Parker should know. Once caught up in the miserable world of welfare fraud, sex, drugs and abortion, she underwent what many have called a miraculous transformation into what she is today – one of America’s leading advocates for true, faith-based success and empowerment of the nation’s poor.
“This double-minded approach seems to keep the poor enslaved to poverty while the rich get richer,” says Parker in her stunning new book. “Let’s face it,” she adds, “despite its $400 billion price tag, welfare isn’t working.”
The solution, asserts Parker, president and founder of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, is a faith-based, not state-sponsored, plan. In “Uncle Sam’s Plantation” – subtitled “How the welfare bureaucracy enslaves America’s poor and what you can do about it” –Parker offers five simple yet profound steps that will allow the nation’s poor to go from entitlement and slavery to empowerment and freedom.
Prior to her involvement in social activism, Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles. The story of her personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC’s “20/20,” Rush Limbaugh, Reader’s Digest, Dr. James Dobson, “The 700 Club,” Dr. George Grant, the Washington Times, Christianity Today, Charisma and World Magazine. Her autobiography, “Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats,” was released in 1997.
After becoming a Christian – the pivotal change in her life, she says – Parker returned to college, received a BS degree in marketing from Woodbury University and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 L.A. riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard for her focus on cultural renewal.
Parker lectures at colleges and churches nationwide, conducts goal-setting workshops in housing projects and sponsors legislative briefings and empowerment conferences for inner-city pastors. She spoke at the 1996 Republican National Convention, co-produced a documentary on welfare reform with the BBC in London and broadcast a message of freedom from government throughout the entire nation of Peru.
A regular participant in hearings before Congress, Parker has served as a national expert on television and radio programs across the country. She debated Jesse Jackson on CNN, fought for school choice on “Larry King Live,” defended welfare reform on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and has regularly appeared on other television shows including “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”
In “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” Parker shares her own amazing journey up from the lower rungs of the economic system and addresses the importance of extending the free market system to this neglected group of people. Emphasizing personal initiative, faith, and responsibility, she walks readers toward releasing the hold poverty has over their lives.