At 6:30 p.m. on October 2nd at the Wild Fig Bookstore, Dr. Melynda Price, UK College of Law, will lead us in a discussion about The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto co-authored by Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley (http://www.therichandtherestofus.com/). This book discussion is part of the CKCPJ Voices Series 2014 "Let's Make the Minimum Wage a Living Wage."
The Rich and the Rest of Us seeks to inspire all of us to bring poverty in America to an end. One out of every two people living in the U.S. are now classified as poor, new poor or near poor. As the middle class disappears and the safety net is shredded, Smiley and West ask us to confront our fear and complacency with 12 poverty changing ideas. These ideas rest on a foundation of "fundamental fairness" that could change what we see when we hear various solutions for income inequality.
The discussion is to allow for those who heard Dr. West during the LexEnd Poverty event on September 27th to continue the conversation. Key faculty and their students at UK, Transylvania and BCTC have been invited to attend, as well as all the CKCPJ members and affiliate organizations.
Here are some questions to consider during the discussion with Dr. Price:
- Why is “A Poverty Manifesto” the subtitle of the book?
- What do you think are some of the biggest myths about poverty in the U.S.?
- How or when does race matter when we're discussing issues of poverty?
- What are your own top 2 poverty-changing ideas from the list of 12 presented in the book?
- How might a “fundamental fairness” lobby in Washington D.C. change the face of poverty in the U.S.?
- What is the most practical next step you as a concerned citizen could take regarding the issue of poverty?