many americans struggling to make ends meat.

    • learn a skill and apply yourself #problemsolved 😉 side note for every person that is down to do something about it … there are 5 more just standing there looking for a handout … i doubt if you will ever solve poverty … but hey never say never … but i speak to alot of these homeless folks out here and them dudes is lost … and imo speaking about poverty @ colleges is a waist of time .. them folks are already on the right track … most of the folks that will fall victim to proverty arent enrolled @ college ……..

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  • TALK_BOSS

    I wonder what Al Sharpton thinks….

  • BTV Global, LLC

    they should call this THE BLACK FACE TOUR, because these clowns talking all this shit now that President Obama is in office but wasn’t doing nothing when BUSH was in office. Mad because they haven’t got invited to the white house. ..smh. Like really, you haven’t done nothing to get invited so why yall mad son? haha