MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Improving future job opportunities for all means taking a hard look at the issues we face.
That was the message at Tennessee State Representative Barbara Cooper's town hall meeting Saturday.
The downtown Memphis meeting featured testimony on the long-term effects of unemployment and poverty.
It also brought together a group of people motivated to come up with a plan to find solutions.
Participants will work with Cooper to fine-tune that plan and present it to lawmakers.
“It seems sometimes we know people are unemployed, but it’s kind of blinding, but it’s so much more than that. And we just want to raise up awareness on that, so we can start being involved you know in telling and explaining to our community and our people how important it effects health, it effects everything our safety we talk about blight it effects everything in our lives,” said Cooper.
Other topics at the town hall included job creation, health care and raising minimum wage.