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Understanding Half a Century of Poverty in America


The Center’s Senior Fellow, Jared Bernstein, has just written a blog post about a national conference on U.S. poverty in the 21st Century hosted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Demos, the American Prospect, and the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10.  Here’s an excerpt:

Tomorrow, my colleagues at CBPP, Robert Greenstein and LaDonna Pavetti, will join panelists from across the political spectrum to discuss the efforts we have taken over the past fifty years to reduce poverty, what we need to do to further hammer away at it, and what the face of poverty looks like in the 21st Century.

And you can watch the webcast, beginning at 9AM tomorrow here!

These days, too much of what passes for poverty policy are discussions of which safety net programs to cut.  Well, fifty years after The Other America, it makes sense to step back and reflect on how far we’ve come, how effective our efforts have been, and how much further we have to go.

The full list of panelists and participants for the conference is posted here.