Monday, June 18, 2012

Conservative Black Forum

AAEA President Norris McDonald participated in the Conservative Black Forum sponsored by Congressman Allen West (R-FL) today.  It was a very informative discussion and provided an excellent outlet for addressing this vitally important issue.  McDonald asked Congressman West and the Panel about the lack of African American ownership in the energy infrastructure and resources area.  The forum was covered by C-SPAN.

Norris McDonald w/ Robert Johnson, Allew West & Charles Payne

Congressman Allen West:
Conservative Black Forum
“Economic Empowerment in the Black Community”
Washington, D.C.
June 18, 2012
United States Capitol
Room HVC 200
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Black unemployment remains at 14 percent - double the white community. This is a trend that has continued for the past 50 years, during both strong and weak economies.
  • The Federal Government has invested billions of dollars to solve this crisis, yet the statistics remain staggering.
  • 4.8 percent of black students dropped out of high school in 2009, double the number of white students.
  • The Conservative Black Forum will discuss ways of enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit of black American small business owners to stimulate and strengthen the economy.
  • Black businesses, established in the heart of Black communities, often hire Black employees that in turn strengthen the black community as a whole.
  • Leaders in the Black community on both the state and federal level will have an open discussion on what barriers are preventing the Black community from achieving economic growth, which leads to economic stability and most importantly, economic “freedom.”

Moderator: Charles Payne - Fox Business Network contributor and co-host of "Varney & Co."

• Allen West- Congressman, Member of House Small Business Committee, Congressional Black Caucus
• Robert L. Johnson - Founder of Black Entertainment Television
• City Manager Ruth C. Jones – Riviera Beach
• Florida State Rep. Mack Bernard - (District 84) Committee Memberships: Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee
• Dr. Art Laffer - American economist
• County Commissioner Ashley Bell - Hall County, Georgia
• Toya Powell - Director, Government Engagement, U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.
• Harry C. Alford - President/CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce
• Kay DeBow - Executive Vice President, National Black Chamber of Commerce
• Darrell Jordan - House of Representatives Small Business Committee

(Allen West)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Environmental Health News Publicizes Environmental Justice

Today Environmental Health News (EHN) begins a three-week series, Pollution, Poverty and People of ColorThey will be examining the long-discussed, rarely-addressed issues of environmental justice in urban and rural communities across America.

Today's story focuses on the refineries and close-in neighborhoods of Richmond, California. The Bay Area city of 103,000 is ringed by five oil refineries, three chemical factories, eight Superfund sites and more.

Help spread the word.  Contact Peter Dykstra or editor Marla Cone if you have questions or comments on the series.

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