Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Issues First Neighborhood Summit-July 14th



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


PLACING OUR ISSUES FIRST:
COMMUNITY LEADERS,ACTIVISTS & HOMEOWNERS ORGANIZING FOR SOLUTIONS

Memphis, Tennessee-Friday, July 9, 2010- Foreclosures in the Memphis market have flooded neighborhoods with vacancies, devalued properties and contributed to some of our most serious social ills.

At the Neighborhood and Community Action Summit on Wednesday, July 14 at First Congregational Church, members of Neighborhood and Homeowner Associations, residents of affected communities and public officials &candidates for the August 3rd election will discuss the state of the county and how we can combat blight in a comprehensive manner.

Confirmed attendees include:
2010 Mayoral Candidates Mayor Joe Ford & Sheriff Mark Lutrell
Sheriff Candidate Randy Wade
County Commissioners Steve Mulroy & Henri Brooks
Register of Deeds Tom Leatherwood
Shelby County Trustee Regina Morrison-Newman

Foreclosed properties litter the communities with vacancies, opening the neighborhood to higher crime, violence and fires.

“We are seeking to promote connected and holistic solutions. Not only will reducing blight improve the quality of life of thousands within our community but can also save tax payers millions of dollars” says Brad Watkins, Organizing Coordinator of the Summit and Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Beyond the Neighborhood and Community Action , Issues First will continue to engage communities in seeking solutions and holding governmental and financial institutions accountable.

MSPJC is a community based organization working to educate, organize, and mobilize communities to realize social justice through nonviolent action. For over 27 years they have worked in our communities to achieve social, economic, racial and environmental justice through education, training, and community organizing. The Issues First Campaign is seeking to inform and educate towards solutions through voter engagement and grassroots community organizing.

What: The Neighborhood and Community Action Summit
When: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:30
Where: First Congregational Church
1000 South Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104

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