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ADVISORY: Peter Edelman Joins CAP to Discuss Income-Level Disparity in America
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ADVISORY: Peter Edelman Joins CAP to Discuss Income-Level Disparity in America

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, June 11, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion on our nation’s income-level disparity, which is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. In 2010 the average salary for CEOs on the S&P 500 was more than $1 million—climbing to more than $11 million when all forms of compensation are accounted for—while the current median household income for African Americans is just more than $32,000.

Moderated by National Public Radio Correspondent Linda Wertheimer, the event will feature CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey and Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate. In his provocative new book, So Rich, So Poor, Edelman offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. The book delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.


Peter Edelman, Author, So Rich, So Poor; Chair, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society

Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress

Moderated by:

Linda Wertheimer, Senior National Correspondent, National Public Radio

Opening Remarks:

LaShawn Warren, Vice President of Policy Development and Programming, American Constitution Society


June 11, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Coffee will be served at 10:00 a.m.


Center for American Progress

1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor

Washington, DC 20005


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For additional information, please contact Katie Peters at 202.741.6285 or [email protected].


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