The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was pleased to support Tavis Smiley’s “Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity” event and panel discussion on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This important convening of thought leaders and advocates looked at how to combat poverty and help restore prosperity in America. The event connects with our Family Economic Security mission, which looks to support vulnerable children and families and help create pathways out of poverty.
At the event, which was broadcast live on C-SPAN, poverty experts shared solutions for helping the “new poor” brought on by the recession, examined safety-net programs and U.S. policies around poverty and discussed a new paper from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Tavis Smiley moderated the panel, which featured Roger A. Clay, Jr., president of WKKF grantee the Insight Center for Community Economic Development; Princeton University professor Cornel West; Suze Orman, a leading authority on personal finance; Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore; Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist; and Vicki B. Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America.
Starting on Monday, Jan. 16, “Remaking America” will rebroadcast for three nights on Tavis Smiley on PBS and Smiley’s Public Radio International shows.
For more information on the event, check out the event hashtag #RemakingAmerica and our poverty and family economy security hashtag #securefamilies on Twitter, and follow @WK_Kellogg_Fdn and @TavisSmiley to keep track of the conversation.