Power, Poverty & Politics Podcast Featuring Star Parker Launches Today
For immediate release: July 20, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Today, CURE Policy launched a new podcast featuring its Founder and President, Star Parker, named “Power, Poverty & Politics” on all major podcast platforms – Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, and Stitcher. Parker is a nationally syndicated columnist, author and policy leader that works to fight poverty and restore dignity through messages of faith, freedom, and personal responsibility.
Delving into the news of the day and particularly how the policies in Washington D.C. impact the country’s most distressed communities, the initial episode provides insights on the new “Poor People’s Campaign” that is targeting Members of Congress in a series of aggressive tactics over the next few weeks.
While pushing to end the filibuster, secure a federal takeover of state election procedures, and enact a $15 per hour minimum wage, the Poor People’s Campaign is focused more broadly on the Third Reconstruction agenda, which is a laundry list of proposals they claim are needed to address “the injustices of systemic racism, the denial of health care and ecological devastation, militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.”
“Concern about poverty is something we all share,” says Parker. “What bothers me is that the factors driving poverty, according to the research of CURE and others, are ignored by the Poor People’s Campaign. And the issues on which they choose to focus either have nothing to do with the reality of poverty or actually make things worse.
“This campaign wants the federal government to control our lives and our incomes, redistributing wealth in the name of ‘equity’ by establishing new social welfare programs, expanding welfare benefits, a guaranteed annual income, and a higher minimum wage.”
When Dr. Martin Luther King founded the Poor People’s Campaign in 1967, he outlined his goals for a middle ground that was non-violent with an “ultimate goal of freedom, independence, and self-determination.” This campaign, led by Rev. William Barber, calls for civil disobedience and a radical alteration of our society as indicated in H. Res. 438.