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
Linda Wertheimer, Senior National Correspondent, National Public Radio
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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