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U.S. Criminal Justice Experts Unveil National Proposal
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Unprecedented Summit Meeting on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC - February 23, 2009 - U.S. criminal justice experts will unveil a comprehensive national proposal for urban peace and jobs. The proposal employs a targeted economic stimulus approach to reach hard core urban unemployed, at risk youth and street gang members at local levels. It focuses on job creation, alternative energy, infra-structure building, education and family reunification. It combines public policy, practice, legislation and appropriations.

WHO: The National Exhoodus Council (NEC) is a coalition of over twenty-five leading U.S.-and growing-community-based resettlement (reentry), anti-crime and anti-violence organizations whose management and leadership were all previously incarcerated. Led by Co-Chairs Pastor Derrick Johnson and Malik Aziz, the Council will coordinate a national campaign, aimed at creating jobs and reducing urban violence, based on their research and the groundbreaking proposal they authored.

WHAT: NEC Council members will present the national proposal to key leaders in the community as well as to city and state officials unveiling a new paradigm for community economic development and civic engagement. This plan for a national agenda will then be presented to members of Congress and Senate in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - Presentation of proposal begins at 1:30pm. The Council members and other participants will be available for live TV, print and radio interviews at 1:00pm and again at 3:00pm. Special Guests: Congressman Danny Davis; Chaplain Barry Black, Chaplain to the U.S. Senate; Michael Melton, President of 100 Black Men, Greater DC Chapter; and other key figures from city and state.

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Southwest of the Capitol between South Capitol Street and First Street, Room 2105

WHY: The National Exhoodus Coalition was organized to bring the expertise and personal experience of the group to address the resettlement (reentry) problems of annually transitioning 700,000 people from prison to urban communities and the concurrent proliferation of street gang related crime and violence in these communities.

Please RSVP to attend. Sponsored In Part by Aloft Hotel, 4301 Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA


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