The Third Annual ICIC/Inc. Inner City 100 Nomination Process
Duane Meek to Mayors: "Landscape of Retirement for Public Employees is Changing Rapidly"
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Jackson Challenges Mayors to Be Bold Leaders
Reverend Jesse Jackson, president and founder of Rainbow Push Coalition, challenged mayors to be bold leaders in their communities in addressing the needs of the poor. At a time when our nation is experiencing enormous economic prosperity, Jackson said many problems abound in local communities. Poverty and homelessness are on the rises, racial profiling is on the increase, jails are over crowded particularly with minorities, the lack of health care among the working poor, and inadequate job training are just a few of the issues Jackson discussed. "There appears to be a routine quietness across the nation" about these issues Jackson said. He urged mayors to speak up about them and to challenge the presidential candidates to address them. "What do you have to say to Bush and Gore? They need you now more than you need them," he said.
At the end of his speech, Jackson made a compassionate appeal to mayors to help increase public awareness about AIDS. He pointed out that many people are carrying the virus and don't even know it. He asked mayors to take the lead in their communities by taking an AIDS test and encouraging people
A National Conversation on Local Parks: Call for Action
Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, National Park Service Director Bob Stanton, Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and National Association of Counties President C. Vernon Gray announced the June 21 Local Parks Day and called for passage of the Conservation and Reinvestment Act.