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Town hall meeting on climate change

The following is from the office of State Sen. Rodney Ellis:

Houston Residents to Dialogue with National Experts on Climate Change Impacts
Joint Center’s Climate Change Commission Hosts Town Hall Meeting

WHO: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center) and its Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change (Commission)

WHAT: The Commission seeks to increase the involvement of communities in the climate change debate and will hold a Town Hall meeting this month to hear from local residents on the impact of global warming on Houston’s African Americans and Hispanic/Latino communities. In addition to climate change and energy policy, the Town Hall meeting will focus on opportunities related to green jobs and green-related employment opportunities, and funding for projects to lessen the progression or impacts of climate change, including weatherization, building efficiency, transportation, alternative energy, and green spaces. The event is part of the Joint Center’s partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, an organization established by former President Clinton to help turn ideas into action.

The Commission’s own “commitment to action” is to convene regional meetings around the country to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on minority communities and to ensure their voices are heard in the process of developing policy solutions at this crucial time. The Commission strives to engage minority communities in this integral policy debate to ensure the formulation of just climate and energy policies that benefit and create opportunities for all communities.

The Town Hall meeting is open to the public and materials will be available in English and Spanish. Translators will also be available to ensure maximum participation.

WHERE: Communications Workers of America Local 6222
1730 Jefferson Street, Houston, TX 77003

WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Note: Registration will open at 5:30 p.m. and refreshments will be provided.

PARTICIPANTS:
The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senate, District 13 and Commission Co-Chair
Ralph B. Everett, Esq., President and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Commission
Co-Chair
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Dr. Robert Bullard, Director, Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University
Calvin G. Butler, Esq., Vice President of State Legislative and Government Affairs ComEd, Inc.
Milton Carroll, Chairman of the Board, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Leslie G. Fields, Esq., National Environmental Justice Director, Sierra Club
Carolyn L. Green, Managing Partner, EnerGreen Capital Management, LLC
Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus, President, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Frank M. Stewart, President and COO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. For more information about the Joint Center, please visit our Web site at www.jointcenter.org.

Hope you can make it.

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