radio & audiotapes: Poor People's Summit, US poverty/Making

Tom Boland (
Fri, 27 Nov 1998 13:49:19 -0400
FWD  Making Contact radio shows

 November 25, 1998


         RealAudio 5.0 (29 minutes)

To order a tape ($10) or transcript ($5) call The National Radio Project
(800) 529-5736.

        December marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.  This document
guarantees, among other things, the right to food, housing and
medical care.  It also grants the right to work and fair pay.

        But here in the United States, millions of poor people go
without these basic necessities...and poverty activists are building a
movement to call on U.S. officials to recognize economic human

        On this program, we'll have a report from the first annual
Poor People's Summit held in Philadelphia.  We'll also talk with an
expert on hunger and poverty who says that food is plentiful in the
world; it's political decisions that keep it away from those who need
it most.

        * Peter Rosset, executive director of the Institute for Food
and Development Policy (Food First), says that "hunger is actually
due to human decisions and to policies that are very much
influenced by multinational corporations and the powers-that-be to
benefit their own interests."

        * And, correspondent Travis Lea speaks with poverty
activists at the first annual Poor People's Summit held in
Philadelphia in October 1998.  Footage includes Cheri Honkala, co-
founder of the Kennsington Welfare Rights Union, who calls for an
end to poverty in the United States: "We will no longer tolerate the
injustice of economic human rights violations."


(30 minutes)

Wed: 25 Nov., 1730*/Fri: 27 Nov., 1800*/Sat: 28 Nov., 1930*- TOPIC: U.S

The reality of poverty in the United States--and the possibilities for
social change--are explored in this roundtable edition of Making Contact.
Author Barbara Ehrenreich whose essays have appeared in Time, The Nation,
and The Progressive, discusses poverty in the United States with Fannie
Brown, a long time activist with ACORN, a nationwide association of
community groups.  Syndicated columnist Norman Solomon hosts.

INFO: National ACORN 1-800-327-4429; ACORN Oakland 3205 Farnam St.
Oakland, CA 94601, 510-436-5690,

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