USA NETWORK AND TOM BROKAW TO CO-HOST FIRST-EVER CHARACTERS UNITE NATIONAL TOWN HALL ON HEALING AMERICA’S DIVISIONS
Brokaw to Moderate Panel of Prominent National Leaders from Government, Academia, Business, Media, the Arts and Non-Governmental Organizations
Five High School Students have the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend Town Hall
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – November 10, 2009 – USA Network and Tom Brokaw announced today the first-ever Characters Unite National Town Hall, a ground-breaking high-level discussion on how America’s increasingly diverse and divided population can find common ground on today’s complex social issues. Inspired by USA Network’s community affairs campaign – Characters Unite -- this event will bring together a diverse panel of distinguished leaders to generate fresh ideas for actions by individuals, communities and government to overcome social injustices and bridge cultural divides. Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent, will moderate the panel at the Newseum in Washington, DC, on December 2.
Confirmed Town Hall participants include: Mike Allen, Chief White House Correspondent, Politico; The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Representative, California; The Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor, Newark, NJ; The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; Wade Henderson, President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Jon Bon Jovi, Singer, Songwriter, Philanthropist; David Mixner, Writer and Civil Rights Activist; Kathleen Parker, Syndicated Columnist; Chancellor Michelle Rhee, DC Public Schools; and Dr. Christine Sierra, Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico. Actor Dulé Hill, co-star of USA Network’s “Psych” will also be a special guest in attendance.
"People across the country are making tough decisions every day and working to maintain their own unique American character. Too often, instead of coming together to address conflicts, groups demonize each other because of their different beliefs and opinions," said Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent.
In conjunction with the Town Hall, USA Network will announce the results of a new Characters Unite national opinion poll, the United or Divided Survey, which will provide an in-depth profile of American attitudes on prejudice, discrimination and intolerance. The nationally representative poll is being conducted by two of America's leading public opinion research firms representing both sides of the political aisle -- Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). The survey will examine how Americans view the social trends that are transforming the nation, and will look across generations, race, ethnicity and gender at how change is affecting our country’s social fabric.
Following the Town Hall, the first Characters Unite Award will be presented to an individual who has made a significant and lasting difference in efforts to fight discrimination, champion civil rights and promote respect. The honoree will be profiled on charactersunite.com and receive a $10,000 grant to support his/her project or nonprofit organization.
Also, in partnership with Charter and Comcast, high schools across the country will have the opportunity to submit questions for the panel and five students will win a trip to Washington, DC, to attend the Town Hall event.
Cisco Webex Solutions will serve as the technology partner for the Characters Unite National Town Hall. The event will be webcast live for free, and viewers may register in advance at http://www.passtheball.com/.
Source: Podesta Group