On March 16, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty in America. His answer? Create large-scale national programs aimed at helping the poor and needy that consumed nearly 1.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). How much longer will our government wait before they declare war on poverty in modern day America? Must we wait on the government to mobilize, prioritize, and energize our nation? We can remake America!
The road ahead will not be easy. We must fight — are you prepared to fight? Consider these words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside…but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch, you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.”
Are you ready to repave America?
During a LIVE broadcast on C-SPAN, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and panelists will discuss solutions for restoring America’s prosperity. Panelists include: Cornel West, Princeton University professor and author; Suze Orman, America’s leading authority on personal finance; Michael Moore, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker; Barbara Ehrenreich, prolific author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Jeffrey Sachs, poverty expert and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University; Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist; and Vicki B. Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America, and Roger A. Clay, Jr., President, Insight Center for Community Economic Development.