Joint Center President and CEO Ralph B. Everett joined a meeting of prominent African American leaders at the White House yesterday to continue a discussion with President Barack Obama on his plans to strengthen the middle class and provide opportunities for those living in poverty, particularly African Americans and people of color.
Topics covered included an increase in job training and investment in disadvantaged neighborhoods, preventing voter suppression, and President Obama’s plan for universal pre-kindergarten to narrow the educational achievement gap. There was also a strong focus on the potential sequester, a set of automatic federal budget cuts that would end thousands of jobs and cut social services.
“The meeting was a positive, constructive exchange of views,” said Everett. “The President fully understands the concerns of the African American community and has set forth a sensible plan to continue America’s economic recovery. We look forward to working with him to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build more ladders of opportunity for those trying to get there.”
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