Press Release for Thursday, October 17, 2013

UNF Millennial Tour Engages Students on National Debt

Media Contact:                                                             

Joanna Norris, Associate Director                                        

Department of Public Relations                                                

(904) 620-2102

While Washington policymakers continue to battle over the federal budget, members of the millennial generation will come together at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the University of North Florida Student Union Auditorium, Building 58W, Room 2704, to view the screening of "Overdraft" and hear a panel discussion with fiscal leaders to learn about the alarming threat that young people face from the nation's growing debt and how to pressure their leaders for solutions.

 

This event is part of a five-week, cross-country "Generational Equity Tour"organized by The Can Kicks Back (TCKB), a non-partisan campaign led by young people that advocates for a fiscally sustainable and generationally equitable federal budget. TCKB has 100-plus chapters in 38 states across the country ready to mobilize young people to fight for their future and send their messages to Washington.

 

The "Generational Equity Tour"follows the release of a new TCKB report that revealed the true size of the national debt, including future unfunded obligations, which exceeds $200 trillion. The tour is building support for a bipartisan piece of legislation, the INFORM Act, which would require the government to annually disclose this information.

 

The panel discussion consists of Bob Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition; Paul Stebbins, World Fuel Services chief executive officer; and Rev. John Allen Newman, senior pastor of The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary in Jacksonville. The panel will be moderated by Ryan Schoenike, The Can Kicks Back co-founder.

 

"The Can Kicks Back" booth will be set up noon to 4 p.m. on the Student Union Osprey Plaza, followed by the documentary screening and the panel discussion. Pizza will be served at the event, and all attendees will be provided with a free DVD copy of "Overdraft."

 

   "The Can Kicks Back" is a non-partisan, millennial-driven campaign to defeat the national debt and reclaim the American Dream. Launched in November 2012, TCKB organized 100-plus chapters in more than 38 states and championed the bipartisan INFORM Act. For more information, visit www.TheCanKicksBack.org.

 

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.

 

 

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