Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Nashville Mayor to Speak on New Economy, Families at February 23 Audioconference

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Nashville Mayor to Speak on New Economy, Families at February 23 Audioconference

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Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell is scheduled to be one of the speakers for a new audioconference on how the new economy is affecting family well being across the country. Purcell is vice chair of NLC's Council on Youth, Education, and Families.

The audioconference on February 23 is part of a series on "Low Wages in the New Economy," sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). See below for details about registration.

Nationally, the good news is that the child poverty rate has declined to about 17 percent -- its lowest level since 1979. The bad news is that the U.S. still ranks behind many other developed countries. The ideal time to forge policies and coalitions to address this American dilemma may be now -- during our record economic boom. The Children's Defense Fund offers a new vision of what it takes to address the needs of children in today's economy. A 2001 bill, introduced in the U.S. Senate, turns that vision into concrete policies.

The audioconference speakers will discuss questions such as: How will the debate about child poverty and programs be reframed to reflect the new economy? What is likely to happen in this Congress that will impact on states or on cities? How has the new economy actually affected family well being across the country? Purcell is scheduled to be joined by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund and Larry Aber of the National Center for Children in Poverty.

The February 23 audioconference is one of a new series sponsored by CLASP, "Low Wages in the New Economy: Implications for Families. …

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