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Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security Set for May 22

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Community Action Partnership of Riverside County will be hosting a Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security on Thursday, May 22, 2008.  The symposium will be located at the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Community Center and is modeled after the National Poverty Symposium that was held in Washington, D.C. in 2007.

Economist John Husing will be presenting the keynote address, with an emphasis on poverty trends in Riverside County. Dr. Husing's new data will be very timely for this symposium.

The three topics of discussion will be education, employment and healthcare. Speaking on education will be Kenneth M. Young, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. Jamil Dada, Chairman of the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, member of the California Workforce Investment Board and Vice Chairman of the National Association of Workforce Boards will speak on employment issues. Dr. Bradley P. Gilbert, Executive Officer of Inland Empire Health Plan, will make a presentation on healthcare.

Lois J. Carson, Executive Director of Community Action Partnership, said, "It is our expectation that the attendees will leave the symposium energized to set Riverside County on a path to eliminate poverty by allowing all residents to be empowered to achieve self-sufficiency. This is the next step in achieving the Board of Supervisors' goal of eliminating poverty in Riverside County within the next thirty years."

The Steering Committee for the Symposium is made up of organizations born as a result of the War on Poverty in 1964. These include Community Action, Head Start, Job Corps, Upward Bound, Inland Counties Legal Services, Center for Employment Training and Community Health Centers.

The "closers" for the Symposium will report out recommendations from each roundtable. Reports will be made by Irene Morales of Inland Counties Legal Services, Ken Sawa of Catholic Charities and Rose Mayes of Fair Housing Council of Riverside County.

The Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on May 22 at the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Community Center, 13000 Fields Road in Banning. Lunch will be served. There is no charge to attend, but reservations must be made by May, 15, 2008 to CAP Riverside, (951) 955-4900 or (800) 511-1110.

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