MEDIA ADVISORY: At news conference on WPA's 75th anniversary, groups will support new public jobs programs

The New Deal's public jobs program still offers a model to end the recession, 75 years later. This Thursday's event will feature WPA and CCC participants who were provided jobs under the program.

WHO: NC Justice Center, professors from NC State University and Duke, workers who were provided jobs by WPA 75 years agoAFL-CIO, NAACP, a representative from Gov. Beverly Perdue's office (invited), the Raleigh Peoples' Assembly and more

WHAT: A news conference on the 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration
WHEN:  Thursday, April 8, 11 a.m.
WHERE: NC Justice Center, large conference room, 224 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, 27611
Short tour of nearby Raleigh WPA spots will be available for photography/video

RALEIGH (April 8, 2010) -- After 75 years, the Works Progress Administration still represents a proven strategy to help working families and end the Great Recession.

This Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the WPA's creation, economists, anti-poverty groups and organized labor will celebrate the New Deal's achievements while arguing in favor of new public investments to create jobs and boost the economy. Also participating will be workers who were provided jobs by WPA generations ago.

The WPA built lasting infrastructure like the Blue Ridge Parkway, enhanced natural monuments that North Carolinians still enjoy today such as Umstead State Park, and put a generation of young men to work, helping to end the Great Depression.

Today, we have an opportunity to follow this model - to create jobs immediately and build lasting projects that will benefit North Carolina generations from now.

Speakers will examine the history of the WPA in North Carolina, explain why a series of new public works projects is necessary, and explore potential policies in the tradition of the WPA that would help all North Carolinians struggling in the current recession.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, communications director, 919.836.2402 (office) 503.551.3615 (mobile),; Ajamu Dillahunt, 919.856.3194,

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Draft Agenda for WPA 75th Anniversary Event
Welcome and Introductions      Justice Center   (5 minutes)

WPA/CCC in North Carolina   David Zonderman, North Carolina State University       (10 minutes)

Public Jobs and Economic Recovery     Sandy Darity, Duke University (10 minutes

North Carolina and Jobs today/Jobs Summit     Governor's Office   (3-5 minutes)

A Public Jobs Program for Today                     NC-AFL-CIO             (5 minutes)

Introduction of WPA/CCC Participants (brief statement about each from the moderator)    (5 minutes)

A Voice of Today's Unemployed                      Raleigh Peoples Assembly        (3 minutes)