The Presbyterian Washington Office
Office reports on staff changes, their web page, and the continuing need
[e-mail dated 9-18-02, posted here 9-21-02]
As I send this annual financial appeal letter, the Washington Office has
said goodbye to our three interns. You have seen their names in both our
printed and E-Serve publications: Leah Hrachovec, Julia Binger and Jenny
Lin completed their terms in August. We are thankful for the skills and
passion of these talented young activists.
We have now welcomed two new people. Carolynn B. Race started on August
1, as the new Associate for Domestic Poverty Issues and the Environment.
Jessica Tate arrived on September 1, as the Intern for Outreach Services
and Immigration Issues. We are grateful for these additions.
Congress is winding down the work of the 107th session and will soon
gear up for full campaign activities as part of this mid-term election.
The issues of peace and civil rights have taken on new meaning following
the events of September 11, 2001. These issues are not very popular in
Washington and even within some sectors of the religious community.
However, our biblical and theological understanding of these issues say
that this is not the time to back away. This old challenge, to work for
peace, is still there. A new challenge is the scandal of the business
community and the investment practices. How should we address them?
Should we address them? Congress will look more deeply into financial
regulatory practices and how they have hurt the small investor. Social
security will be looked at with new eyes. Will we still hear the calls
for the privatization of Social Security? How should we respond? We
could use your support as we work on these issues.
I hope that you have become a regular visitor to our web page at www.pcusa.org/washington.
From this page, you can join one of our E-Serves on the Middle East,
Latin America, Africa, Ecology & Environment, Global Security, Women
& Families, Civil Rights & Religious Liberty, Health Care or
Hunger & Human Needs. You will also be able to download the newly
revised Christian & Citizen -Election Year packet. Our Stewardship
of Public Life written publications continue.
Once again, on behalf of the Washington team, we would like to say how
much we have appreciated working with you on the social issues of the
day, as we Speak Truth to Power during these uncertain times.
Elenora Giddings Ivory, Director
Presbyterian Church (USA)
In support of the Washington Office of the PC(USA). Please send your
contribution to: Presbyterian Church (USA), Section 300, Louisville, KY
40289, ECO#865714. Thank you.
A NOTE FROM THE WITHERSPOON
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making use of this opportunity for an Extra Commitment gift.
staff person joins Washington Office
We have just received this announcement from the
Presbyterian Washington Office, dated 7/9/02:
The Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church
(USA), is pleased to announce the hiring of Carolynn Beth Race as the
new Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues. Carolynn
will begin her new duties on August 1, 2002.
Ms. Race received her B.A., cum laude in government from Smith College
in Northampton, MA. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from
the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Medford MA
(a suburb of the Boston /Cambridge area). Her areas of concentration
were Development Economics, Africa, and US Foreign Policy. She completed
additional course work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of
Harvard University. She also spent a Semester abroad at the Middlesex
University of London. And concentrated on the British Political System.
Previous employment includes the Research Assistant at the John F.
Kennedy School of Government in the World Peace Foundation Program for
Intrastate Conflict, conflict Prevention, & Conflict Resolution;
Manager of Health Policy at the Gay and Lesbian Center; and the
Development Associate/VISTA for Habitat for Humanity of San Fernando
& Santa Clarita Valleys.
Ms. Race served as co-founder of the California HIV Advocacy Coalition,
a statewide coalition of HIV organizations and individuals impacted by
HIV/Aids seeking to encourage progressive actions in the area of
HIV/Aids in the California state legislature. She interned for Senator
John F. Kerry and drafted memorandum and developed talking points on
prescription drug and civil rights policy.
In the cover letter to her resume she said:
"I have been active in congregations in both
the Flint River Presbytery (Georgia) and Eastminister Presbytery
(Ohio). I participated in a PC (USA) youth exchange to Ghana, and
served as the co-chair of the Youth Advisory Delegates at the 1994
General Assembly. In college, I continued in my endeavor to be
theologically informed through my study of world religions and
facilitating meetings of the Interfaith Council. As a government
major, I also looked at the role of religion in world conflict,
analyzing its role on the African continent, and through a study tour
Carolynn brings lots of skills to the Washington
Office. The staff looks forward to working with her. We will all have to
learn to spell Carolynn with double "n". Bernadine Grant
McRipley, previously held the position she will fill, from 1991 through
March 2001 and by Douglas Grace from April 2001 through January 2002.
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