First Unitarian-OKC begins new forum series (NewsOK)

By Carla Hinton

“Both Sides of the Issue,” a new monthly  forum series, begins Thursday, March 23, at First Unitarian Church 600 NW 13.

Two panelists will discuss “The Pros and Cons of a $15 Minimum Wage” in the first forum on Thursday.

Church leaders said the “Both Sides of the Issue” series was created to foster civic literacy, civic engagement and to present both sides of  controversial issues in a moderated, reasoned exchange. 

Monthly panels will present issues on the fourth Thursday of each

month.  Complimentary dinner will be provided from 6 to 6:30 p.m.  The

presentation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

Thursday, Trent England, vice president for strategic initiatives at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), will discuss the negative aspects that a $15 per hour minimum wage would have on the entire economy.  England hosts The Trent England Show from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays on 1640 AM “The Eagle” Radio.

Trent England

David Blatt, Ph.D.,  executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute based in Tulsa, will speak in favor of a $15 per hour minimum wage. Blatt helped found the Oklahoma Policy Institute in 2008 and became its executive director in 2010.

David Blatt

Kristen King will moderate.  King is an organizer who has been affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation for 17 years and serves as the lead organizer of Voices Organized In Civic Engagement (VOICE), a coalition of congregations and other civic groups that work on issues facing individuals and families in the greater Oklahoma City metro area.

For more information about “Both Sides of the Issue,”, call First Unitarian Church at 232-9224.

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