MEDIA ADVISORY: Jobs Summit this Wednesday aims at an economy that works for everyone

MEDIA ADVISORY: Jobs Summit this Wednesday aims at an economy that works for everyone
The Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HK on J) partners host a summit with Gov. Beverly Perdue to advocate lasting solutions that benefit North Carolina's struggling families

WHO: HK on J partners, Gov. Beverly Perdue
Jobs Summit: Jobs and the Economy for 2010 and Beyond
Wed., April 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Martin St. Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St. in Raleigh, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

RALEIGH (April 14, 2010) - The current recession has created a virtual state of emergency for struggling families at the bottom rung of our economic ladder. This Wednesday, a coalition of groups will host a landmark event pushing for lasting solutions that build an economy from the bottom up.

This Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) partners will host a job summit in conjunction with Gov. Beverly Perdue at Martin St. Baptist Church, 101 E. Martin St. in Raleigh, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The summit features creative ideas from longtime North Carolina grassroots activists and policy leaders on how to move North Carolina's economy forward. The message: it's time to use all available tools to create and preserve jobs in North Carolina, now and in the future.

Speakers will include unemployed North Carolinians who have been hit hard by the state's economic woes. They will speak alongside key representatives from the NC Justice Center, North Carolina NAACP, AFL-CIO NC, the Beloved Community Center, Institute for Minority Economic Development and others from the 90-plus HK on J partners. Nationally renowned economist Heather Boushey, an expert on workforce issues relating especially to women and people of color, will also present.

While the recession has received much publicity, the summit's goals aren't just to help the economy recover to pre-2007 levels. While overall unemployment hovers around 11 percent, in some communities it runs as high as 25 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate for white Americans is 8.7 percent, while the rate for African Americans is nearly twice that (16.5 percent).

The summit's aim is to lift North Carolina's economy from the ground up, creating an economy that works for everyone. Specifically, the partners will recommend that Gov. Perdue:
  • Effectively implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the state level - for example by providing wage subsidies for local employers
  • Responsibly address the state budget shortfall by leveraging federal assistance, making spending cuts based on sound priorities and raising necessary revenue
  • Enact bold, untapped strategies to strengthen the private sector job market, such as an Emergency Employment Program or a work-sharing tax credit effort that would stem layoffs
  • Recognize that certain segments of the population, such as African Americans and Latinos, have been impacted disproportionately by the poor job market, and take measures to combat this
  • Support important federal policy choices, such as calling on Congress to pass the Local Jobs for America Act (HR 4812)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, communications director, 919.836.2402 (office) 503.551.3615 (mobile),; Ajamu Dillahunt, 919.856.3194,