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NY Forum: race and poverty and new Administration

Media Advisory for March 11-12, 2009


Contact: Patricia Charles, 301-887-1060,

Sarah Goldberg, 301-887-1060,


Coast to coast, authors and policy leaders celebrate the opportunity for progressive leadership and change in the new Administration


Contributing authors of a leading policy handbook for the President convene to discuss top issues facing America as part of a five city tour launching in New York and Los Angeles


Washington, D.C., March 10, 2009 -- In a new handbook compiled for the President by the Institute for Policy Studies, Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond, over 70 policy leaders outline how Obama can fulfill his campaign promises of change and strengthen the nation. The Institute for Policy Studies is at the forefront of the progressive movement and the book's authors are convening to celebrate this opportunity for progress, starting in New York and Los Angeles.


The New York and Los Angeles forums are part of a book tour in five major cities including Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago. The events require pre-registration and open to the public. See below for details.


In Los Angeles, March 11, 2009, 7:30pm to 9:30pm PT discussion will take place at the Four Friends Gallery located at 1408 East Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks, CA. Authors John Cavanagh and Sarah Anderson, both key liaisons on the 77-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, will address the economic stimulus' and the concentration of extreme wealth, cutting the military budget, and non-military solutions in Afghanistan. To register, click here.


In New York, March 12, 2009, 12:00pm EST the forum will take place at Demos located at 220 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY. Speakers include Chester Hartman, Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor of The Nation, and Miles Rapoport, President of Demos. To register for this event, contact Jinny Khanduja at (212)389-1399 or or click here.


Please contact Patricia Charles or Sarah Goldberg at (301) 887-1060 or by email at or


For more information about the book, including a full listing of chapters and authors, visit




Institute for Policy Studies ( strengthens social movements with independent research, visionary thinking, and links to the grassroots, scholars and elected officials. Since 1963 it has empowered people to build healthy and democratic societies in communities, the United States, and the world.


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