Thompson, Lumumba, NAACP will headline COVID-19 town hall, issues related to politics


U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, left, and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba will participate in a Tuesday, Feb. 23, event by the JSU College of Health Sciences and the School of Public Health that will explores “COVID-19 Town Hall: Deadly Crisis Triggers $2.6 Trillion Relief Aid.”

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U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson will join Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, the NAACP and other luminaries at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, as they explore the trillions of stimulus dollars allocated or being proposed for COVID-19 relief and other appropriations.

The event, which will tackle an array of issues, is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and the School of Public Health at Jackson State University. It can be viewed at @Facebook.com/JSUTV.

For more information, see details below:

What:      COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall … “Deadly Crisis Triggers $2.6 Trillion Relief Aid,”

sponsored by JSU College of Health Sciences and School of Public Health


Who:       Congressman Bennie Thompson; Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba; Canton

Mayor Dr. William Truly Jr.; Dr. Corey Wiggins, executive director of the Mississippi

NAACP; and Dr. Claude Brunson, executive director of the Mississippi State Medical

Association, moderator


When:     6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23


Where:    @Facebook.com/JSUTV


Why:        In 2020, Congress appropriated $2.6 trillion to fight public health and economic

threats. Six areas accounted for 86 percent of that appropriation: (1) Paycheck

Protection Program (PPP); (2) Economic Stabilization and Assistance to Distressed

Sectors; (3) unemployment insurance, (4) economic impact payments; (5) Public

Health and Social Services Emergency Fund; and (6) Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Distinguished panelists will review the impact of the aid package. What’s working

and what needs improvement? They’ll also address why small cities such as

Jackson received its aid from the state of Mississippi rather than via direct

payments from the federal government as done with New York City or Los

Angeles. As well, how is aid helping cities battle a spike in crimes during the

pandemic? Will Democrats pass more aid without GOP support? How are past

decisions and politics affecting Americans? These and other salient

questions will be explored.

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