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Tuskegee University forum to examine economic inequality in America

Metro Digest: March 7 - 13

3/7/2014, noon
Tuskegee University will bring together a group of nationally recognized economists, financial analysts and policy advisers to discuss America’s economic ...
Andrew F. Brimmer was the first African-American to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank and a longtime member of the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees. Brimmer died in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Tuskegee University).

Tuskegee, Ala. - Tuskegee University will bring together a group of nationally recognized economists, financial analysts and policy advisers to discuss America’s economic issues and future. The Brimmer Forum on Education, Economic Growth and Opportunity will be held March 16-18 in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. The series of panel discussions will cover America’s economic outlook and inequalities. The event will feature speakers and panelists such as David G. Bronner, CEO of the State Retirement Systems of Alabama; Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF; Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Valerie R. Wilson, economist and vice president of research at the National Urban League, and Esther Brimmer, J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. For more information: http://www.tuskegee.edu/brimmer_forum.aspx.

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H.E.A.R.T. To H.E.L.P. youths (l-r)Sean Smith, Desha Smarr, Deshanda Smarr, Cantrell Foster, Rachel Kelly, and Destiny Robinson.

Atlanta Youth educate community about the impact of Big Tobacco

City of Atlanta youth group H.E.A.R.T To H.E.L.P. (Help Everyone Live Positively), the youth component of the H.E.A.R.T. Coalition (Health Education Awareness Research on Tobacco), will be actively working in the community during the month of March for Kick Butts Day. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The youth will have a table set up and walk around B.T. Harvey Stadium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the campus of Morehouse College for its 16th Tiger Relays. The youth will engage the spectators, athletes, and visitors to ask them to take the pledge to be tobacco free. The H.E.A.R.T. Coalition attends this event annually to educate the African American community, which is heavily marketed to, by the tobacco industry.

Diabetes workshop at YMCA

The YMCA is enrolling adults (18 or older) with type 2 diabetes into an April through May study conducted by Stanford University, in order to determine the effectiveness of diabetes self-management workshops. Developed and tested at Stanford University, a Better Choices, Better Health®—Diabetes workshop can help participants understand how to eat with diabetes while still making it enjoyable, monitor and manage their blood sugar and design their own self-management program.  The National Council on Aging funds the study. If you are interested in participating in the free workshop, contact Jennifer Rewkowski at 866-202-1926 or jenniferr@ymcaatlanta.org.

Congressional District Jobs Fair

JONESBORO, Ga. – Congressman David Scott announced that he will host the 11th Annual 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at the Georgia International Convention Center. This year’s employers are looking to fill 2,144 positions and include: AFLAC; Atlanta Fire & Rescue; Albany Police Department; Bradley-Morris, Inc.; Clayton County; Douglas County Fire/ EMS; Federal Air Marshals; Georgia Power; GLOCK; Home Depot; Hyatt Regency Atlanta; Kaiser Permanente; Kroger; Lowe’s; New York Life; Randstad; SunTrust; Tyco Fire Protection; UPS; Regions Bank; Wal-Mart; Wells Fargo; and more. Additionally, Congressman Scott’s Jobs Fair is partnering with HomeSafe Georgia and key banks to deliver mortgage aid and foreclosure prevention resources to homeowners facing unemployment or underemployment while they seek new work. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA to the Airport station and board the free ATL SkyTrain to the Convention Center or take MARTA to College Park station and board a special MARTA bus shuttle to the event.