On December 2 you can partake in an event that could prove to be very significant in the healing of America. I'm sure you'll agree that America has become a very divided country in the last few years, gone are the days of Governmental leaders from both parties singing together on the steps of Congress, now everyone seems to be fighting, be it over politics, race, creed, sex, any anything else you can imagine, our country is at odds with itself. But the USA network is trying to do something about it, bringing together a wide range of distinguished leaders to try and find common ground on today's complex social issues, with Characters United.
Characters Unite is a multimedia platform spearheaded by the network to combat prejudice and intolerance while promoting acceptance and understanding. As part of the campaign, USA Network and Tom Brokaw will host 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. 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. The event will be webcast live for free, and viewers may register in advance at www.passtheball.com
You can see a video and the full press release with more information on the event below.
Brokaw to Moderate Panel of Prominent National Leaders from Government, Academia, Business,
Media, the Arts and Non-Governmental Organizations
Jon Bon Jovi, DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Syndicated Columnist Kathleen Parker,
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Xavier Becerra, and Senator Max Cleland Among Those Participating
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
Confirmed Town Hall participants include:
· Mike Allen, Chief White House Correspondent, Politico
· The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Representative,
· The Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor,
· The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission
· Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology,
· 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
· Dr. Christine Sierra, Professor of Political Science, University of
Actor Dulé Hill, co-star of USA Network’s “Psych” will also be a special guest in attendance.
"It's time to get past the labeling. We're all different, and we all bring something unique to the table," said Bonnie Hammer, president, NBCU Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. "We need our differences to unite us, not drive us apart."
"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.
“Tom Brokaw’s upcoming documentary makes him the ideal moderator for this conversation,” said Hammer. “We’re confident that he will steer the Town Hall toward fresh ideas for individual and collective actions aimed at bringing all of us, with the combined strength of our diversity, together.”
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
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
Cisco Webex Solutions will serve as the technology partner for the
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. Nominations for the award are being made by the Characters Unite campaign’s 20 non-governmental partners, which include the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the National Parent Teacher Association, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Council of La Raza, GLAAD, National Council of Women’s Organizations, American Federation of Teachers, Anti-Defamation League, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Asian American Justice Center, Children’s Defense Fund, General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church, Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights First, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Association of Counties, National Congress of American Indians, National Education Association and Southern Poverty Law Center.