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HAPPENING TUESDAY: U.S. Rep. Thompson, Lumumba, NAACP to headline town hall on COVID-19 relief aid and issues related to politics, spike in crime

(JACKSON, Miss.) — U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson will join Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, the NAACP and other luminaries at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, as they explore the trillions of stimulus dollars allocated or being proposed for COVID-19 relief and other appropriations.
The event, which will tackle an array of issues, is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and the School of Public Health at Jackson State University.
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What:      COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall … “Deadly Crisis Triggers $2.6 Trillion Relief Aid,”
                 sponsored by JSU College of Health Sciences and School of Public Health
Who:        Congressman Bennie Thompson; Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba; Canton
                  Mayor Dr. William Truly Jr.; Dr. Corey Wiggins, executive director of the Mississippi
                  NAACP; and Dr. Claude Brunson, executive director of the Mississippi State Medical
                  Association, moderator
When:     6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23

Why:        In 2020, Congress appropriated $2.6 trillion to fight public health and economic
                  threats. Six areas accounted for 86 percent of that appropriation: (1) Paycheck
                  Protection Program (PPP); (2) Economic Stabilization and Assistance to Distressed
                  Sectors; (3) unemployment insurance, (4) economic impact payments; (5) Public
                  Health and Social Services Emergency Fund; and (6) Coronavirus Relief Fund.
                  Distinguished panelists will review the impact of the aid package. What’s working
??                 and what needs improvement? They’ll also address why small cities such as
                  Jackson received its aid from the state of Mississippi rather than via direct
                  payments from the federal government as done with New York City or Los
                  Angeles. As well, how is aid helping cities battle a spike in crimes during the 
                  pandemic? Will Democrats pass more aid without GOP support? How are past
                  decisions and politics affecting Americans? These and other salient
                  questions will be explored.