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Marc Morial Selects L.A. as Urban League’s Newest City for its National Jobs Rebuild America Initiative
By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. Sentinel Executive Editor
Published April 24, 2014


Marc Morial the National President and CEO of the Urban League announced on Thursday April 17, that it has selected Los Angeles and Los Angeles Chapter of the Urban League as the latest city to participate in its national Jobs Rebuild America Initiative.

 Marc Morial the National President and CEO of the Urban League announced on Thursday April 17, that it has selected Los Angeles and Los Angeles Chapter of the Urban League as the latest city to participate in its national Jobs Rebuild America Initiative.

 Morial who granted the Los Angeles Sentinel an exclusive interview to discuss this announcement, said that the selection of Los Angeles to be a sub-grantee of this program was made in part because the city plays such a vital role in the economic recovery of America as well as a demonstration of the support, confidence and faith that the National Urban League has in Los Angeles Urban League President Nolan Rollins.  

 “Nolan has done an outstanding job of righting the ship at the Los Angeles Urban League and we are excited to be able to support his endeavors by offering his office the resources that this initiative brings,” said Morial.

“This award is an endorsement of our support for the comeback of the Los Angeles Urban League.”

 The Jobs Rebuild America Initiative will provide job training, entrepreneur and small business support as well as child care and other support services to the Los Angeles community. The services and resources provided by the national office is part of a 50 cities program that Morial and the National Urban League launched a little over two years ago.  The initiative has already been launched in Cleveland, New Orleans and Philadelphia.  Los Angeles is the fourth city selected to participate in the program. 

 In 2011, the National Urban League launched a 12-Point Jobs Plan to Put America Back to Work.  In 2012, they issued a public call for immediate national action around the education and job-training steps necessary to achieve these goals.  The Urban League believes that any serious discussion about the creation of jobs and economic opportunity must account for the basic shortcomings of our current national approach to education, from early education to adulthood, and beyond.  This list of practical and actionable ideas the initiative will bring is a recommended approach to solving America’s crisis in education and unemployment and is designed to spark serious discussion, while also serving as a policy playbook ready for action today.

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“While ‘too big to fail’ corporations went into the bail-out emergency room and recovered to break earnings and stock market records, most Americans have been left in ICU with multiple diagnoses of unemployment, underemployment, home losses and foreclosures, low or no savings and retirement accounts, credit denials, cuts in education and school funding—and the list of maladies continues,” said Morial. The Jobs Rebuild America Initiative is designed to help stem the tide of this inequity for both Los Angeles and the nation.

Morial added that “Nolan Rollins is one of the Urban League’s strongest leaders.  There is no one better equipped to lead our organization through these critical times here in Southern California.  Los Angeles is an important part of the overall success of our organization and I am confident of what Nolan can and will do to impact this community in a positive way using this initiative as a cornerstone for rebuilding the organization here in Los Angeles”.

Morial is coming to Los Angeles to announce the initiative and to participate in this year’s Whitney M. Young Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday April 25. 

“The National Jobs Rebuild America Initiative has been a success in other cities and will be a success in Los Angeles because the Urban League in partnership with our corporate partners and with the support of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)-The Black Press of America has been able to demonstrate the critical need for African Americans and other communities of color to play a key role in the economic recovery of the country,” Morial said.

“The Los Angeles Urban League is one of the crown Jewels of our organization and I have the utmost confidence that under the leadership of Nolan Rollins the Urban League Los Angeles will remain an institution at the top of the list agencies known for bringing resources and doing the vital work needed to sustain our community and bring our people forward through these challenging economic times.”



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