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Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson to Announce $1 Million State Budget Allocation to IECF at the State of the Black I.E. Symposium

For immediate release:

Moreno Valley - Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson invites the media to the inaugural State of the Black I.E. Symposium, a pivotal event dedicated to advancing equity, justice, and empowerment within the Inland Empire's Black community.

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Moreno Valley Conference Center

The symposium will feature data-driven presentations and discussions on critical topics affecting the Black community, including:

  • Health: Addressing healthcare disparities and improving community wellness.
  • Housing: Examining housing inequities and solutions for affordable housing.
  • Entrepreneurship: Fostering economic growth and opportunities for Black entrepreneurs.
  • Reparations: Discussing the pursuit of reparative justice and historical reconciliation.

Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson will make a momentous announcement during the event, presenting a $1 million check from the state of California to the Inland Empire Community Foundation's Black Equity Initiative. These funds, allocated in the State Budget through Assemblymember Jackson's dedicated efforts, will be used to support nonprofit organizations in four key areas in the region:

  • Youth Engagement: Investing in the future of Black youth.
  • Data/Research and Narrative/Storytelling: Advancing knowledge and promoting inclusive narratives.
  • Addressing Anti-Black Racism and Mental Health: Combating racism and supporting mental health initiatives.
  • Economic Mobility and Access to Capital: Promoting economic empowerment and financial access.

"Events like the State of the Black I.E. Symposium exemplify the power of dialogue and collaboration. I'm thrilled to announce the allocation of $1 million from the state budget to support the critical work being discussed at this event through nonprofit organizations in the Inland Empire. Together, we can turn conversations into action and drive positive change in our community." - Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson

"We're grateful for this generous funding from the state of California and commend Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson's decision to allocate $1 million to the IE Black Equity Fund," said Michelle Decker, IECF CEO and President. "These funds will significantly increase our capacity to support black-led and serving organizations working to improve the social and economic conditions in the IE’s black community.”

Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson, alongside esteemed speakers and experts, will lead the conversation on charting a path toward a more equitable and just Inland Empire.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend this event to gain valuable insights and engage with leaders committed to positive change in our community.

For press inquiries and RSVP, please contact: Darrell Frye at or call (951) 653-0960