2002-05-04 / Community

Urban Campfire Meeting Held

Urban Campfire Meeting Held

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks recently assembled local elected officials and community leaders, media mogul and Hollis, Queens native Russell Simmons, technology notable Darien dash for New York City’s first Urban Campfire Town Hall Meeting "Creating A New America." York College Performing Arts Center, located in Jamaica, Queens was filled with Congressman Meeks’ younger constituents and their parents who are confronting genuine moral conflict because of the terrorist attacks and are concerned about their future.

"After the events of September 11th, and all that transpired since, many Americans have discovered a newfound reason to become more knowledgeable about actions taken by their government. The purpose of this event is to truly reach out to younger Americans and understand what they expect of me and other community leaders. As America moves forward with fighting the War on Terrorism, providing an education system that offers the keys of success to every child regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or class, improving a health care system that ensures the best medical care for every American, regardless of their financial status, and more," stated Meeks.

Consider that thousands of children lost family members and friends; millions more lost a sense of security that until then had seemed a national birthright. Urban Campfire Town Hall host Kwame Anku is designed to create dialoguer with young adults and is a cross between Oprah and MTV that brings together a diverse cross section of young adults with celebrities and cultural icons. To date, Urban Campfire has produced events in Los Angeles, Oakland and Washington, D.C.

Congressman Meeks further stated, "Our youth also must manage issues that affect their parents including stress, security, lost of loved ones, unemployment, and a sense of uncertainty. Today hearing my younger constituents voice their views on issues that are important to them will provide me and other participants with a better understanding of how we should lead. It is our hope that today’s event meeting will inspire young people to get involved in serving their community and country. Moreover, as a member of Congress and a father of three children, I am encouraged that today’s discussion began the healing process by communicating personal fears, hopes and dreams in the aftermath of a national tragedy."

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