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Deneen Borelli Leads Empower Outreach Program in NC

On March 28, I had the pleasure of hosting an Empower panel discussion in Durham, North Carolina.

The successful event in Durham helped advance the goals of the outreach program which is to educate black Americans on the impact of government policies on their community.

Panel participants included: anesthetist Mrs. Felice Pete; nineteen year old college student Mr. Markeece Young; small business owner Mr. Jonathan Smith, Jr.; healthcare consultant Mr. Joel Hopkins; and Army veteran and civil rights leader Mr. Clarence Henderson. In 1960, Mr. Henderson was one of three black men that staged a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The panelists represented an extremely diverse group with respect to age, education and life experiences. They discussed the education system, black unemployment, and the consequences of energy regulations on the black community.

The turnout and energy in the room was fantastic. Each panel member had a heartfelt story to tell which made the event not only informative but personal.

During the discussion, the panelists faulted the education system for failing the community and contributing to the high black unemployment rate. They also commented on the failure of blacks to take advantage of opportunities in the skilled trades jobs industry and how high energy prices preferentially harms black Americans.

Finally, panel members urged attendees to get involved in their communities with several suggestions such as attending city council meetings, joining school boards, running for public office, and reaching out to their representatives to address the challenges facing black communities.

Originally posted at FreedomWorks

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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