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  • Dignitaries Gather for 50th Anniversary of Assassination of Robert Kennedy
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    Robert F. Kennedy Assassination 50th Anniversary

    Not long after midnight on June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) was shot and mortally wounded in the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel. He had just delivered a victory speech after winning…

  • 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign Organizers
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    1968 Poor People's Campaign Organizers

    Peter Edelman, former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy, and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee founding member Bernard Lafayette spoke at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of…

  • 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign
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    1968 Poor People's Campaign

    The National Museum of African American History & Culture opened an exhibit looking at the 1968 “Poor People’s Campaign,” which Martin Luther King Jr. organized to shift the focus of the civil…

  • After Words with Peter Edelman
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    After Words with Peter Edelman

    Professor Peter Edelman talked about his book Not a Crime to Be Poor, in which he argues that courts are exploiting the poor by charging excessive fines and fees for minor crimes. He was…

  • Senate Democratic Steering Committee Forum on Supreme Court Nomination Process
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    Supreme Court Nomination Process

    Constitutional law scholars spoke at a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee forum on Republican efforts to postpone a vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after the 2016 presidential…

  • emSo Rich So Poorem
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    So Rich, So Poor

    Peter Edelman talked about why the U.S. economy produces great wealth and great poverty at the same time and offered suggestions on how to improve the condition of the tens of millions of…

  • Federal Welfare Rules
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    Federal Welfare Rules

    Peter Edelman talked about his view on the Obama administration changes to the 1996 welfare reform law, and reaction from conservatives. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic…

  • Federal Programs and Poverty
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    Federal Programs and Poverty

    Douglas Besharov and Peter Edelman talked about federal poverty programs, their cost, and their efficacy in reducing poverty. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.…

  • Roberts Confirmation Hearing Day 4 Part 6
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    Roberts Confirmation Hearing, Day 4 Part 6

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on the appointment of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated after the death of Chief Justice William…

  • Welfare Reform
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    Welfare Reform

    Participants talked about Welfare and assistance for low-income families. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.