Grassroots Organizations host Presidential Forum to Focus on the Need to Invest in Communities

by Community Change | February 11, 2016 2:45 pm

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Saturday, February 13, 2016
CONTACT: Mike Thornton, ACTIONN– [email protected]; 755-357-4400
Bob Fulkerson, PLAN, [email protected]; 775-843-2218

Real Solutions for Real People Summit to shine spotlight on racial, climate, & economic justice issues in the West

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Watch the livestream starting at 11:30 am: http://putfamiliesfirst.org/

(RENO, NV)- On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Center for Community Change (CCC), Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada (ACTIONN) the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), the University of Nevada student group FUSED, and KXNV 89.1 will be holding the Real Solutions for Real People Summit. The events will consist in a series of workshops followed by a presidential forum that will address economic and racial justice, immigration reform, and policies that would invest in the people and places left behind during our country’s recovery. Around 400 people are expected to attend.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is confirmed to appear; Senator Cory Booker, a surrogate from the campaign of Hillary Clinton, is also confirmed.

The summit will focus specifically on issues that affect the Mountain West including public land use and water rights. In rural areas of many states like Nevada, jobs have disappeared and no new economic engine has replaced the old economies based on natural resources. Systematic disinvestment has left communities without basic services. Participants from Nevada and surrounding states like Montana, Idaho and Oregon – where militia groups have used the disinvestment crisis as an opportunity to recruit– will discuss the need to focus on meaningful investment in rebuilding public infrastructure. Leaders from Native American groups will discuss real solutions for their communities. Immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, and transitioning to a clean energy economy will also be topics focused on during the summit.

At the forum, the candidates will be asked to present their proposals for addressing the issues important in the South and Mountain West, a key region in the 2016 presidential election. Real people will tell their stories and ask Sen. Sanders and the representative of the Clinton campaign to offer their solutions.

WHAT: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign, grassroots organizations from Nevada and other Western states will discuss how to help communities left behind in the economic recovery

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

WHERE: Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada Reno
900 N. Virginia St., (across from Manzanita Lake) Reno, NV 89557

FORUM START TIME: 11:45 am

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