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BROADCASTER TAVIS SMILEY MODERATES “MADE VISIBLE”—A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN POVERTY
LIVE from New York City, Smiley and an All-Woman Panel Discuss the Latest on Women and Children in Poverty
LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2012) – Poverty in America officially has a new face: women. More than half of the 46.2 million Americans living in poverty are women, and 29 percent of adult women are more likely to be poor than adult men. From 2009 to 2010, more than 1 million additional children also fell into poverty, and the numbers continue to rise.
This month, broadcaster Tavis Smiley will convene a diverse all-woman panel of thought leaders, opinion makers, and influencers to examine the growing numbers of women and children falling into poverty.
The nationally televised discussion, “Made Visible: Women, Children & Poverty in America,” will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, NY. The event, sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers and NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and advance registration is required at www.tavistalks.com/
“To be fully human, we cannot allow mothers and children to live in poverty amidst the backdrop of America’s corporate prosperity,”
During the LIVE television taping, panelists will discuss the financial, social, and economic disparities women face, and how solutions to these issues must be a public policy priority during this election season. Additionally, the panelists will make recommendations for national action to move women and children out of poverty.
"Poverty is not destiny. But it is a fact and we must honestly address it," said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. "We know that poverty has a tremendous impact on a child's ability to learn and grow in the classroom.”
Invited and confirmed panelists include: Nely Galán, founder, The Adelante Movement; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist and president, Bennett College; Suze Orman, America’s leading authority on personal finance; Susan Sarandon, Award-winning actress and human rights activist; Hilda Solis, 25th United States Secretary of Labor; Cecelia FireThunder, former president, Oglala Sioux Tribe; Faye Wattleton, former national president of Planned Parenthood; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and co-author of Half the Sky with New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristoff.
C-SPAN will be taping the conversation which will also broadcast for three nights on Tavis Smiley on PBS beginning Wednesday, March 28 through Friday, March 30. Additionally, the dialogue will continue during The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI).
“What will it take for America to put her women and children first?” asks Smiley. “The future of our democracy, in part, depends on how seriously we take this challenge.”
ABOUT TAVIS SMILEY PRESENTS
Tavis Smiley Presents is an event production company dedicated to bringing thought-provoking discussions, engaging town hall meetings, and consumer expos to communities across the country. During the last ten years, its programs have reached more than 500,000 conference attendees and attracted millions of television viewers nationwide.
Tavis Smiley is the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, a weeknight talk show; and The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI, a weekly news and opinion program featuring provocative commentary and exclusive interviews. Smiley is also co-host of Smiley & West, a weekly current-affairs and political program featuring one of America’s favorite public intellectuals, Cornel West.
ABOUT AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.
ABOUT NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance.
ABOUT JOEY V. PRICE, MS, PHR
Joey V. Price is the founder of HR Services and Consulting Firm Jumpstart:HR. His HR and Career Management expertise has been featured in publications such as TheLadders.com, CNN.com, Workforce Management Magazine, CareerBuilder.com, BlackEnterprise.com and more. Joey is also the author of the high charting career management book entitled "Never Miss the Mark." It can be found on Amazon Kindle, Apple iTunes, Barnes and Nobles Nook and Sony Reader.
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