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Statement on Tragic Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2015) — AAMA President Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC) today released the following statement on last night’s tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina:

“The African American Mayors Association offers its prayers to the residents of Charleston and the congregation of Emanuel AME Church in the aftermath of last night’s senseless act of violence. The hateful loss of life in a historic church with a strong legacy as a community bedrock is heartbreaking. As the police investigation continues, I remain hopeful that those responsible will be swiftly brought to justice.“

Media Contact: Everton Morris, AAMA Deputy Executive Director, (202) 670-2018 AAMA@ourmayors.org

U.S. EPA & FERC to Host Webinar on Energy Markets

Generating electricity from power plants is the single largest source of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are working collaboratively to provide an overview of energy markets for communities.  The FERC staff presenter will offer basic information about how the power system operates, how power is bought and sold, and identify who regulates the power system.  Several states requested this training in preparation for the implementation of the final Clean Power Plan.  For more information on the Clean Power Plan, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-proposed-rule.

 

 

Webinar Details:

Date:   June 25, 2015

Time:   1:00-2:30 pm EDT

Register by contacting:  childers.carolyn@epa.gov

 

Presenter from FERC:

Jeffery S. Dennis, Director, Division of Policy Development, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation

 

 

EPA will finalize the Clean Power Plan mid-summer 2015 and a proposed federal plan will be issued at the same time.  This is one of a number of webinars that the EPA, in response to training requests from stakeholders, is conducting before and after the Clean Power Plan is finalized.  This webinar will be posted online for future viewing at www.epa.gov/apti-learn.net.

African American Mayors Association to Hold Press Conference Call

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) will host a conference call with reporters to highlight the impact of the President’s trade agenda on America’s cities. Today, AAMA released a statement urging passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. AAMA mayors will be joined by US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, underscoring the President’s commitment to ensuring American cities are connected to global economic opportunities.

 

WHO:            U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

AAMA President Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC)

AAMA Board of Trustees Member Mayor Bill Bell (Durham, NC)

AAMA Member Mayor Marilyn Strickland (Tacoma, WA)

WHAT:       Conference Call

WHEN:       Tuesday, June 9th at 1:00PM Eastern Time

Please RSVP to Everton Morris, AAMA Deputy Executive Director ( Everton@ourmayors.org ) for call-in information.