Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Gov. Rendell r u feeling the heat?

Call for Balance on Stimulus Oversight Committee

Action Alert Update!

WGF will be taking part in a press conference on Thursday April 16th @ 1:45pm at the United Steelworker's Building, hosted by State Rep. Chelsa Wagner and Representative Jake Wheatley, to insist on geographic, racial and gender balance on the Stimulus Oversight Commission created by Governor Rendell to monitor stimulus spending.

Last week, we asked you to take action and contact Governor Rendell about the lack of gender diversity on the committee. Composed of 14 appointees of the Governor, the Commission currently includes one minority member and one female member.

Speakers addressing these important issues include:

* State Rep. Jake Wheatley, 19th District
* Fred Redmond, United Steelworkers
* Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation
* Celeste Taylor, Racial Equity Monitoring Project
* Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Pennsylvania NOW
* Tim Stevens, Black Political Empowerment Project

"Women and racial minorities-groups that have been disproportionately affected by the recession-are woefully underrepresented on this Commission. Business and civic leaders from these groups need a voice in this process, and I am happy they will be joining me to address this vital matter," Rep. Wagner said.

Rep. Wagner and these community leaders will urge groups with appointments to the Commission either change their representatives to reflect Pennsylvania's diversity, or that Governor Rendell expands the Commission to include a greater diversity of members.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Chelsea, and the Women and Girls Foundation!