RFK Center Board Member Peter Edelman Releases New Book
Peter Edelman, Board Member of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is releasing a new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why it's So Hard to End Poverty in America, which hits bookshelves on May 29.
In So Rich, So Poor, Edelman analyzes how the United States can be so wealthy while the unemployment rate and the number of working poor steadily increases. The book goes beyond statistics to examine the ongoing crisis facing young people of color, "whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood."
See a video interview with Edelman here.
Several discussions and book signings have been scheduled in Washington, DC, throughout the month of June. Please see the schedule below and be sure to mark your calendars!
- June 9, 6:00 PM: Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW
- June 11, 10:30 AM: Center for American Progress, 1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor
- June 12, 12:00 PM: Women's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
- June 21, 6:30 PM: Busboys and Poets, 14th and V, NW
Peter Edelman is a professor of law and Faculty Director of the Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. His previous publications include Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope in 2001 and Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men in 2006.
Edelman served as a legislative assistant to Senator Robert Kennedy from 1964 to 1968 and Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980. He went on to serve in President Bill Clinton's administration, from which he famously resigned in protest after President Clinton signed the 1996 welfare reform legislation. His article "The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done" appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and received the Harry Chapin Media Award.