Special to the Daily World
On Thursday, Aug. 18, thousands of residents and more than 80 employers are expected to attend as Congressmen Hank Johnson and John Lewis co-host a jobs fair and town hall meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) – the “For the People Jobs Initiative,” H. Res. 348, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the town hall meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m.
The CBC recognizes that unemployment in African-American communities hovers around 16 percent – more than double the national rate in some cases – and urges passage of its more than 40 bills dealing with job creation.
Johnson introduced the Fair Employment Act of 2011 that protects the unemployed from discrimination in hiring practices, and Rep. Lewis sponsored The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Assets for Independence Reauthorization Act that helps low-income families save, build wealth and emerge from poverty. These and other issues will be discussed during the town hall. The job fair and town hall meeting will be held at Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway. If taking MARTA take the No. 95 bus route.
Johnson (4th District), and Lewis (5th District) will attend, along with 10 other CBC members: Sanford Bishop Jr., Corrine Brown, Donna Christensen, Al Green, Gregory Meeks, Laura Richardson, Cedric Richmond, David Scott, Ed Towns and Maxine.
The agencies and companies in attendance include but are not limited to: the Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Personnel Management, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Atlanta Workforce Development, General Services Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Securities and Exchange Commission, Coca-Cola, Sprint, Comcast, Google, NCR, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Microsoft, GE, Starbucks, Waffle House, Pepsi and Gwinnett Public Schools.
The job fair will include how to find jobs with the federal government; the Georgia Work Ready Program; GI Bill and on-the-job-training for veterans; special tips for the over-55 job seeker; returning to the job market after incarceration; help from counselors on résumé writing; how to best prepare for an interview; green jobs training opportunities; tips on how to change careers, and more.