Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Roots of Poverty in the 21st Century

Women’s Rights Organizations, Civil Rights Groups, and Think Tank Say Intersections of Race, Ethnicity and Gender Often Overlooked

As Congress considers solutions to reducing poverty in the United States, policymakers need to consider how the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and poverty—among both long-time and recent Americans—occupies an outsized place in the overall picture of poverty. A distinguished and diverse panel of speakers will review the most recent data available on the effects of poverty on women, families, and communities of color, and discuss viable solutions and policy recommendations.



·         Wade Henderson, President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

·         Jocelyn Frye, National Partnership for Women & Families



·         Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center and Task Force on Poverty for the Center for American Progress

·         Avis Jones-DeWeever, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

·         Angelo Falcon, National Institute for Latino Policy

·         Kiran Ahuja, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

·         Jacqueline Johnson, National Congress of American Indians

·         Hilary Shelton, NAACP


WHAT:           Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, National Partnership for Women & Families, and the Center for American Progress


WHERE:         215 Dirksen Senate Office Building


WHEN:           Thursday, June 7, 2007,  9:00am-11:00am (breakfast will be served)


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