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Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces, moderated by Tavis Smiley
Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)
The California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA

While the Los Angeles economy continues to recover, the opportunity to advance remains out of reach for many. Poverty and structural inequities continue to plague our communities and are associated with poor health and well-being. A number of studies link poverty to higher levels of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other diseases and conditions.

As the most populous county in the nation with the highest rate of poverty among California counties—exceeding that of the national average—how can Los Angeles instead become the leading example for expanding economic opportunity, prosperity, and well-being to its communities?



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  • Sue Li

    Tavis Smiley shared that "one in every two Americans are in or near poverty" (according to the US Census Bureau). What?!? That's 150 million people....Living in poverty could happen to any one of us! But conversations about poverty are not happening, especially in the media and among our political leaders.

    Even in our communities, poverty has become somewhat of a shameful and taboo issue to discuss. For example, when Community Coalition surveyed a precinct with 85% of its residents on public assistance, only 5% admitted they were poor, according to panelist Marqueece Harris-Dawson (President and CEO of Community Coalition).

    It takes courage to talk about poverty in an honest way, but until everyday people can do that, our political leaders and the 24/7 media culture we live in won't have "the will" to tell the stories that need to be told. And until we are engaged in conversation, effective solutions and mobilization cannot happen.

    To get this conversation going, the Tavis Smiley Foundation just launched "Ending Poverty"--- a four-year, $3 million initiative to identify solutions to poverty in the United States. You can find out more info and get involved at