Saying jobs and the economy must become central to the economic debate, and responding to continued high levels of unemployment, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) launched a “For the People” Jobs Initiative Monday, including nationwide job fairs and town hall meetings.

The initiative kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio with a job fair and town hall at Cleveland State University, hosted by Rep. Marcia Fudge.

“Recently, the CBC Members unanimously introduced the Congressional Black Caucus ‘For the People’ Jobs Initiative Resolution (H. Res. 348) to encourage the House of Representatives to immediately consider and pass critical jobs legislation to address the growing jobs crisis throughout America,” CBC Chairman Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II said on Friday, in response to the release of July jobs numbers. “We want to get 10,000 people hired. There is no time to waste. The time to act is now, and we are on the move.”

More than 120 employers have registered to participate in the jobs fairs, and more than 30 members of the CBC will take part in town halls in Cleveland (August 8t, Detroit (August 16), Atlanta (August 18-19), Miami (August 22-23) and Los Angeles (August 30). Information on the town halls can be found below, and you can participate via TheGrio’s Facebook page. Selected questions from Facebook will be asked directly to members of Congress during the town halls.

Complete town hall schedule:

Cleveland, Ohio
August 8
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Host
Cleveland State University – Student Center
2121 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

Detroit, Michigan
August 16
Congressmen John Conyers and Hansen Clarke, Hosts
Wayne County Community College, Downtown Campus
1001 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI, 48211

Atlanta, Georgia
August 18
Congressman John Lewis, Host
1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Miami, Florida
August 22-23
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Host
Job Fair – James L. Knight Center, Downtown Miami
400 SE 2nd Avenue # 3, Miami, FL 33131-2116
Town Hall – Mount Herman AME Church
17800 Northwest 25th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33056-3656

Los Angeles, California
August 30-31
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Host
The Crenshaw Christian Center
7901 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90044

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