Talk Poverty — Why Don’t Progressives Talk Poverty? (07/23/15)

In brief: I got the chance to chat briefly with the ladies from Talk Poverty on radio row at Netroots Nation about why, a couple days into the biggest progressive conference in the country, none of us had heard much about poverty.

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Enhanced audio: Talk Poverty 07/23/15 — Why Don’t Progressives Talk Poverty?


I sat with the Talk Poverty hosts for a few minutes at Netroots Nation last month to discuss my just published Rolling Stone piece about food assistance and how food/economic justice seemed largely absent from a conference where the conditions of 45 million poor Americans should be at the forefront.

There is no simple or short answer beyond the compartmentalization of “the left” and how much privilege pervades any space with organizers and journalists colliding with the complicated nature of an epidemic that tacitly approves of between 9-15% of the population at any given time being hungry or on the verge of it. What can we do? Listen to find out. (Spoiler: we have to talk about it.)

Links to on-air references:

My Rolling Stone piece: “Republicans Are Trying to Take Food Out of My Mouth”

Netroots Nation info

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