About Star Parker CURE: Center for Urban Renewal and Education Star Parker is one of the names on the short list mentioned when anyone speaks of national black conservative leaders. Star Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a public policy think tank that promotes market-based solutions to fight poverty. Before involvement in social activism, Star had seven years of first-hand experience in the grip of welfare dependency. After consulting on federal Welfare Reform in the mid-90s, she founded UrbanCure to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America’s poor from government dependency. Star has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Woodbury University and has received numerous awards and commendations for her work on public policy issues. She regularly consults with both federal and state legislators on market-based strategies to fight poverty; she has spoken on more than 190 colleges and universities about anti-poverty initiatives; has authored several books; and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. Many of national acclaim would agree that Star Parker has established herself as a thoughtful and energetic leader in Washington D.C and her CURE advisory board includes folks of note such as Generals John Ashcroft and Ed Meese; Doctors Ben Carson, Robert P. George, George Gilder, Marvin Olasky and Walter E. Williams. About CURE MISSION Fight poverty and restore dignity through the message of faith, freedom and personal responsibility. OBJECTIVE Build awareness that a conservative agenda of traditional values, limited government and free markets is of the greatest marginal benefit to low-income Americans. METHOD Work in the media, on Capitol Hill and in poor communities to promote social policy that protects unborn life; and market-based public policy that transitions poor Americans from government dependency to economic independence. STRATEGY Media Center: Provide daily internet blogs (BlackCommunityNews.com) and weekly television roundtable discussions (Inside the Beltway with Star Parker) that specifically target the black Christian community with alternative views on current events, politics, and headline news. Clergy Center: Educate and serve our private CUREnet of conservative pastors who serve our nation’s at-risk, poor, and most vulnerable on congressional initiatives, public policy ideas, and current debates that affect their congregations and communities. Policy Center: Publish quality research studies and white papers on key topics that impact poverty, such as personal retirement and medical savings accounts, housing and school choice vouchers, family stability, charity choice, criminal justice, labor law, and welfare reform.