February 23, 1998
Release No. 005-99

CONTACT: Catherine Stearns
PHONE: (202) 401-1190

United States Information Agency- News Release


Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo, Italy, will be featured at a National Press Club Morning Newsmaker News Conference Thursday, Feb. 25, at 9:00 a.m. 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 discuss his successful battle to decrease organized crime in Palermo and will discuss the burgeoning, global movement for civic education and 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.

Who: Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo, Italy

What: National Press Club AMorning Newsmaker@ News Conference

When: Thursday, Feb. 25, at 9:00 a.m.

Where: National Press Club (First Amendment Lounge)

529 14th Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20045

Contact: Catherine Stearns, Office of Public Liaison, USIA

Tel: (202) 401-1190 / Fax: (202) 619-6988

Mayor Orlando=s presence in Washington this week culminates a 10-day visit to the United States under the auspices of the United States Information Agency=s International Visitor Program. His program C with stops in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego C has included meetings with high-level local and federal officials, including a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Members of Congress, American educators, and the media, as well as prominent members of the Italian-American community. Mayor Orlando will address the AInternational Conference on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity Among Justice and Security Officials,@ hosted by Vice President Gore at the Department of State Feb. 24-26. (A schedule of Mayor Orlando=s Washington program and press availability is available upon request.)


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