During my exclusive broadcast conversation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren tonight on PBS, she states, "We can't be a country that invests in big banks and won't invest in our students who want an education. Let's not call it postmortem just yet; let's call it we're still in the middle of the fight."
In a sneak preview of our conversation, I ask my guests if this story could end up as another glorified Hollywood film about another black child being saved by white people. You're going to want to watch their fascinating answer.
The same way Irish heritage defines Irish Americans or Italians their experience, we as Latinos, Hispanics, Chicanos or whatever we choose to call ourselves, share a cultural heritage that unites us culturally in a meaningful way.
When is the last time you saw a stage full of Latino thought-leaders, opinion-makers and influencers who were being asked by the mainstream media about their views on something other than immigration reform?
The link that Smiley draws between education, or lack thereof, and poverty is undeniable. The underlying question that Smiley's work raises: How can school reform be addressed in any meaningful way without addressing poverty?
We can start with gun control legislation. President Obama is in his second term and now is in a position to take action. Public opinion is on his side. Let's put pressure on our legislators to make sure this happens.
Now is the time to encourage the president to put poor people first. He can do that by delivering a major policy speech on eradicating poverty in America, and then convene this conference and push poverty to the top of his second term agenda.