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600 ACTIVISTS ATTEND DC 37'S SECOND ANNUAL POLITICAL ACTION TRAINING INSTITUTE

 600 ACTIVISTS ATTEND DC 37'S SECOND ANNUAL
 POLITICAL ACTION TRAINING INSTITUTE
 NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 600 DC 37 rank-and- filers gave up a Saturday to go down to their union headquarters to learn how they could become actively involved in the 1992 presidential election process.
 "If we work hard and do our homework, we'll have our dream of taking George Bush out of the White House and having a Democratic administration," challenged DC 37 Political Action Committee Chair and Local 1655 President Donald Afflick, in his welcoming remarks to the union's second annual Political Action Training Institute participants on Saturday, Jan. 11.
 Afflick introduced DC 37 Executive Director Stanley Hill as "a person who is going to help the Democratic National Party to turn this country and this city around." Hill expressed his pride in the large turnout and the members' enthusiastic response and deep commitment to doing all they can to "beat Bush." He commented on the "tremendous amount of respect elected officials and the people of this city have for DC 37's organizational structure in political action and in the 57 locals that comprise 140,000 members." Hill, himself a member of the Democratic National Committee, acknowledged to the attentive audience that "you'll have the incredible responsibility of being in the election process as a delegate or helping people to become delegates."
 Day-long workshop sessions dealt with petitioning and the presidential delegate selection process, voter registration, P.E.O.P.L.E. and P.A.C.s in presidential campaigns and media campaign techniques.
 The highlight of the morning program was a roundtable discussion on "Democrats '92: A Strategy." Moderated by Charles Hughes, chair of the DC 37 P.E.O.P.L.E. Committee and president of Local 372, panelists were: Clarence Norman, leader of the Kings County Democratic Party and State Assemblymember; Mark Steitz, director of research, Democratic National Committee; Stanley Aronowitz, professor of sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; and Nikki Heidepriem, national campaign consultant, firm of Foreman & Heidepriem.
 In his introductions, Hughes noted that Clarence Norman is "the first Afro-American county leader of the great borough of Brooklyn." Democratic Party Leader Norman stressed the importance of the institute's training to inform and educate the members to take the campaign to the streets to help spread the word. The leader's remark that "Yes, the Democrats can win in '92" drew much applause. "Democrats must give George Bush a pink slip in 1992," he added.
 Likewise, Hughes's announcement that the DC 37 P.E.O.P.L.E. Committee had raised over half a million dollars for the International union's P.E.O.P.L.E. program was enthusiastically received. Hughes went on to say, "We need to be talking about how we can stimulate the economy to put people back to work, that's the kind of stuff we need to be talking about with whomever we're going to support for president of the United States."
 DC 37 members listed to one of their own, who they have helped put in office, during the afternoon session, when newly elected Councilperson Una Clarke from the 40th Council District in Brooklyn gave the keynote address. Clarke said she "would never forget where I come from, that I was a Local 371 member, that I'm always part of the DC 37 family." She pledged to her brothers and sisters in the room that "I understand why you elected me, I am committed to why you elected me, I will be an advocate for all of you."
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