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
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
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.