Hillary Clinton to attend Service Nation Summit, I may not be able to as a member of the press

Posted on August 27th, 2008 by bile
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NEW YORK, August 27, 2008-The historic ServiceNation Summit will begin
the evening of Thursday, September 11, 2008 with a Presidential Forum
featuring Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. On September 12, New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will open the day-long summit with
welcoming remarks and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be
the keynote speaker and conclude the day.

The co-hosts of the summit are Caroline Kennedy, attorney, editor and
writer; Alma Powell, Chair, America’s Promise Alliance; Vartan
Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation; Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP, and
Richard Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME. Confirmed participants and
speakers include:

* Senator Hillary Clinton, New York
* Senator Chris Dodd, Connecticut
* Usher Raymond IV, Summit Youth Chair; Founder, New Look
* Governor Charlie Crist, Florida
* Governor David Paterson, New York
* Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, The King Hussein Foundation
* Dr. Mehmet Oz, Founder and Chairman, HealthCorps
* Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University
* Laurie Tisch, Philanthropist, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
* Robert Kennedy, Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance
* Kenneth Cole, Fashion Designer
* Martin Luther King III, CEO, Realizing The Dream
* Kelly Caffarelli, President, Home Depot Foundation
* Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
* Laysha Ward, President, Target Foundation
* Dr. Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania
* David Gergen, Professor, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of
* Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University
* Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation
* Ray Chambers, Amelior Foundation
* Chancellor Joel Klein, New York City Schools
* Wendy Kopp, Founder and CEO, Teach For America

The ultimate vision of ServiceNation is an America in which, by 2020,
100 million citizens will volunteer time in schools, workplaces, and
faith-based and community institutions each and every year (up from 61
million today), and that increasing numbers of Americans annually will
commit a year of their lives to national service.

ServiceNation’s bipartisan Summit Leadership Council includes mayors,
governors, former senators and leaders from every sector of American
society (attached is complete list). Major supporters-in addition to
AARP, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Target and TIME-include the
Peter G. Peterson Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, Bank Of
America, Case Foundation, Charina Endowment Fund, The Jenesis Group, the
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Goldman Sachs.

At the bottom of the email are instructions on getting press credentials just like all other releases I’ve received. The difference in this latest one is the inclusion of “PLEASE NOTE: NYPD/U.S. STATE DEPT. CREDENTIALS REQUIRED!” I do not have a NYC press ID and according to the NYPD website it takes 3 to 4 weeks to acquire one… and that’s assuming they’d actually issue one to me. I’ve sent an email to the Service Nation media person concerning this as well as my fellow Manhattan Libertarian Party members. Worse case, I make up my own press ID and show up. Worst that could happen is I get arrested.

Barack Obama and John McCain to participate in forum on service and civic engagement

Posted on August 21st, 2008 by bile
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Be the Change, Inc.
Tim Zimmermann
(703) 850-0735

Additional Contacts:
Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
Germaine Febles
(212) 843-8031

Ali Zelenko 212.522.1502



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August 21, 2008 [New York, NY] – Presidential candidates Barack Obama
and John McCain will discuss in depth their views on service and civic
engagement in the post-9/11 world during a primetime forum on the
evening of September 11 in New York City.

The Forum is being staged by ServiceNation, a dynamic new coalition of
110 organizations that has a collective reach of some 100 million
Americans and is dedicated to strengthening our democracy and solving
problems through civic engagement and service. It will be the opening
event of the bipartisan, Sept. 11-12, ServiceNation summit, which will
launch a one year grassroots campaign to expand voluntary community and
national service opportunities for all Americans; use proven service
strategies to tackle some of America’s most chronic social challenges;
and call on all Americans to make service a bedrock ideal in our

At the Forum, called “A Nation Of Service,” Senators McCain and Obama
will appear on stage separately to discuss their respective visions for
the role of service in America’s future. Richard Stengel, Managing
Editor of TIME, will moderate, and the event will be open to all
broadcast networks.

“I look forward to participating in the 9/11 service forum,” said
Senator Obama. “After September 11, Americans of every age, race, region
and walk of life were ready to step up and answer a new call of service
for their country. Making that call to service will be a central cause
of my presidency, because we need the active citizenship of the American
people to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

“I am pleased to be participating in the ServiceNation Summit in New
York City. The Summit will be an important remembrance of those that
made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country and others as we focus
on how to inspire others to serve causes greater than their own
self-interest through national and community service,” said Senator

The Forum audience will include 9/11 family members, young Americans,
military veterans, and thought leaders, and questions can be submitted
by the general public at http://tinyurl.com/6jmhd5. “The Presidential
Candidates’ Forum will serve as a call to action for the next
administration,” said Forum moderator and TIME managing editor Richard
Stengel. “I hope to have candid conversations with Senators McCain and
Obama about their plans for engaging more Americans in national

I’ve got media credentials now for the summit but I don’t know that I will be able to attend the forum as my confimation email said: “More detailed information, including a schedule of events open to the media and details on media availabilities will be provided shortly.” I’ve sent an email to the Director of Strategic Partnerships to be placed on the invitation waiting list to attend the actual summit. While it seems very unlikely I’ll get the invite I did include that I was a director of the Manhattan Libertarian Party to spice up the request. You can find the rest of the press report minus some quotes from affiliates after the jump.

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Facebook partnering with Service Nation

Posted on August 14th, 2008 by bile
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Just received this in my mailbox:

August 14, 2008 (New York, NY) – ServiceNation, a diverse new coalition of more than 100 organizations dedicated to expanding voluntary community and national service opportunities, today announced that it has selected Facebook as its lead social media partner.

The partnership with Facebook will support ServiceNation’s effort to build a national, grassroots movement of Americans who volunteer, share service experiences, and build community around the idea that citizen service can help transform our democracy. ServiceNation aims to elevate the ideal of voluntary service as a core element of citizenship, and the coalition is targeting specific social problems with proven service strategies (http://www.servicenation.org).

Facebook will support ServiceNation and the upcoming ServiceNation Summit with a number of key resources, including technical expertise and advertising. Facebook will help ServiceNation build its presence on Facebook, create awareness and community through the use of Facebook’s tools, and engage Facebook users in a number of critical ServiceNation campaign initiatives.

“Facebook is already a place where people are acting on their interests and ideals, connecting with each other and sharing information that can lead to meaningful change,” said Elliot Schrage, Vice President, Global Communications and Public Policy, Facebook. “Through this partnership with ServiceNation we can be part of an historic effort to inspire Americans to act together to get more directly involved in and connected to their real-life communities.”

“Facebook has itself made history by helping millions across the world to come together by connecting and communicating in an easy to use, state-of-the-art online environment,” said Michael Brown, CEO of City Year, one of four organizations (along with Be the Change, Inc., Civic Enterprises, and Points Of Light Institute) that did the initial work to lead non-profit organizers of the ServiceNation coalition together. “Using Facebook’s highly-regarded organizing tools, we hope to channel the idealism and energy of our citizens into real-world action that can promote the ideal of voluntary service.”

The ServiceNation campaign will kick-off with a September 11th Presidential Candidates Forum on citizenship and service, featuring Sen. John McCain (Sen. Obama has also been invited) and moderated by TIME Magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel. The second day of the ServiceNation Summit will include distinguished leaders from American business, government, and leading non-profit institutions including New York Governor David Paterson, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Caroline Kennedy, Alma Powell of America’s Promise Alliance, Vartan Gregorian of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP, and Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations and Target Foundation.

The Summit is convened and underwritten by a grant from Carnegie Corporation, and presented by TIME, AARP and Target. The keynote address will be delivered by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who earlier this year became the first governor to create a cabinet post dedicated to service and volunteering.

The ultimate vision of ServiceNation is an America in which, by 2020, 100 million citizens will volunteer time in schools, workplaces, and faith-based and community institutions each and every year (up from 61 million today), and that increasing numbers of Americans annually will commit a year of their lives to national service.

To that end, the Summit will endorse a Declaration of Service that all Americans will be able to sign—in person or online—to declare their support for the idea that citizen service can strengthen our communities, unite and engage Americans in shared sacrifice, and help build a better future. And two weeks after the Summit, on Sept. 27, ServiceNation will stage a national Day of Action where tens of thousands of Americans will gather at hundreds of events across the country to celebrate the power and potential of citizen service. ServiceNation will use Facebook as a key tool to organize and drive both these initiatives.

ServiceNation’s bipartisan Summit Leadership Council includes mayors, governors, former senators and leaders from every sector of American society (full list is available at http://tinyurl.com/617vju). Major supporters of ServiceNation, in addition to AARP, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Target, and TIME, include the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, Bank of America, Case Foundation, Charina Endowment Fund, and James J. Jensen, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Goldman Sachs.

Not that I really use it but I may be deleting my Facebook account. I’ll be sure to make it clear this is why.

A list of those leading the way toward fascist slavery

Posted on July 29th, 2008 by bile
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ServiceNation Summit Co-chairs:

  • Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Caroline Kennedy, Vice-Chair, New York City Fund For Public Schools
  • Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP
  • Alma Powell, Chair, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Rick Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME Magazine

ServiceNation Leadership Council:

  • Andi Bernstein
  • Tom A. Bernstein, President and Co-founder, Chelsea Piers
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, New York, NY; Chairman, National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • Cory Booker, Mayor, Newark, NJ
  • Richard H. Brodhead, President, Duke University
  • Neil Bush, CEO, Global XS
  • Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Mortimer Caplin, Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
  • Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  • Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation
  • Richard Celeste, President, Colorado College
  • Ray Chambers, Amelior Foundation
  • Richard Cizik, Vice President, National Association of Evangelicals
  • Glenn Close, Actress
  • William Cohen, Former Secretary of Defense; Former U.S. Senator
  • Janet Langhart Cohen, Author; Founder, Citizen Patriot Organization
  • Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University
  • Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senator
  • John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
  • Manny Diaz, Mayor, Miami, FL
  • John Dilulio, Former Director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Author, The Godly Republic
  • Melinda Doolittle, Recording Artist
  • Paul Fireman, Founder, Reebok
  • Al From, Founder and CEO, Democratic Leadership Council
  • Susan Fuhrman, President, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Mark Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • David Gergen, Professor of Public Service and Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University
  • Michael Gerson, Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Former Mayor, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jennifer Granholm, Governor, Michigan
  • Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Theologian; Author, The Jewish Way; Founding President, Jewish Life Network
  • Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lee Hamilton, Former Congressman; Former Co-chair, 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group
  • Jenny Chin Hansen, President, AARP
  • Gary Hart, Former U.S. Senator
  • Admiral James R. Hogg, USN (Ret), Director, Strategic Studies Group, Naval War College
  • James J. Jensen
  • Martin Luther King, III, Chairman, Realizing the Dream
  • Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Public Schools
  • Sherry Lansing, Founder, The Sherry Lansing Foundation
  • Jim Leach, Former Congressman; John L. Weinberg Professor of Public and International Affairs, Woodrow   Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Anthony Marx, President, Amherst College
  • Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman, American Red Cross
  • Sam Nunn, Former U.S. Senator
  • Michael Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia, PA
  • Martin O’Malley, Governor, Maryland
  • Lt. General Dave R. Palmer, USA (Ret), Former Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Author
  • David Paterson, Governor, New York
  • Kal Penn, Actor
  • Gregg Petersmeyer, Former Assistant to the President; Director, Office of National Service under George H.W. Bush
  • Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Co-founder, Blackstone Group Management
  • Rob Portman, Former Congressman; Former Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard University; Author
  • Marc Racicot, Former Governor, Montana
  • Susan Rice, Foreign Policy Advisor, Obama for America
  • Bill Richardson, Governor, New Mexico
  • David Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group
  • Rodney Slater, Former Secretary of Transportation; Chair, United Way of America
  • Laurie M. Tisch, President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
  • Paul Vallas, Superintendent, New Orleans Recovery School District
  • David Walker, President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Silda Wall, Founder, Children For Children
  • Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church; Author, A Purpose Driven Life
  • Harris Wofford, Former U.S. Senator; Former CEO, Corporation for National & Community Service

Is it surprising that a large portion of those in support are directly or indirectly government bureaucrats?