Foundation Friday: Challenging Politicians About the Poor

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She can’t make it to Washington but would be interested in reports from anyone who can. 

You’re Invited

Media and Policy Briefing

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: Foundations Ask Presidential Candidates What
They’ll Do For America
WHEN: OCT. 30, 2007, NOON TO 2 P.M.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a major foundation initiative to push the
issues of poverty and opportunity in America center stage during the 2008
presidential campaign and into the next Congress, will be launched Oct. 30, 2007,
noon to 2 p.m. at the National Press Club.

The launch event will include:

-Release of the Spotlight on Poverty website including filmed responses of several
presidential candidates answering questions on poverty in America. The website will
provide daily news updates, opinion, research, and census data.
-Release of a definitive poll on Americans’ evolving attitudes toward poverty and
hunger, accompanied by a report on how candidates should respond.
-A discussion moderated by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne with:
        -Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.
        -Jack Kemp, co-founder of Empower America and former presidential candidate and
secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
        -U.S. Rep. James McGovern, co-chair of the Congressional Hunger Center and key
sponsor of the bi-partisan Food Stamp Challenge.
        -Jim McLaughlin, founder of McLaughlin and Associates and nationally recognized
public opinion expert and political consultant.

A display room featuring the work of national policy and research organizations to
address poverty in America.
Other speakers include David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and the
Alliance to End Hunger; John Bridgeland, president and CEO of Civic Enterprises and
former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Thomas Freedman, founder
and president of Freedman Consulting and senior advisor to President Clinton;
Douglas W. Nelson, president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Andrea Silbert,
president of the Eos Foundation.


Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is an initiative of the Annie E. Casey
Foundation, Eos Foundation,
and other major national foundations.


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One Response to “Foundation Friday: Challenging Politicians About the Poor”

  1. Colleen Says:

    POVERTY IN AMERICA: Beyond the Numbers

    To call attention to the needs of Americans trapped in poverty this holiday season, Catholic Charities USA will release findings of its annual survey showing how Catholic Charities agencies are working to address the pervasive issue of poverty in this country.

    As one of the largest social service networks in the country, Catholic Charities agencies serve 4.1 million people living below the poverty line. That’s 1 in 10 people living in poverty. These agencies understand the consequences of poverty first-hand, and also know the solutions for helping individuals get on a path to self-sufficiency.

    Please join us as we address the challenges facing those in poverty and the opportunities for reducing poverty in America by half by 2020.

    Ø Gain a greater understanding of what’s behind the survey numbers
    Ø Learn about successful evidence-based case studies for addressing poverty
    Ø Take a state-by-state look at how and where Catholic Charities agencies are serving the greatest numbers of individuals in need of healthcare, food, employment, and housing services, as well as the many social services that build stronger families and communities
    Ø Trace the trends in the needs of Catholic Charities’ clients since 2002
    Ø Hear more about Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America, an ambitious plan to cut poverty by half by 2020
    Ø Find out about the 3Ps for Reducing Poverty—the way you can ensure that presidential candidates focus on this issue during the primary season and beyond

    When: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2007

    Where: Hall of the States
    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Room 383/385
    Washington, D.C.

    RSVP: Monica Maggiano, Catholic Charities USA

    Contact: Shelley Borysiewicz, Catholic Charities USA

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