Poverty Forum hopes to shape White House goals

A bipartisan group of Christian leaders
A bipartisan group of 18 Christian leaders has developed a host of policy recommendations on poverty reduction that they hope will shape the actions of the Obama administration and Congress.

The Poverty Forum, cochaired by evangelical activist Jim Wallis and Michael Gerson, who was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is led by what Gerson called an “orgy of strange bedfellows” who want to make sure that the poor are not overlooked in the economic downturn.

“This is middle-level policies, manageable policies that really are substantial but are doable that could be adopted by the administration, by Congress and . . . could make a real difference for poor people,” Wallis said. “This whole effort reflects the hope that overcoming poverty in this nation could, should, must become a bipartisan issue and a nonpartisan cause.”


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