Peter Edelman is a professor at Georgetown Law school. He is a Co-Director of the Joint Degree in Law and Public Policy and Faculty Director of the Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy.
He is married to Marian Wright Edelman.
In 2002 Democratic Socialists of America organizeda September 20-22 event in Washington DC entitled “Confronting America’s Low-WageEconomy.” The conference also kicked off DSA’s national campaign to focus attention on the problems of low-wage workers with a series of presentations and workshops setting forth the issues and possibilities for activism.
Friday night’s outreach event, “The Other America: What has changed in 40 years,” featured DSA vice chair and welfare expert/author Frances Fox Piven, Lawrence Mishel, Executive Director of the Economic Policy Institute, Peter Edelman of Georgetown University Law Center, a Clinton administration official who resigned in protest against Clinton’s signing the welfare “reform” bill and Tom Woodruff, Executive Vice President of SEIU.
Center for American Progress
In 2009 Peter Edelman was listed as a member of the Advisory Board of Wellstone Action, a Minnesota based organization based on the political legacy of that state’s late ‘progressive” Senator Paul Wellstone.
- Wellstone Action and Wellstone Action Fund combine to form a national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement. Founded in January 2003, Wellstone Action's mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by continuing their work through training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive individuals and organizations.
Americans for Peace Now
JStreet advisory council
Poverty Tour 2.0
The co-hosts of the nationally syndicated public radio program Smiley & West, from Public Radio International (PRI), hit the road September 12-15 2012 to host six town hall events that are FREE and open to the public.
"The Poverty Tour 2.0," sponsored in part by AARP Foundation and HuffPost Live, will visit the key battleground states of Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In addition, one town hall event will be held in the state of Delaware. Smiley and West intend to push the moderators of the upcoming presidential debates to ask the candidates about America's poverty problem, and to urge legislators to support public policy and implement programs that will alleviate poverty.
"These new Census numbers will underscore what we've been saying for a long time — poverty is the new American norm," said Smiley. "The time is now to force poverty on the agenda; our leaders can't simply continue to be quiet on this issue."
Confirmed guests include: Peter Edelman, former member of the Clinton administration and co-founder of the Children's Defense Fund; Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers; Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate; Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH); Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH); Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA); Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH); and Jill Stein, Green Party USA candidate for president. All presidential and vice presidential candidates have been invited to participate.
"We're putting the spotlight on our precious fellow citizens who don't have access to a decent job, decent housing, and decent healthcare," said West. "We want to hear solutions that can be duplicated and adapted in communities across the country."
- JStreet website
- Wellstone Action website
- Democratic Socialists of America website
- Center for American Progress website
- Edelman's profile with Georgetown
- Americans for Peace Now website: Leadership (accessed on Dec. 4, 2009)
- JStreet website: Advisory Council (accessed on Oct. 26, 2009)