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September 25, 2008

The National Coalition Of 100 Black Women Long Island Chapter Inc. Presents 2008 Presidential Issues Forum

LI Chapter of 100 Black Women Brings CNN's Donna Brazile and
Newsday 's Les Payne to Campus

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Long Island Chapter Inc., in partnership with over 18 Long Island civic organizations, will host its highly anticipated two-day 2008 Presidential Issues Forum on October 1, 2008 and October 9, 2008 at Farmingdale State College.

The two-day event, held in Roosevelt Hall, will include issues panels, a 'Meet the Candidates' forum, and a grand finale Vanguard Speaker Address given by Donna Brazile , CNN political commentator and former campaign manager of the 2000 presidential campaign of Vice President Al Gore. Ms. Brazile is the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign. Les Payne, former Newsday columnist, award-winning journalist and blogger will host the Vanguard Speaker Address.

Designed to encourage Long Islanders to participate in the 2008 General Election, the non-partisan 2008 Presidential Issues Forum will give candidates and residents/voters an opportunity to meet and discuss the crucial issues of the day: health care, education and the economy.

The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited.

On Wednesday, October 1,from 7:00-9:30 p.m., the Candidates Forum will kickoff the 2008 Presidential Issues Forum, with local, state and federal candidates who will outline their platform and answer questions from across Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk Counties).

On Thursday, October 9, from 12:30 - 5:00 p.m., three issues panels covering Education, Health Care and Economic Development will feature expert panelists who will have interactive discussions with attendees on issues that Americans across the nation have indicated should be priorities for the next President of the United States . The panels/topics of discussion will include the following: Health Care Access, Education Access and Economic Development Opportunity/Financial Stability.

The panel presentations will conclude with a summary report. At 6:00 p.m., the closing plenary session's Vanguard Speaker Address will be delivered by, CNN correspondent and world-renowned political strategist, Donna Brazile.

Known as one of the best political strategist in American politics today, Ms. Brazile's amazing life and experience in politics led her to be the first African American woman to manage a presidential campaign-Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 2000. Currently, a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN, Brazile can also be heard regularly sharing her wisdom and political expertise on National Public Radio's "Political Corner." Ms. Brazile is the Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all citizens to participate in the electoral process. She is the best selling author of the autobiographical, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics and the Founder and Managing Director of Brazile and Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington, DC.

For over twenty years the NCBW-Long Island Chapter's mission has been to empower women of African descent to take action in rebuilding the communities in which they live. The Candidates Forum, recognized as a must attend event, provides an opportunity for Long Island residents/voters to engage in the political process by meeting, listening and challenging candidates vying for public office on the local, state and federal levels. Not only is the 2008 presidential election one of historical value with the first African American seeking the Presidency and first female candidate seeking the office of Vice President of the United States. This political year has empowered millions of new voters to become registered.

Many Americans are in precarious situations in which they demand relief on issues ranging from health care to gas prices. They are listening to every word and watching every move of candidates seeking public office. "This nonpartisan voter education forum builds on our annual Meet the Candidates' event and takes the next step in our on-going commitment to ensure significant debate and effective action. The fact that so many local groups have joined us as sponsoring partners speaks to the high interest in this year's election," said Grace Bake, President of NCBW Long Island Chapter Inc.

"The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter works to bring greater focus to the policy issues that affect all Americans but have an even greater impact on women of African descent and their families. That includes access to health care, the rising cost of energy, the availability of quality education and financial stability "Our ultimate goal with the 2008 Presidential Issues Forum is to inform, engage and motivate Long Islanders to participate in the 2008 General election," said Julie Dade Howard, President-Elect.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter, Inc., a 501 C3 tax exempt organization, was organized in 1981 by an illustrious group of black women with the vision to ensure a role for women of African descent in the mainstream of Long Island's economy. The organization advocates on behalf of women of color through local and national actions and strategic alliances that promote leadership development on gender equity in health, education and economic development. After twenty-five years, this vision remains the focus of the organization.

For event information or sponsorship opportunities and/or for more information on the NCBW, Long Island Chapter Inc. please contact Julie Dade Howard at LI100BW@msn.com or (516) 650-1581 and/or visit www.li100bw.com . For media inquiries contact TaylorMade Media at (516) 285-4999, info@taylormademediapr.com. Click here to view event flyer.