Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) —
On Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19, 2013, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will convene in Washington D.C. for Zeta Day on the Hill – two days of healthcare advocacy training, strategic planning, and congressional updates- preceding the 43rd Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. Zeta Day on the Hill gives community leaders a platform to voice their concerns about maternal and child health, youth bullying and elder abuse prevention, as well as propose grassroots solutions with government leaders.
Confirmed speakers at Zeta Day on the Hill will include Sonya Clay, Assistant Director of Federal Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics; Cindy Pellegrini, Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Government Affairs, March of Dimes; Bob Blancato, National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition; and Meredith Ponder, Senior Representative for Federal Policy and Advocacy for NANASP (National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs). Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s International President Mary Breaux Wright will be leading the day of advocacy.
Leadership from the March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Elder Justice Coalition will hold workshops to help Zeta leaders examine the policy behind their Zetas Helping Others of Excel (Z-HOPE) programming, a holistic international outreach service program which focuses on the mind, body and spirit of women, men, seniors, youth and international women. Additionally, during their workshops, members of the Zeta National Social Action team will outline the sorority’s social action goals, including the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) initiative, and identify tangible action steps for becoming more effective community and political leaders.
Zeta President Wright noted that “the legal travesties of Summer 2013 will forever be etched in history as a strong call to Zetas and our community. We must never tire in our efforts to advocate and eradicate injustices carried out through the existence, interpretation, and application of obscure laws. By coming to Capitol Hill, we are preparing our members to improve our communities every day through social action.”
With a rich legacy of advocating for the people, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will also utilize social media platforms to invite the community into Zeta Day on the Hill with a live broadcast of these events on Facebook and Twitter using #ZetaDOTH.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has been at the forefront of social change since its founding in 1920. As Zetas begin a new year of operations, members are encouraged to be ‘that’ voice to address, advocate until our nation’s laws serve all people equally. For additional information about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. visit www.zphib1920.org.