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The poor are still with us

Peter Edelman, policy advocate

Peter Edelman has worked in public policy for almost 50 years, specializing in issues related to poverty and welfare. In 1996, he resigned from his post in the Clinton administration to protest its support for welfare reform, a reform he believed would demolish the nation’s safety net for the lowest-income women and children in poverty. In 2012, he published So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. He is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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