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Women are hearing focus

Jack Levine, executive director of the Florida Center for Children and Youth, will speak on the economic status of women and children at a public hearing on Economic Alternatives from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College.

Enhancing the social and economic power of women and setting up or strengthening projects and policies at the local, state and national levels to improve their economic position are the hearing's goals.

Registration for the hearing will begin at 8 a.m.

Church Women United, USA will sponsor the hearing, along with HCC and other groups.

The hearing is one of eight in the United States. The Central Florida hearing is the second one and will be used as a model. About 200 women are expected.

Madie Scales, state chairwoman for ecumenical action in Florida for Church Women United, and Alma Hires, dean of community affairs for the HCC Plant City campus, are directing the event.

Local, county and state politicians have been invited and will hear testimony about rural problems, urban issues and suggested solutions. Resources for training and education and legislative updates will be presented.

The hearing is free. The campus is off Interstate 4, Exit 14, on Park Road.

For information, call Mercedes Fox at 686-2456.

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