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50 Years Later, Ask Yourself One Question…

by Mark Edwards   •  

As we reflect on 50 years of the “War on Poverty,” I want you to ask yourself one thing: “How am I working to expand opportunity?”

This is work for all of us–for every community in the United States.

In the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson, “the war against poverty will not be won here in Washington. It must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.”

All of you in the Opportunity Nation Coalition are hard at work doing just that every day. Check out some of the ways the Coalition is contributing to this important milestone:

  • Opportunity Leader Jim Scheibel, former mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, writes excellent op-ed for the MinnPost on renewing our commitment to this fight.
  • Opportunity Leader John Sharify, a reporter at KING-5 TV in Seattle, WA, will be participating in a panel tomorrow led by NBC’s Brian Williams with House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan and journalists to discuss the media’s coverage of poverty in America. Watch the event Livestream
  • Steering Committee member Andrea Levere, CFED President, writes in The Huffington Post that the #WarOnPoverty starts by making families financially fit.
  • Coalition partner Family Independence Initiative is hosting a live twitter chat #WarOnPoverty50 tomorrow at 12:00 PM EST.

We want to hear about YOUR work to #ExpandOpportunity. Let us know about the innovative ways people are changing their communities and where you think the U.S. stands on the #WarOnPoverty by connecting with us on Twitter and Facebook

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards is the founder and co-chair of Opportunity Nation. Read Mark's bio.

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