The conversation of Black business and community leaders supports urgent bipartisan solutions.
Atlanta/November 14, 2022/BPALiveWire – Black leaders converged in Atlanta on Saturday to address crises of crippling inflation devastating Black business owners. The event hosted by Concerned Communities for America will use the input gathered to develop a unique “Contract with Black America” that focuses on achievable, bipartisan solutions. Tailored solutions by local stakeholders work best because they know what their communities need.
“We know that top-down solutions devised by career politicians and lobbyists don’t work for the Black community,” said Bruce LeVell, a national advocate for Black small business and former federal official. “It’s been over five decades since Washington declared ‘The War on Poverty,’ and the racial wealth gap just keeps getting bigger because these policies are not addressing the real issues affecting the Black community.”
“Black folks have been left behind by politicians who use us as political pawns to advance their own interests and agendas. It’s time for us to advance our own agenda,” said DaQuawn Bruce, executive director of CCA.
The inaugural conversation in Atlanta is the first in a bipartisan effort led by Black community leaders working with politicians from both parties to demand real solutions to issues that disproportionately impact Black communities like inflation, crime, policing, food deserts and community disinvestment.
The Atlanta event was held in Stonecrest, Georgia, at the New Black Wall Street Market. In addition to the solutions-driven roundtable, participants took part in a tour of developer Lecester (Bill) Allen’s future development sites and entrepreneurship training center.
The conversations will bring together business owners, community leaders, and local government officials who know best what their communities need. Their input will be used to
develop a “Contract with Black America” that presents achievable, bipartisan solutions for the Black community.
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