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by Jenée Desmond-Harris, Originally posted on January 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM
(The Root) — When we (The Root), spoke to Tavis Smiley back in September, right in the midst of widespread hand-wringing about his and Cornel West’s election-season criticism of President Obama’s treatment of the issue of poverty, he made a promise: Regardless of which candidate won the election, Smiley said, he’d challenge the nation’s new leader to make a White House Conference on the Eradication of Poverty in America not just on high on his second-term agenda, but the very first item on his January, 21, 2013 agenda.
Four months later, Smiley is doing just that. He’s planning Washington, D.C. event designed to encouraging the president to give a major policy address on poverty, and then to hold the long-awaited conference on the issue, bringing together conservative and liberal experts to create a national plan to cut poverty in half in ten years and eradicate it in 25.
“During the campaign, poverty was written about everywhere but the candidates gave lip service to it at best,” Smiley told The Root. “So here we are, just days before inauguration, airing the issue again.”
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