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Take Back the Land-Madison, Operation Welcome Home: Tavis Smiley and Cornel West to reveal Madison's poverty crisis with Take Back the Land members


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WHAT: Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West will be in Madison August 6 on their 18-city tour. The national tour raises awareness to people facing poverty and aims to put pressure on politicians. .

Take Back the Land-Madison (TBL-M) will be interviewed for their efforts to elevate housing to the level of a human right.

“ We'll be discussing homelessness and other crisis Madisonians in poverty face everyday, on a national stage. Our side of the story is often left untold,” said Kimayana Johnson, an Organizer with Take Back the Land-Madison.

Robert McGee, Organizer with TBL-M added, “We address poverty by pushing for housing to be a human right. This summer, we are getting closer to passage of a Housing is a Human Right Resolution, while working on maximizing on existing resources to alleviate homelessness, .”

The unprecedented tour kicks off in Wisconsin on Saturday, Aug. 6 on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation near Hayward where Smiley, and West, an academic professor at Princeton University, will listen to the stories of everyday, working class people struggling to survive. The tour will wrap up in Memphis, TN. on Saturday, Aug. 12.

WHEN: Saturday, August 6 at 4:00-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 6303-6304 Hammersley Rd., Madison, WI 53711

More information: tblmadison.wordpress.com and http://www.povertytour.smileyandwest.com

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