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Press Release

Empowerment, Not Entitlement: FreedomWorks Launches a Series of Minority Engagement Townhalls in NC

WHAT: FreedomWorks’ Empower Project is launching a series of townhall events in North Carolina featuring FreedomWorks fellow, Rev. CL Bryant. The townhalls are an opportunity to have a frank discussion about topics, including: entrepreneurship, criminal justice reform, school choice, financial literacy, and growing the economy in urban communities. Each event will begin with comments from Rev. CL Bryant, followed by Q&A from those in attendance.

WHEN: The event series will take place throughout February on the dates listed below. The program is expected to expand the series into additional events in other states throughout March.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:30pm ET: Empower Townhall in West Ahoskie, NC

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm ET: Rev. CL Bryant working lunch with minority farmers and landowners in Ahoskie, NC

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00am ET: Empower Townhall in Roper, NC

WHERE: The events will be taking place in locations across North Carolina. Press looking for the exact event locations should RSVP to Jackie Bodnar at

WHY: Liberal economic policies disproportionately harm the black community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, general unemployment is currently 5.7 percent, while black unemployment is 10.3 percent- almost double the national average. The black teen unemployment rate stands at 29.7 percent. Energy and food price increases fall hardest on minority households across the nation.

FreedomWorks’ ongoing Empower project is a citizen engagement program to educate individuals of all races, colors and creeds on issues of economic empowerment, and the many benefits that free enterprise can have on families and communities across America. For more information, please visit or contact Jackie Bodnar at