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Conservatives Launch Anti-Poverty Initiative, Hear from Effective Community Activists

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Washington, Sep 13, 2012 | comments
With poverty at historic highs after nearly fifty years of the federal government’s “War on Poverty,” members of the Republican Study Committee officially launched a new Anti-Poverty Initiative today in a summit with community and grassroots leaders brought together from across the country by Bob Woodson and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.

Reps. Tim Scott, Jim Jordan, Joe Pitts, and Steve Southerland listening to a speaker.

The members of Congress and staff working through this Initiative, led by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL), Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Allen West (R-FL), and RSC Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), seek to engage with and learn from the successes and experiences of real-world problem solvers who effectively fight poverty through the promise of free enterprise and the power of strong relationships.

"Despite spending nearly $20 trillion dollars over 48 years to wage the War on Poverty, more Americans are poor than at any point in history,” said Rep. Southerland. “This abysmal record is the result of a costly and outdated Washington agenda that deters self-sufficiency and erodes bonds to faith and family.  This is why we’re pleased to collaborate with community leaders who understand America’s poverty challenges best, empowering those in need to chart a fresh course beyond the limitations of the past."

Community leaders in attendance traveled from as close as Washington, DC and as far as San Antonio, TX to share their stories of running private organizations devoted to helping people overcome drug addiction, homelessness, poor education, criminal histories, violence, a lack of role models, and other aspects of poverty.Some of the participants included:

Bob Woodson, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
Paul Pryde, Capital Access LLC
Tim Tillapaugh, Street School Network
Maureen Archibald, Harvest of Hope Family Services Network Inc
Bishop Shirley Holloway, House of Help/ City of Hope
Pastor Ronnie “Rsen” Ortiz, Richmond Outreach Center
Pastor Jubal Garcia, Outcry in the Barrio

Bob Woodson speaking during the summit.

A press conference was held outside the U.S. Capitol at the conclusion of the summit. A video of the press conference is available

Rep. Steve Southerland speaking at today’s press conference.
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