Freedom Institute will hold a special town hall meeting on the upcoming gubernatorial election during Freedom Weekend.

Rev. Wendell Anthony, founder of the Freedom Institute for Economic, Social Justice and People Empowerment, has announced a special Michigan Town Hall meeting during Freedom Weekend IX. It will be held on Thursday, April, 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cobo Conference Center. The theme is “Michigan, What is the Urban Agenda?” Confirmed participants for the forum include Alma Wheeler Smith, state senator; Virg Bernaro, mayor, city of Lansing; Pete Hoekstra, congressman, Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District; Andy Dillon, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Other candidates are still confirming their participation.

Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle and Vickie Thomas of WWJ Newsradio 950 will serve as moderators of the gubernatorial town hall meeting.

“It is important for those who wish to represent the state of Michigan to include the city of Detroit in their vision,” said Anthony. “Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan. We are not in competition for any region; we are a complement to the entire region. It is important for Republicans, Democrats and Independents to speak to the needs of every Michiganian, which includes Detroiters. As we face crisis in home foreclosures, the need for new industry, challenges in our educational system and certainly a demand for jobs, jobs, and more jobs, we need visionary and daring leadership.”

The town all meeting is being presented at no charge. Freedom Weekend IX, scheduled for April 29 through May 1, will have a number of events for the entire family, and everyone throughout the state of Michigan is invited to attend. All events will be held at Cobo Conference Center. Freedom Weekend precedes the 55th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner sponsored by the Detroit Branch NAACP. The theme for this year’s dinner is “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and National Health Care — A Matter of Justice, Privilege or Right?” All events for Freedom Weekend are sponsored by the Freedom Institute, a 501(c) 3 urban think tank.

For further information, please go to the website, or call (313) 347-2834.

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