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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COMMISSION TO ENGAGE AFRICAN AMERICANS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in collaboration with the Bipartisan Policy Center are releasing of a national survey of results on the views of African Americans on key climate and energy questions and the launching of the:

COMMISSION TO ENGAGE AFRICAN AMERICANS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

at the National Press Club

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT
(White Murrow Rooms)
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

Featureing: The Honorable James E. Clyburn, U.S. House Majority Whip

The Bipartisan Policy Center in conjunction with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has provided a grant to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center) to launch a new effort to engage the African American community on the issue of climate change. The Joint Center has formed a distinguished national commission and through its work, as well as related research, will reframe the current policy debate on climate change.

Not only will this reframing make the debate more relevant to African Americans and other people of color, it will also encourage greater participation and grassroots advocacy by members of civil rights groups, churches, student and youth groups, other community and civic organizations, and black elected officials at all levels of government. The commission is co-chaired by Ralph B. Everett, Esq., President and CEO of the Joint Center and The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator and a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy. Commission members will represent a diversity of scientists, activists, policymakers, labor, entrepreneurs, educators, religious and business leaders.

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