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Joint Center Event to Explore Impacts of Sequestration on Communities of Color
February 27, 2013

A panel of experts will discuss the potential impact of the sequestration program cuts on communities of color at a Thursday morning event hosted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Joint Center, located at 805 Fifteenth Street, NW, in Washington, DC. The package of automatic across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect on Friday, March 1, unless President Obama and Members of Congress are able to hammer out an agreement to avoid the harmful impact they are expected to have on the economy, jobs, and the most vulnerable members of society.

“While most Americans will feel the impact of the sequestration, these cuts will have a particularly devastating effect on communities of color, where many people are still struggling to join the economic recovery,” said Ralph B. Everett, the Joint Center’s President and CEO.  “To pull the rug out from under them would be destructive and would not serve the nation well.”  

The participants for Thursday’s panel are:

  • Ellen Nissenbaum, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities;
  • Liany Elba Arroyo, Associate Director, Education and Children's Policy Project, National Council of La Raza;
  • Amber D. Ebarb, Program Manager, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians;
  • Priscilla Huang, J.D., Policy Director, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum;
  • Brian Smedley, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies;
  • Ralph B. Everett, Esq., President and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Moderator)


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