Mayor Orlando

Public Diplomacy Forum - USIA


February 1999

Mayor Leoluca Orlando



ACCLAIMED CHAMPION OF SICILIAN REFORM TO VISIT U.S. MAYOR PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRACY EDUCATION, SHARES STORY OF PALERMO EXPERIENCE

Leoluca Orlando, the celebrated Mayor of Palermo, Italy, will visit four U.S. cities Feb. 16 through 26 under the auspices of the United States Information Agency's International Visitor Program.

Mayor Orlando became Sicily's leading figure by forming a majority coalition drawn from all parts of the political spectrum and organizing his constituents and their communities to take an unprecedented public stand against organized crime. His anti-Mafia campaign resulted in a civic renewal in Sicily that has made him an international hero and brought about the renaissance of his city.

Mayor Orlando will visit New York, Feb. 16 through 18; Los Angeles, Feb. 18 through 21; San Diego, Feb. 21 through 23, and Washington, D.C., Feb. 23 through 26.

Mayor Orlando will discuss his successful battle to decrease organized crime in Palermo. He will meet with high-level local and federal officials, including a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Members of Congress, and prominent members of the Italian-American community.

He will meet also with U.S. educators to discuss civic education in the American school system. In Washington, Mayor Orlando will address the "International Conference on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity Among Justice and Security Officials," which Vice President Gore will host at the Department of State February 24 and 25.


VP Gore
USIA Acting Director Penn Kemble, Mayor Orlando, Vice President Gore, Attorney General Janet Reno


Mayor Orlando aims to generate the interest of high-level U.S. officials in attending the CIVITAS Palermo World Congress June 18 through 22, 1999, which will showcase the Palermo experience and draw world attention to civic education for promoting democracy and a culture of lawfulness. The international event convening scholars, civic education practitioners, entertainers, and politicians is designed to secure strong, visible support for civic education from the cultural, financial, and political worlds and to energize the international movement for civic education, providing participants with advocacy tools they can use in their countries.

CIVITAS, an international consortium for strengthening citizenship and civic education, is an unprecedented linkage of non-governmental organizations, schools, academic institutions, government agencies and key leaders to raise the visibility of civic education, highlight its importance to democracy, and mobilize the support of the international community. CIVITAS has advocated democracy education globally, with key regional efforts in Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and East Central Europe.

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