Hosting a Town Hall Meeting
This week, I hosted a town hall meeting at the Burton Callicott Auditorium at the Memphis College of Art, honored Korean War hero Private Edward O. Clearborn, had an educational lunch with former moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press Marvin Kalb, spoke to the Memphis Retired Teachers Association, taped two upcoming TV appearances in Memphis, and remembered country music legend Glen Campbell. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Hosting a Town Hall Meeting
On Saturday, I hosted a town hall meeting at the Burton Callicott Auditorium at the Memphis College of Art. I appreciated having this opportunity to listen to the Ninth District’s perspective on a variety of issues facing our community. I would like to thank everyone who took part in the democratic process last weekend by attending the town hall meeting in person as well as those who tuned in on Facebook Live. I would also like to thank Dr. Art Sutherland and Dr. Roger LaBonte for joining me in answering your questions about health care. I know there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding this issue as Republicans attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In case you missed it, you can watch the full town hall meeting here.
August 15th is “Private Edward O. Cleaborn Day” in Memphis. I was proud to help secure a HOPE VI federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to renovate the Clearborn Apartments in Memphis and ensure the apartments remained named after this Korean War hero.
Edward Obern Cleaborn entered the Army on February 13, 1950 at the age of 17 because “he couldn’t find a job.” On August 15, 1950, near Kuri, Korea, Private Cleaborn and the 34th All Negro GI Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division attacked a ridge on which the enemy was occupying. His platoon was pinned down almost immediately by machine-gun fire. Private Cleaborn killed the machine gun crews and other enemy troops who attempted to re-man the guns. Far East Command Headquarters said, “Cleaborn single-handedly wiped out red-gun crews threatening his unit.” Disregarding burns on his hands from continuous firing, Private Cleaborn remained on the ridge to cover his platoon’s withdrawal and permit the evacuation of the wounded. He continued firing from this position, thus denying the enemy access to adjacent higher ground, until he was mortally wounded.
For his heroism, Private Edward O. Cleaborn was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, and posthumously the Distinguished Service Cross.
The annual memorial in Memphis in his honor will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 2pm-6pm at the Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing (440 S. Lauderdale Street, Memphis, TN 38126).
On Wednesday, I had the privilege of having an educational lunch with Marvin Kalb, one of the greatest journalists and a former moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. Mr. Kalb and I discussed President Trump, North Korea, Richard Nixon, Congress, authoritarianism, the state of the freedom of the press, and our Jewish heritage.
On Thursday, I spoke to the Memphis Retired Teachers Association. I gave them an update on health care, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, tax reform and efforts on education in Congress.
Tonight at 7pm CT, I’ll be on WKNO’s Behind the Lines where I’ll discuss tax reform, health care and President Trump with Bill Dries of Memphis Daily News and WKNO host Eric Barnes. On Sunday at 9am CT, I’ll be on Local 24’s This Week with Brandon Artiles to discuss health care, President Trump, North Korea and other issues affecting Memphis.
On Tuesday, country music legend Glen Campbell passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. Glen and his family courageously carried a message about Alzheimer’s and its costs to his fans through his farewell tour. He was a great singer/songwriter and spirit. My thoughts are with him and his family.
My video posted by NowThis Politics has now been viewed over 3 million times, has more than 73,000 likes, more than 54,400 shares, and more than 5,800 comments. I also gained more than 5,000 new followers on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter at @RepCohen. In case you missed the video, you can watch it here.
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In light of the tense situation in North Korea, the quote this week comes from Albert Einstein:
Each week, I share a health tip in the hopes of promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents of the Ninth Congressional District. As always, it is best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, there are certain steps you can take to help treat and care for your loved ones who have been diagnosed and allow them to live a more comfortable life. Learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease and what steps can be taken here.
As always, I remain.