America's Fiscal Crisis and the Untold Story of the Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Joint Center to host webinar featuring Members of Congress, nationally-known economists and other experts

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has scheduled a webinar Monday, August 1, 2011 to focus on the challenges facing African Americans and other people of color, and particularly their concerns that measures related to the debt ceiling debate could exacerbate already high unemployment and undermine short-term and long-term economic prospects.

Journalists who dial in will have the opportunity to question members of two panels, the first of which will explore issues and context of the debt ceiling debate – and include presentations from Members of Congress, as well as leading national economists.  The second panel will explore the impact of some of the proposed budget cuts on members of vulnerable populations and on both discretionary and entitlement programs that they rely upon.

Who: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
What: Webinar on issues related to the debt ceiling debate in the U.S. Congress
When:  Monday, August 1, 2011; 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EDT).  To register for the webinar, please click on the following link, https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ykx2p6obhsx8

Featured Speakers:

Ralph B. Everett, Esq., President and CEO
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

The Honorable Gwen Moore (D-WI)
U.S. House of Representatives (invited)

The Honorable Bobby Scott (D-VA)
U.S. House of Representatives

Chad Stone, Ph.D., Chief Economist
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

William Darity, Ph.D., Arts and Science Professor of Public Policy and Economics Duke University

Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., Executive Director
National Council of Negro Women

Tom Shapiro, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology & Political Science
Brandeis University

Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Cristina Martin-Firvada, Director, Federal Team/Financial Security and Consumer Affairs
AARP

Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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 http://www.jointcenter.org.

SOURCE Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies



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