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CONFERENCE EXAMINES RACE AND BIGOTRY IN ELECTION PROCESS

 CONFERENCE EXAMINES RACE AND BIGOTRY IN ELECTION PROCESS
 DETROIT, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- How will congressional redistricting


change the make-up of the House of Representatives? Will recent events in Los Angeles shift the focus of the presidential race from the middle class to the minorities and the poor? Is it possible to prod an apathetic electorate to the polls this election year?
 A panel of experts will attempt to answer these and other questions at an upcoming New Detroit conference titled, "American Politics and Race: Taking Bigotry Out of the Election Process." The half-day seminar will be held on Thursday, May 21, at the University of Detroit Mercy Conference Center, 8200 West Outer Drive at Southfield, beginning at 8 a.m.
 According to Vivian Buffington, director of race relations at New Detroit, Inc., "The goal of this discussion is to motivate participants to involve themselves in activities that reduce racial friction and other intergroup tensions during the election process."
 The conference will begin with an opening general session, at which Wade Henderson, director of the NAACP's Washington, D.C., bureau and an expert in the areas of politics and race, will give the keynote address. Afterward, participants will attend one of five workshop sessions dealing with such topics as: "The Impact of Race on Redistricting"; "Voter Motivation"; "Barriers to Voting"; "Media's Treatment of Candidates and Issues"; and "Campaign Strategies Without Bias."
 Speakers at the workshops include: Earnest Bradley and Jerome L. Reide, NAACP; Carla Gaines, WJBK-TV 2; Elena Herrada, Race Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit; Nancy Isserman, Committee on Decent Unbiased Campaign Tactics (CONDUCT); Mark Lett, The Detroit News; and Marianne McGuire and Zana Nemeh, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS). After the breakout sessions, the conference will wrap up over lunch with discussion and feedback.
 "American Politics and Race" is the third annual race relations seminar sponsored by New Detroit, Inc., as called for by the Detroit Strategic Plan. Admission is free.
 For more information, call New Detroit Vice President Lois Work at 313-496-2014, or Blanca Sosa, deputy director of race relations at New Detroit, 313-496-2050.
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 /CONTACT: John Huls, 313-496-2027, Lois Work, 313-496-2014, or Blanca Sosa, 313-496-2050, all of New Detroit/ CO: New Detroit, Inc. ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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