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Politicians attend Inglewood 'Kitchen Table Summit'

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Unemployment, the faltering economy and the discord in Congress gave voters plenty to vent about at the "Kitchen Table Summit" held at Inglewood High School Saturday.

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) were there to listen to voter frustrations at the packed summit.

More than a thousand people showed up to have their say.

The jobless rate for African-Americans is almost 16 percent. Officials say in some communities like Inglewood, it's closer to 35 percent.

Waters told the crowd she's ready to fight, especially those currently controlling the House of Representatives.

"I'm not afraid of anybody," said Waters. "This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the 'tea party' can go straight to hell."

The crowd liked that line.

Waters, Bass and Richardson announced a large Los Angeles job fair scheduled for the end of the month.

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