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Joan Vennochi

A Boston minister challenges Brown, Warren to focus on poverty

THE REV. EUGENE Rivers is at it again. He’s trying to shine a spotlight on the poor and black — and, on himself.

This time, the catalyst is the high-profile showdown between Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. On June 6, Rivers and six co-signers delivered letters to both candidates, asking each to meet privately with the letter writers, and also to participate together in a public forum, hosted by a black church in Boston, to discuss how, if elected, “you would measurably improve the quality of life for poor black and brown citizens.”

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