Special events are planned all week long to make the first annual National Consumer Education Week. Government agencies, consumer and community groups, schools, business and labor will hold programs to familiarize the public with consumer laws and rights and increase consumer awareness.
In his proclamation, President Carter said that "just as our democratic political system needs well-informed citizens, our free economy needs well-informed consumers who can participate effectively in the marketplace partnerships among consumers, government and business."
White House consumer affairs official Ester Peterson and Hispanic affairs official Esteban Torres will conduct a briefing on Consumer Education Week at 9:30 this morning. This will be followed at 10:45 by a White House ceremony, presided over by Rosalyn Carter, officially launching the event.
A committee of consumer advocates in business, education and labor, called the Committee in Support of National Consumer Education Week will sponsor a consumer education forum at the Capital Hilton beginning at 11:45 a.m. Panel discussions, demonstrations and speeches by consumer experts will highlight the days program.
The Federal Communications Commission is planning to hold a workshop on the commission and the rulemaking process on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Room 856, 1919 M St. NW. On Wednesday, Patti Grace, chief of the FCC's consumer assistance division, will moderate a program entitled "Communications: Connecting the World" featuring films and panel discussions on new communications technology, 10 a.m., Fine Arts Theater, 1919 M St. NW.For more information, call 632-7000.