Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, CT - Star Parker, television commentator, social/political analyst and founder of the Washington, D. C.-based Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), will speak from 3 to 4 p. m. on May 12 in the Student Center Theater at Eastern Connecticut State University. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Parker is a former welfare cheat from Los Angeles. Her personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled in such national media as ABC's 20/20; the Rush Limbaugh Show; Readers Digest; The 700 Club; the Washington Times; Christianity Today; Charisma; World Magazine; the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Parker has authored three books: "White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay"; her autobiography, "Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats: From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger"; and "Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It."
CURE is a think tank that focuses on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods and public policy.
Stephen Lyon, a graduating senior, said he believes the university and community continues to benefit from the work of the Eastern Conservatives Club, which is sponsoring Star's lecture. Founded in November 2009, the club recently hosted a non-partisan, "meet-and-greet the candidates" forum attended by multiple candidates for statewide office that included Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents and Green Party candidates.
Conservatives Club members include Stephen Lyon, president; Zackary April, vice president; David Green, treasurer; and George Barr, secretary. Other members include John Lappie, Mike Laporte, Evan Perry, Joseph Serino, Bryan Jorge, and Kyle Puzacke. Political Science Professor Christopher Vasillopulos serves as the club's advisor.