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Constituency Workshops Focus on Health, Hate, Risks, Challenges.

The following workshops are cosponsored by several of the constituency groups.

"At-Risk Populations: City Health Needs in the New Millennium," Thursday, December 2, 1:00 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m., cosponsored by GLBLO and WIMG. As the U.S. population becomes more diverse, local elected officials must develop new ways to govern. This session will examine what local elected officials can do to help build their public health systems to effectively address issues of access to health care for culturally diverse populations. Discussions will focus on intervention strategies, support systems for patients and partners, and workforce re-entry for recovering workers.

Speakers include: Tim Mains, Councilmember, Rochester, New York, and Shelia Young, Mayor, San Leandro, California (comoderators) and Beatriz Solis, Staff Researcher, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California.

"The New Millennium City: It's More Than a Melting Pot," Friday, December 3, 1:30 -- 3:00 p.m. Participants will examine existing challenges and explore new strategies on issues of affirmative action policies, sexual orientation awareness, new immigrant needs, and the status of women in local government. This session will focus on meeting needs and helping local governments strengthen their communities by building upon the ties that bind rather than divide. This workshop is cosponsored by APAMO, GLBLO, HELO, NBCLEO, UCC and WIMG.

Speakers include: Marcelo Gaete, Director, Constituency Services, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, Washington, DC (moderator); Martha Wong, Councilmember, Houston, Texas; Angela Oh, Attorney, Civil Rights Activist and Advisory Board Member, President Clinton's Initiative on Race Relations; and Kevin Vaughan, Executive Director, Commission of Human Relations, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Building on Common Ground: Leadership Beyond the Climate of Hate and Racism," Saturday, December 4, 10:45 a.m. -- Noon. This workshop will provide participants with an array of assessment tools to help local citizens address and combat the negative issues and actions of racism and hate crimes. Panelists will explore the implications of the Hate Crime Prevention Act under consideration by Congress to provide a better understanding of the legislative issues. This workshop is coponsored by APAMO, GLBLO, HELO, NBC-LEO, UCC and WIMG.

Speakers include: Tom Duane, New York State Legislator (moderator); Martha McCoy, Executive Director, Study Circles Resource Center; Brian Levin, Esq., Director, Center on Hate and Extremism; and Kathy Sung, Staff Attorney, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Los Angeles, California.

Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO)

APAMO, chaired by Conrad Lee, Councilmember, Bellevue, California, will be discussing the recent global crisis in East Timor and implications for U.S. policy at APAMO's Business Meeting on Thursday, December 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mayor Wen Chang of Diamond Bar, California, APAMO Treasurer, has been serving as APAMO's program representative for workshop and special event planning along with other constituency groups.

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials (GLBLO)

GLBLO has been instrumental in helping NLC to acknowledge World AIDS day on December I during the conference. GLBLO, under the leadership of John Heilman, Councilmember, West Hollywood, California, will also hold its Business Meeting on Wednesday, December 1, 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to be followed by its Reception from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)

HELO President Jenny Oropeza, Councilmember, Long Beach, California, will host a mobile economic development tour of the Long Beach Port along with the Harbor Department for HELO Board members and general members on Tuesday, November 30, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Bus transportation will be provided. Following this, Vicki Rivers, Director, Intergovernmental Relations, Montgomery Watson, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, and Rudy Rodriguez, President of the International Waterfront Group, San Antonio, Texas, will serve as guest speakers at HELO's Board of Directors Meeting, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Space is only available for 50.

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO)

NBC-LEO's Immediate Past President Paul Richards, Councilmember, Long Beach, California, will host NBC-LEO members and interested colleagues in a mobile economic development tour of South Central Los Angeles County noted for some of the most complex social issues in America.

The region hosts some of the most significant resources affecting the global economy. The tour's host cities include Compton, Lynwood, Los Angeles and Gardenia. This will occur on Tuesday, November 30, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bus transportation will be provided. Space is only available for 96 people.

NBC-LEO's Annual Membership Luncheon will include keynote remarks from Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair, Department of Black Studies, California State University at Long Beach. Dr. Karenga is an activist-scholar of national and international recognition having played a major role in African American political and intellectual culture since the 1960s. Nadia Sellers, Chief Executive Officer of the National Career Group Training and Development Corporation, Lansing, Michigan, will offer introductory remarks for Dr. Karenga.

In addition, Vicki Rivers, Director, Intergovernmental Relations, Montgomery Watson, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, will be presenting a special recognition, along with NBC-LEO President-elect Roosevelt Coats, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio, to the Tom Joyner Foundation with guest Thomas Joyner, Jr. of Dallas, Texas.

University Communities Caucus (UCC)

The UCC will be convening its Roundtable Discussions and Membership Meeting on Friday, December 3, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. under the leadership of Chair Wade Norwood, Councilmember, Rochester, New York.

Elections will be held at the end of the meeting to elect the UCC's 2000 Board of Directors. The new Board will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The three UCC Roundtable Discussion topics, developed by UCC program representative Linda Pall, Councilmember, Moscow, Idaho, are: 1) Payments Instead of Property Taxes for Municipal Services and the Impact for Colleges and Universities; 2) Creating a True Town/Gown Community: Using University Resources for Community Advancement; and 3) When Good Kids Go Bad.

New Board Elections

GLBLO, HELO, NBC-LEO, UCC and WIMG will be electing new members to their Boards of Directors at the conference. Notices were mailed to all of the groups' members about the nominations process for their particular groups. The application deadline for joining a group's Board of Directors was November 8, 1999.

Dues and Event Fees

Constituency group members are paying their 2000 membership dues via the NLC conference registration process for the Los Angeles Congress of Cities. The various groups pay their dues, and some specific activity or function fees, through this process. Individuals should ensure that they are currently paid or renewed members, and are able to vote at this year's various constituency group membership meetings by paying the appropriate fees and/or dues at the NLC registration desk.
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Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Date:Nov 22, 1999
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