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Residents Urged to Learn, Speak Out and Take Action on Economic Crisis

December 9, 2008

Akron, Ohio - Community members and local leaders are gathering in Akron tonight for a town hall meeting on the current economic crisis. As part of the national "Economic Crisis Week of Action," participants will discuss ways to communicate to public leaders the needs of those outside of Wall Street and develop ways individuals can support each other to meet everyday needs.

Greg Coleridge, executive director of the American Friends Service Committee of Ohio says they are bringing together area leaders and residents to discuss a number of components tied to the economic crisis that is affecting communities.

"Declining numbers of jobs, home foreclosures, lack of health care that many people have, the present economic recession and many other factors that people are concerned about and feel that they need to do something about."

Coleridge says they will also examine ways residents can help each other with immediate needs, such as bartering skills or services.

Coleridge says as Congress debates a stimulus package, it's important they keep in mind the needs of those at the neighborhood level.

"Public officials who are going to ultimately be making such decisions need to hear from people at the grass roots level, not only from the main streets, but also from the side streets and the back streets."

The event tonight begins at seven o'clock at the Main Library in downtown Akron.



Mary Kuhlman/Elizabeth Grattan, Public News Service - OH