Monday, September 27, 2004

Mississippi Participating in Nationwide Discussion as part of “The People Speak”

As part of the nationwide effort to include all Americans in the discussion of America’s role in the world, interested citizens of Mississippi will gather to discuss Energy Choices and Environmental Challenges. Sponsored by the Mississippi Policy Forum, the event will be held on Monday, October 4 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM at the Eudora Welty Library, 300 North State Street in Jackson.

The program will feature guest panelists State Representative Jamie Franks, Chairman of the Conservation and Water Resources Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives; Mr. Louie Miller, State Director of the Sierra Club; and Ms. Vicky Sullivan, Environmental Issues Manager for the Southern Company. The panel discussion will last thirty minutes, followed by approximately one hour reserved for audience interaction. The event is free and open to the general public. All Mississippians concerned about energy and environmental policies should attend and voice their opinions. For a background overview on the topic, click here. (Link will open an Acrobat file.)

As the 2004 Presidential election approaches, American citizens are shaping the growing discourse on America’s leadership in the world. The People Speak series offers an opportunity for the citizens of Mississippi to get involved in the discussion of these critical issues, to explore how aspects of these policies affect their lives and communities, and to help guide the course of America’s role in the world.

The United Nations Foundation and a nonpartisan, broad-based coalition of concerned organizations created The People Speak in 2003 to provide forums for Americans to participate in the discussions of policies affecting their future. Building on the success of last year’s series, which culminated in over 2,000 discussions across the U.S., the 2004 initiative will engage universities, religious organizations, community groups, editorial writers, think tanks, concerned citizens and others to participate in a public discourse on U.S. foreign policy. For more information on how to join the dialogue, please visit the Web site at


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