Today’s Other America: Living in Poverty
  In the 50 years since Michael Harrington’s The Other America awakened the nation to the truth and consequences of grinding poverty, no American problem has been more intractable.

Now, ten Presidents, 25 Congresses and billions of dollars later, even more Americans – including one in five children – are living in poverty. More than 40 percent of working class Americans are just one paycheck from poverty and the new lower, middle class is more vulnerable than ever before.

Atlanta is no exception. While the city successfully turned some of its housing projects into appealing mixed-income residential developments, its overall attack on poverty has faltered. In 2009, the city was forced to return $24 million federal anti-poverty funds it failed to spend. What can Atlanta teach and what can it learn in the national dialogue on poverty? What’s working, what’s not and what needs to be done to achieve economic and social equity in America.

  Wednesday, April 18, 2012 
7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Rialto Center for the Arts
80 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, GA 30303



  Poppy Harlow

Poppy Harlow is the anchor for, serving as the primary host for the site’s video network. She is also a business correspondent for CNN, CNN International and HLN.

Harlow’s work includes a wide range of stories related to business and economic news and how those events affect policy and impact people around the world. She interviews prominent business leaders, policymakers, small business owners and consumers on a wide range of topics encompassing the world of economics and finance. She also reports from the field on breaking news, features and investigative stories.

Over the past several months, Harlow’s reporting has addressed the issues and challenges facing middle class Americans and the working poor as part of’s, ‘The New American Dream’ and ‘America’s jobs crisis’ series.

  Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Executive Chairman, CityView

Henry Cisneros is the Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1992 – 1997). He is credited with developing strategies to reduce homelessness and composing policies which contributed to achieving the nation's highest ever homeownership rate. In 1994, Secretary Cisneros spearheaded the progression of the Clinton Administration Empowerment Zone initiatives, working in more than 200 cities across the U.S.

Cisneros’ community-building career began in San Antonio, Texas, when in 1981, he became the first Hispanic-American mayor of that city. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements.

Now, as the Executive Chairman of CityView companies, Cisneros works with urban homebuilders to create homes priced within the range of average families. CityView is a partner in building more than 60 communities in 13 states, including Georgia.

  Donna Beegle, EdD, President and Founder, Communication Across Barriers

Donna Beegle, EdD., is the President of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm devoted to improving communication and relationships across poverty, race, gender and generational barriers. For more than two decades, Beegle, a widely sought after poverty expert, has traveled the country educating people on how to understand, communicate and interact effectively with poor communities.

Her work is informed by her own personal experience living in “The Other America.” At 26, Beegle a single mother of two on welfare started her journey to break the cycle of generational poverty in her family. She eventually went on to earn her G.E.D and five degrees, including a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Portland State University in 2000.

Beegle is founder of PovertyBridge, an organization which designs opportunities to help move people out of poverty, the author of “See Poverty, Be the Difference” and her work will be featured in an upcoming documentary, “Invisible Nation,” on PBS.

  Robert Woodson, President and Founder, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Robert L. Woodson, Sr. is the President and Founder of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE). The conservative social activist has spent the past 40 years helping families become self-sufficient.

At CNE Woodson uses a strength building model to help establish civil order in some of America’s toughest neighborhoods. This direct action approach encourages self-empowerment and resilience in an effort to train up leaders who can manage their own community developments. The Center has provided training and capacity-building technical assistance to more than 2600 leaders of community-based groups in 39 states.

Since 1981, his youth violence reduction program, “Violence-Free Zone,” has effectively reduced crime in some of the nation’s most troubled schools, with sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Milwaukee, and Richmond, VA.

  Michael Rich, Director, Office of University-Community Partnerships and Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies, Emory University

Michael Rich is Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies and founding director of the Office of University-Community Partnerships at Emory University.

Rich is the author of “Federal Policymaking and the Poor,” and several publications on federalism and a variety of urban public policy topics, including community development, housing and homelessness, crime, and economic development. His current research focuses on community building, neighborhood revitalization strategies, gentrification, and local poverty reduction strategies.

He received recognition recently from Fast Company Magazine as “one of 51 bold and brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future,” for his role in founding Emory University’s Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program.

  Renee Glover, CEO, Atlanta Housing Authority

Renee Glover is the CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority. Holding the post since September 1994, Glover is nationally recognized for her role in transforming U.S. urban policy.

Using a strategic approach, in the late 1990s, Glover championed the idea of tearing down Atlanta’s public housing and introducing mixed-income communities. The mixed- income model addresses the needs of housing, public schools, transit access and employment. It is now used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a blueprint for redevelopment in cities across the U.S.

Glover is the recipient of numerous awards over the years. She was recently selected as a 2012 officer for Habitat for Humanity International.

  Panelists subject to change.  

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