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$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America—A Conversation with Authors Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer

  • Georgetown Law Center 120 F St NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

On behalf of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, you are invited to attend a national poverty event in Washington, DC on September 9th. The event will focus on a new book on extreme poverty in the United States that will come out on September 1, 2015. Here is a description of the book:
In their book, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer provide a detailed account of families who are surviving on virtually no cash income. Despite their best efforts to find work, these families have been left out of today’s labor market and the cash safety net that might have cushioned their fall two decades ago now is almost non-existent. The book provides a powerful exposé of these families’ struggles to meet their basic needs, keep their children safe and find ways to reverse a downward spiral. In addition to telling the stories of these families, the authors offer new ideas to lift up the $2.00-a-day poor.  
We will begin with an informal "Meet the Authors" breakfast with Professors Edin and Shaefer and remarks by Senator Sherrod Brown, after which the authors will make a formal presentation about the book. (Copies of the book will be available for sale.)
Following the presentation by Edin and Shaefer, we will have remarks from Cecilia Munoz (White House Domestic Policy Council) and then a discussion by a panel of national and international poverty experts, including Wade Henderson (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), and Aparna Mathur (AEI).
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