Lifting People Out of Poverty

by admin on November 1, 2013 · 1 comment

29 October 2013 - Washington, DC - Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez delivers the keynote at the Half in Ten Anti-Poverty Launch at the Center for American Progress. Secretary Perez was introduced by Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Secretary Perez is seen here with Chelsey Hagy and Wade Henderson.

On October 29, Secretary Perez delivered the keynote address at an event announcing the release of a new poverty report by Half in Ten, a partnership between the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Coalition on Human Needs.

The Secretary cited the nation’s historic commitment to lifting people out of poverty through smart government investments, and he called on renewed leadership to meet the considerable poverty challenge that persists. He also referred throughout his speech to Chelsey Hagy, a Virginia woman who spoke at the event about her successful struggle — thanks to Medicaid and other forms of government assistance — to make the climb from poverty to full-time employment and homeownership.

Watch the Secretary’s remarks here:

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1 Alan Sheinwald November 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

Worldwide poverty will not end, but efforts to alleviate it will stall. The reason why is the greed of many at the top. It is in their self-interest to keep labor costs down, so if that means keeping people in shanties, they are OK with that. Poverty may be declining worldwide, but on the contrary, it is rising in America.

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