Unemployment, poverty, jobs and health care will be the focus of a Town Hall Meeting to be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at the United Theological Seminary Center for Urban Ministry, 1516 Salem Avenue in Dayton. The National Jobs for All Coalition and several local nonprofit, religious, labor and neighborhood groups are sponsoring the event.
According to U.S. Census Bureau, 15.8 percent of Ohioans, more than 1.7 million people, lived in poverty during 2014. The state’s household median income is also lower than the national average, despite increases in employment and gains in educational attainment.
The special guest speaker is U.S. Representative John Conyers of Michigan, currently the longest-serving member of Congress. He recently announced that in 2016 he would seek election to his 27th consecutive term in Congress.
A Founding Member and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Conyers has been a major proponent of more than 100 pieces of major legislation, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the Motor Voter Bill of 1993, the Alcohol Warning Label Act of 1988 and many others.
The Town Hall meeting will include testimony and a local panel discussing the impact of long-term unemployment and poverty on the Dayton area. Presentations will increase awareness of such issues as job creation, the minimum wage, health care and others.
For more information on the event, contact Logan Martinez, Outreach Coordinator for the National Jobs for All Coalition at loganmartinez2u@yahoo.com or (937) 260-2591.