Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Keystone Progress leads PA delegation to White House on Friday

150 Pennsylvanians to meet with Administration officials to discuss issues

(HARRISBURG)—Keystone Progress (KP), Pennsylvania’s largest online progressive organizations, has been invited by the White House to organize a delegation of Pennsylvanians for a Community Leaders Briefing  (CLB) in the White House this Friday.

The goals of the White House Community Leaders Briefing Series are:

·         To ensure the public is well-informed about government policies and programs and how they can utilize these resources; 
·         To ensure that the White House is hearing from the public about how government policies and programs can serve them better;To brief leaders on the tools and resources available to their communities, so that they can return home better armed to connect individuals to the policies and programs of the federal government.

The delegation will meet with senior officials in the morning, likely including cabinet members and close advisors to President Obama.  A recent CLB included meetings with Lisa Jackson (Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency), David Plouffe and Valerie Jarrett (Senior Advisors and Assistants to the President).  This week’s CLB will include people at that level who will spend the morning listening to concerns and answering questions from the PA delegation.

Keystone Progress is leading the PA delegation of 150 leaders.  Those participating come from 22 counties and represent dozens of KP partner organizations, including United Food and Commercial Workers 1776, Education Voters PA, SEIU Healthcare PA, Know Your Care and Equality PA.

That session will be followed by a tour of the East Wing.  The afternoon will be spent in smaller group meetings with Administration officials focused on issues such as education, jobs, LGBT concerns and immigration.

Keystone Progress is Pennsylvania’s largest online progressive organization, with over 270,000 subscribers.  KP uses the internet and new media to organize online at the state and local level; and utilizes cutting-edge earned media strategies to promote a progressive agenda and counter right-wing misinformation. 

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