ONE AMERICA OFFICE TO PARTICIPATE IN "CELEBRATING ONE AMERICA"
EVENT ON CAPITOL HILL WITH REPS. RANGEL (D-N.Y.) AND GILMAN (R-N.Y.)
On Thursday, October 14, 1999, the White House Office on the
President's Initiative for One America, will join a bi-partisan coalition
of U.S. Congresspersons including Reps. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and
Benjamin Gilman (R-N.Y.), co-sponsors of "Celebrating One America" (H Con
Res 141), and a number of interested groups, to celebrate the theme of One
America and diverse communities and organizations working together.
Congressman Rangel and Gilman are seeking House approval of H Con Res
141 on Columbus Day, October 12, 1999. The resolution states "that all
people in the U.S. should reach out across our differences in ethnicity,
race, and religion to respect each other and to celebrate, in friendship
and unity, one America."
"On the eve of a new century, our country is more free and equal than
ever before, but we have to keep going until Americans of every background
have a chance to live out their dreams and make the most of their
God-given capacities...until every American has a chance at a good job, a
decent house on a safe street...until every American has a chance to reap
the full rewards of citizenship, in dignity and respect. That is what the
President's vision of one America looks like," said Ben Johnson, Assistant
to the President and Director of the White House Office on the President's
Initiative for One America. "We want to applaud Reps. Gilman and Rangel
for their leadership and the National Italian American Foundation for
leading the effort to organize this event to celebrate One America."
In addition to the Office on the President's Initiative for One
America, several organizations will participate in the event, including:
National Italian American Foundation; American Jewish Committee; Arab
American Institute; National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs; National
Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium; Portuguese American Leadership
Council; B'nai Brith International; Emerald Isle Immigration Center;
Hellenic American Women's Council; National Urban League; National
Federation of Filipino American Associations; and the Leadership
Conference on Civil Rights.
The White House Office on the President's Initiative for One America is
charged with ensuring that the Clinton-Gore Administration has a
coordinated and focused strategy to advance the policies that will close
the opportunity gaps that exist for minorities and the underserved in this
country, and build the One America we want for all of our nation's
children. The office promotes the President's goals of educating the
American public about race, encourages racial reconciliation through
national dialogue on race, identifies policies that can expand
opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities, and coordinates the work
of the White House and federal agencies to carry out the President's
vision of One America.