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Published on Sep 14, 2012
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West recently launched "Poverty Tour 2.0" to elevate poverty as a pressing national issue and push a substantive conversation about it into the presidential campaign. The tour is visiting four battleground states this week, including Virginia, where it arrived yesterday at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, just outside of the nation's capital.
The Nation's Greg Kaufmann attended the event—a town hall meeting that included not only Smiley and Dr. West, but inspiring interviews with iconic figures like Peter Edelman, Dolores Huerta, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, and other passionate antipoverty advocates and thinkers.
Watch the full video to hear from some of the high school students in attendance about their own experiences dealing with poverty, and visit TheNation.com for more videos.