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Protest For Jobs

The lack of jobs and funding in the African American community had more than 100 people marching from the MLK Center to the Erie Community Foundation.
The lack of jobs and funding in the African American community had more than 100 people marching from the MLK Center to the Erie Community Foundation.

Bishop Dwane Brock also wanted to hand deliver a letter to the head of the foundation.

The letter says thousands of dollars have been spent on studies on how to improve the African American community, and Bishop Brock says enough of the studies, he wants action.

Bishop Brock says he has requested a sum of money be set aside from the Erie Community Foundation.

He’s asking The Erie Community Foundation for 3 million dollars.

Those dollars are to be set aside for African American agendas in the African American community.

Mike Batchelor, President of The Erie Community Foundation was not in town today so the letter was handed over to George Espy, VP of Community Impact.

Espy said a meeting was held last week dealing with job creation in the African American community and Bishop Brock was invited but did not attend.

But The Bishop says he wants to deal directly with Mike Batchelor.

Bishop Brock said there will also be a strong showing at this weeks Erie County Council meeting to talk about the lack of jobs and funding in the African American community.

And Bishop Brock said he's prepared to bring a thousand people to Erie if need be and to tap into his national connections that would include Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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