Star Parker joins commentary lineup

By WND Staff

Star Parker, the author of WND Books’ recent release, “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” joins WorldNetDaily today as a weekly columnist every Tuesday.

Star Parker

Parker is the president and founder of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides national dialogue on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.

Once caught up in the miserable world of welfare fraud, sex, drugs and abortion, Parker 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.

“America has two economic systems,” says Parker, “capitalism for the rich, and socialism for the poor.”

Parker’s book takes on the ineffective $400 billion government welfare program. The solution, asserts Parker, 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. Additionally, 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 those on welfare. Emphasizing personal initiative, faith and responsibility, she walks readers toward releasing the hold poverty has over their lives.

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 bachelors of science degree in marketing from Woodbury University and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 Los Angeles 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 TV 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 TV shows including “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

Star Parker’s column will run on Tuesdays on WorldNetDaily’s Commentary page.

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