It's Time for the CBC Annual Legislative Conference!

Authors: Shamar Bibbins, Senior Political Associate  It's September in Washington, D.C.: Congress is back in full session after the August Recess; the 2011 fiscal year budget ends; tons of legislative priorities are at hand – including President Obama's Jobs Package; the Super Committee planning is underway; and – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference! Yes, it's that time of year again and Green For All, as in the past, has a line up of programming to support and celebrate the greenest advocates on the Hill. CBC ALC is taking place Wednesday, September 21st – Saturday, September 24th, and to kick it off, Green For All, in conjunction with Black Enterprise, is hosting a VIP reception to honor the CBC for its unwavering commitment to job creation. Unemployment rates in the African American community are staggering and unacceptable. Through the leadership of Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, the CBC decided to move beyond the rhetoric here in Washington and took the issue to the streets with its unprecedented 2011 For the People Jobs Initiative. The five-city tour stopped in Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, and held job fairs and town hall events hosted by several CBC Members, MSNBC and The tour provided direct opportunities for people to connect with employers and gain jobs, but also helped spark a national dialogue. As many of you probably saw on television, lines were out of door - people are hungry for work. Many of the jobs at the fairs were not focused on green jobs; however, we know that the green economy is part of the larger economy, and for the CBC's leadership and commitment to help give our communities what they need at this critical time– we felt it only right to celebrate the Caucus' efforts. Our CEO, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins will join three Member panels during the conference, including Congresswoman Karen Bass' panel, "The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the Black Middle Class"; Congressman John Conyers panel, "Jobs: A Human and Civil Right"; and Chairman Emanuel Cleaver's panel, "Fresh Air & Clean Water: The EPA's Role in Protecting Public Health", which will feature remarks by Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.  And last, but definitely not least, we are also hosting The All Green Everything After Party with Performances by Common on Saturday, September 24th at The Park at Fourteenth. If you'll be in DC this week, we look forward to seeing you!

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