Representative Coggs town hall meetings topic is minority unemployment; taking testimony from unemployed in Milwaukee
May 16, 2012
Minority Unemployment Town Hall Meetings—“What’s Going On?”
Wisconsin State Representative Coggs has announced there will be two town hall meetings on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212, 12PM – 2PM; and Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the Department of Natural Resources, 2300 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212, 5:30PM – 7:30PM.
The minority public will be able to speak about their personal struggles with unemployment in the City of Milwaukee. State and City elected officials have been invited to be a part of the listening panel.
“The time is now for public officials and employers to create employment solutions. This is a call to action to make real changes that will address the unemployed needs of the minority community in Milwaukee”, Rep. Coggs said.
Rep. Coggs is the co-chair of the Governor’s Taskforce on Minority Unemployment which is bi-partisan group of elected officials and employers that will develop strategies and actions steps to address minority unemployment. A recent University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study revealed that 44.7% of black males between the ages 16-64 are unemployed.
Rep. Coggs added: “Solutions cannot be created without listening to the people that are affected by unemployment the most. Those persons experiencing unemployment can shed light on the complexity of finding viable employment. We would like to share the information gathered from the town hall meetings with employers and get their input on what they believe is hindering the minority community from gaining employment.” The public will be allowed two minutes to voice their opinions and concerns.
If you are unable to attend the town hall meeting please send your comments to Rep.Coggs@legis.wisconsin.gov.
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