Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) has been invited to speak at the 9th Annual Black Policy Conference of the Harvard Kennedy School. The title of the event is “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Defining the Challenge & Directing the Future” which will be held on April 5-6, 2013 at the Harvard University, 79 John F. Kennedy Street (Harvard Square) Cambridge, MA.

The Black Policy Conference seeks to address the pertinent policy issues affecting the Black communities in the United States and explore best practices and possible solutions from the nation’s leadings experts on these matters.  Senator Tavares will serve on a panel with national and local legislators titled, Women in Politics Tackling Poverty.  “I am looking forward to joining the country’s leading experts, academicians, policy-makers and students at this historic institution to identify the critical issues and more importantly the solutions to address them in our African American communities,” stated Tavares. In addition, conference presenters will discuss and analyze the possibilities that exist within the political framework that allow for issue advocacy and implementation regarding issues that affect the poor and middle class.

Senator Tavares will be discussing issues that she has been working on that impact poor and working class residents, such as Re-entry Programs, Medicaid, and focusing on the needs of children in order to stem poverty and provide family stability. Additionally, she will discuss her experience in politics as a black female and how her identity helps or hinders her ability to advocate for the issues that are most important to her community’s residents. 

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