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EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to host town hall meeting at Mocha Moms, Inc. 'Parent Nation'

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, President Obama's cabinet member in charge of environmental protection, will host a town hall style forum during Parent Nation. This event is free and open to the public.


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EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to host town hall meeting at Mocha Moms, Inc. “Parent Nation” Conference
Local event on the impact of the environment on children's health is free and open to the public

Las Vegas, NV –July 12 –Mocha Moms, Inc., the national non-profit organization that supports at-home mothers of color, has announced that EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, President Obama's cabinet member in charge of environmental protection, will host a town hall style forum during its national conference in Las Vegas, July 21-24 at the Bally's Paris Hotel.  Ms. Jackson will talk on Saturday, July 23 about EPA initiatives to protect the environment and reduce potential health hazards to women and children. Mocha Moms Inc. National President Kuae Mattox will moderate and open the floor to audience questions. This is the only conference event that will be free and open to the public.

As the first African American to serve as EPA Administrator, Jackson has made it a priority to expand outreach into communities that are historically underrepresented in environmental action, including children, the elderly and low-income communities. Jackson is the mother of two boys, one of whom has asthma. Administrator Jackson's talk will be one of the highlights of Mocha Moms' Saturday event, PARENT NATION 2011: Strategies for Raising Successful Children.  Parent Nation will be a fun, action-packed day for parents, child care providers and educators with a wide range of sessions on topics including bullying, building a better parent-child relationship, and getting your child organized, among others.  Amy Chua, bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, will be the day's keynote luncheon speaker. Both Administrator Jackson and Chua have been named on Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world. The Presenting conference sponsors are Wells Fargo and Tide.

Parent Nation participants are invited to an end of the day screening and reception for the upcoming DreamWorks movie, The Help, slated to hit theaters nationwide August 10.  Special guest will be veteran actress, Octavia Spencer, best known for her recurring role on ABC's Ugly Betty, who plays the unflappable Minny Jackson in the much anticipated movie.

For more information about Mocha Moms, Inc. and the Mocha Moms, Inc. National Conference or to register for Parent Nation 2011, visit  www.mochamoms.org.


About Mocha Moms
Mocha Moms, Inc. was founded in 1997 by four mothers of color in Maryland who saw the need for a growing segment of stay at home mothers of color to connect and support each other. Today, the fast growing national, non-profit organization has 100 chapters and more than 3,000 members in 29 states throughout the country, as well as partnerships with such organizations as the America's Promise Alliance, the Black Women's Health Imperative, Be The Match (formerly the National Marrow Donor Program) and PBS Kids. The primary mission of Mocha Moms, Inc. is to support and encourage women of color who are making parenting a priority in this season in their lives. Its platform includes strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations and volunteerism. All chapters are actively engaged in a wide range of community service, including mentoring students, hosting educational summits, financial forums and healthy moms symposiums, and setting up reading nooks in barbershops and beauty shops throughout the country as part of the groundbreaking national initiative Boys Booked on Barbershops.

Mocha Moms, Inc. welcomes people of all genders, religions, races, educational backgrounds, and income levels. Anyone who supports the mission of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join.  Mocha Moms, Inc. has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC's Nightline, Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Essence, Ebony and JET.



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