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April 30, 2001

Mobilizing Grassroots Efforts

A diverse group of school choice organizations are sponsoring an all-day conference to help educate the community to effectively advocate school choice. The conference will be held on

Saturday, May 5, 2001
9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours School
5450 Roosevelt Boulevard

This conference will provide an opportunity to meet fellow supporters of School Choice: parents, community leaders, educators, clergy, elected officials and others. It will discuss the "how to" organize, lobby legislators, and solidify grassroots efforts.

The agenda is as follows:

9:15 a.m. Welcome remarks

9:30 a.m. Opening Address by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua,
Archbishop of Philadelphia

10:00 a.m. Update on School Choice Legislation by Chris Bravacos,
President of the Reach Alliance

10:30 a.m. Session A: Primed for Advocacy: Organizing Your School/Church/Community
Session B: Keys to Successfully Lobbying Your Legislators
Guest Panelists: State Representatives Dwight Evans, John Taylor, Dennis O'Brien

12 Noon Lunch and Keynote Addresses by State Representatives Dwight Evans and Dennis O'Brien

1:00 p.m. Panel discussion with Questions and Answers

2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Sponsored by: Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, Arab-American Development Corporation, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights, Citizens for Educational Freedom, The Commonwealth Foundation, Concerned Citizens of Southeast DelCo, Diocese of Allentown, Diocese of Harrisburg, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Diocese of Scranton, Donahue Family Foundation, Philadelphia Coalition for Education Reform and School Choice, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, Pennsylvania Family Institute, Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, REACH Alliance, Toward Tradition, and Urban Family Council.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director

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