Sept. 19: Big Ideas Breakfast: The Least Among Us

The Least Among Us: The Importance of the Social Safety Net  

The current administration has questioned the necessity of food stamps, Medicare, and workplace protections for working people across the country. Many conservatives insist these programs make poverty and inequality worse.

Do these social programs help us or hinder us? Do they fulfill this country’s promise of opportunity for everyone? Are they essential for the maintenance of a healthy society?

In The Least Among Us, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) tells the story of a quarter century of deal-making and advocating on of behalf hardworking people who face the consequences of corporate indifference and government neglect every day.  On September 19 join Felicia Wong, Roosevelt’s CEO & President, for a sit-down with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to discuss her book.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Breakfast available at 7:30 AM
Discussion begins promptly at 8 AM
Concluding at 9 AM (Including Q&A)

Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10022

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Felicia Wong is the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, which seeks to re-imagine the social and economic policies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt for the 21st century.

Felicia came to the Institute from the Democracy Alliance, where she led the development and assessment of the organization’s strategic investment portfolio. Previously, Felicia ran operations and product development at a venture-funded education services company. Her public service includes a White House Fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and a political appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral dissertation on the role of race and framing in K-12 public education politics received the 2000 American Political Science Association award in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.

Rosa L. DeLauro has served as congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third District since 1991. She is a member of the House Democratic leadership and co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, the ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and a member of the subcommittee responsible for FDA and agriculture, where she oversees nutrition and drug and food safety. She is the author of The Least Among Us (The New Press). DeLauro lives in New Haven, Connecticut.