Tomorrow we'll be taking a close look at poverty figures released this week by the Census Bureau, which show that nearly one in six Americans are living in poverty. We'll examine the poverty crisis through the lens of education by talking about the teachers' strike in Chicago. We'll also discuss representations of poverty in our culture and in our politics, and we'll highlight a stunning new report which shows that poverty has been essentially ignored by the media covering presidential campaign.
Sam Seder, host of The Majority Report, will be filling in for Chris Hayes. Joining Sam at 8am ET on MSNBC are:
Tanya Wells, (@vidawells) who, along with her husband, lost her job in 2008 and has gone back to school to try to get back on her feet. Tanya's family now survives in large part with the help of student loans, Medicaid, and food stamps.
Steven Gates, program director, Youth Advocacy Programs-Illinois and resident of the Roseland area of Chicago.
Melissa Boteach, director of the "Half in Ten" campaign at the Center for American Progress, a campaign to cut poverty by half in 10 years.
John Reel, assistant to the director at Senior Service America, Inc.
Gary Younge, (@garyyounge) Guardian columnist & feature writer, columnist for The Nation, Chicago resident and parent who has been covering the Chicago teachers strike for the Guardian.
Matt Farmer, (@mifarmer) Chicago lawyer and parent, member of his local school council at Philip Rogers Elementary School, contributor to the Huffington Post.
Stephen Pimpare, (@stephenpimpare) associate professor at Columbia University School of Social Work, author of "A People's History of Poverty in America."
Elise DeBroad, teacher at International Community High School in Bronx, NY.