Baltimore, MD (January 30, 2003) – Over 300 college activists will join together in an intense three-day international conference to explore issues of social justice and advocacy at Hillel's Charlotte B. and Jack J. Spitzer B'nai Brith Hillel Forum on Public Policy in Baltimore, MD.
Through a variety of workshops, seminars and panels, students will examine such issues as the environment, literacy, acceptable living wages, hunger and homelessness. They will meet with key international leaders and learn how to advocate for a cause.
Among the many events planned for the conference include:
Held in conjunction with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Plenum, the Spitzer conference will co-host several sessions including an opening session titled, "Facing Terror and Pursuing Peace." Participants of both groups will be able to attend each others sessions.
- Meeting with Irwin Cotler, member of the Canadian parliament, to discuss advocating for human rights around the globe.
- Dialogue with Seth Goldman, TeaEO, Honest Tea, to examine what business priorities should be and the importance of corporate responsibility.
- A town hall forum, "Countdown to Peace or War," which will assess the situation in Iraq and the impending war.
- Freedom of Speech on Campus plenary.
- A day of lobbying on Capitol Hill.
- The conference will also offer specialized tracks for students interested in journalism, the environment, grassroots organizing, or Israel, where participants will meet with world renowned leaders in these fields.