Breaking the Bonds of Welfare: Star Parker and Dr. Clenard H. Childress Speak at 'Issues That Matter' Conference

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The first 'Issues That Matter' Conference addresses topics of truth to educate the community about welfare and the economy.

C.U.R.E. founder Star Parker and nationally renowned speaker Dr. Clenard H. Childress of L.E.A.R.N. will speak Aug. 26 through Aug. 28 at the first "Issues That Matter" (ITM) Conference. The conference, which will take place at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley, strives to reach the community with truth about issues that matter.

The theme of the conference is "Feed the mind. Feed the body. Win the soul." Registration is free, and attendants will listen as Parker and Childress address the following topics:

  • "Social Security Reform"
  • "The Impact of Homosexual Marriage in the Black Community"
  • "The Effects of Abortion in the Black Community"
  • "Black Leadership in America Today"
  • "Breaking the Bonds of Welfare"
  • "America and Why Morals Matter!"
  • "The 42nd Anniversary of Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech"
  • "The Four Pillars of an Ownership Society"
  • "The Economic State of Black America"

Star Parker ( believes firmly that faith and free market principles are key elements to curing poverty. Parker founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education (CURE) in 1995 to jump start national dialogue on issues of race and poverty. Before dedicating herself to social activism, she was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles. Star learned firsthand that the free market could help people more than state subsidies. Star is the author of her new book, "Uncle Sam's Plantation."

She recently wrote in the article, "Pushing a formula for getting poor: Thinking a government program is the answer to life's challenges is a good way to poor":

"According to the (Wall Street) Journal, '... Americans are no more or less likely to rise above, or fall below, their parents' economic class than they were 35 years ago.' The New York Times quotes similar data, while also pointing out that at the same time the gap between rich and poor is increasing. From 1979 to 2001, after-tax income of the top 1 percent of American households increased 139 percent, the middle fifth by 17 percent and poorest fifth by 9 percent. According to the research, whereas at one time parents' economic status contributed by a factor of about 20 percent to where a child wound up, today this is more in the range of 50 percent. In other words, in today's America, the rewards for being born into the right circumstances and the penalties for being born into the wrong circumstances are becoming increasingly greater." ¹

Dr. Clenard H. Childress, who was recently featured in World Magazine ( will address the 42nd anniversary of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech.

According to an article in World Magazine written by Anthony Bradley, U.S. history books frequently mention the lynching of African-Americans. Other historical facts, however, are often unrecorded. One such reality that Childress is especially concerned with is the unusually high number of aborted African-American babies. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, more than 43 percent of African-American pregnancies end in abortion, and even though African Americans only represent 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly 35 percent of all abortions. Since 1973, approximately 12 million abortions have been performed, and it is estimated that another 1,500 occur every day in the United States.

"Clenard Childress Jr., a pastor in Montclair, N.J., and president of the northeast region of the Life Education and Research Network (LEARN), the nation's largest African-American evangelical pro-life group, hopes to reduce that last number," states Bradley in the article. "His goal is to 'proclaim the message of life and to expose the vices of the abortion industry' to the African-American community." ²

Sources for press release:
¹ "Pushing a formula for getting poor: Thinking a government program is the answer to life's challenges is a good way to poor," May 23, 2005, or

² Article Title: "Abortion by race," Feb. 19, 2005,

About the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church:

Dr. Earl C. Stuckey, Sr. is the Pastor of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, which is dedicated to reaching out to the community in love with truth about issues that matter. Many in the Bay area have come to accept welfare as a way of life. They express little hope of being able to finish their education, get a job and buy a home. This neighborhood is struggling with drugs, crime and prostitution. There is a better way. The Church hopes the conference will provide a forum for community members to learn about Jesus Christ and the truth. The Church invites everyone to come along and bring a friend to this important conference. For more information, please visit

Walter B. Hoye II
Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley

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