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Welcome to Philadelphia!
Dear Fellow Democrats:
Welcome to Philadelphia! We are excited to kickoff the YDA 2012 General ElectionCycle in a city with such a deep history of promise and progress. We are visiting a state that will prove pivotal to not only the re-election of President Obama and Vice-President Biden,but also for our ability to retain control of the U.S. Senate and take back the U.S. House of Representatives!
Over the course of the weekend, we will make decisions about our states,committees, and caucuses, elect new representation to the DNC, and continue an ongoingdiscussion about how best we move YDA forward. Please take the time to think throughwhat your local or state chapter, committee or caucus, and what you yourself can be doingto strengthen the narrative that we are young people, engaged in shaping the future of ournation through politics, through policy, and more important through overall communityservice and engagement.
The stakes of this election cannot be higher. Mitt Romney believes that Americawill be at its best if we cut more taxes for the most wealthy while asking the working andmiddle class and our generation to shoulder the burden through higher student loan rates,reduced access to health insurance, young women continuing to enter the workplacemaking 77 cents for every dollar a man does, and the list goes on and on. Our generationcannot afford that future and our nation does not deserve that future.
As a coalition of high school students, college students, college graduates, youngprofessionals, young couples, young families, military veterans, teachers, firefighters, unionmembers, we know that the very nature of the American dream, which has allowed so manyfrom previous generations to succeed and strengthen our nation, is at stake. We cannot retreat, not while we have accomplished so much -- not while we have so much more work to do!
This summer and into the fall, YDA will lead the charge in the fight for the AmericanDream and we hope you will join us.
Let’s all get to work!
 Rod Snyder Colmon Elridge Emily Tisch SussmanYDA President YDA Executive Vice President YDA Executive Director
Friday Schedule12:00
1:30 pmWelcome Lunch
Location: Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 247 S. 17
Street **Food & Drink not provided by YDA
3:00 pmExecutive Committee
Chestnut Room
4:00 pm
Committee Meetings ICommunity Service
Chestnut Room
Policy & Advocacy
Cherry Room
Walnut Room
4:00 pm
TrainingYDA Organization & Structure
Spruce Room
Presenter: Yaakov Jake Weissmann: YDA Chapter Building Director 
How is YDA organized? Who does what work? Hear from YDA leadership about what they do and how they do it. 
5:00 pm Committee Meetings IICampaign
Chestnut Room
Cherry Room
Walnut Room
5:00 pm
TrainingYDA Caucus & Issue Advocacy
Spruce Room
Presenter: John Canales Gorcynski, YDA Trainings Director:
How do
YDA’s Caucuses work? How do advocate for issues we’re passionate about?
Hear from caucus leadership about how different groups within YDA function. 
6:00 pm Committee Meetings IIIChapter Building
Cherry Room
7:00 pmYDA Media Training (Invite Only)
Spruce Room
Presenter: Richard Fowler, YDA Policy Director and host of The Richard Fowler Show 
YDA is taking over the airwaves! The Advocacy & Policy Committee is teaming upwith the Campaign Committee to train and equip state and national leaders formedia opportunities
7:00 pmState Presidents Association
 Cherry Room
International Affairs Committee
Walnut Room
9:30 pm
YDA Opening Plenary
Grand Ballroom
9:30 pm - ClosePAYD Welcome Reception
Location: The American Pub, 1500 Market St., Lower Level Centre Square
(Underneath the “Clothespin” sculpture.)
Friday Special Guests
This weekend Young Democrats of America will host some amazing special guests &keynote speakers. During the Friday Welcome Reception the following guests will join us.(Listed in alphabetical order.)
Rick Bloomingdale, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President 
Richard (Rick) Bloomingdale became the fourth President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO onJune 1, 2010 after serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO since1994. He began his career in the labor movement with AFSCME in 1977. In 1992, Rick worked as Labor Liaison for the Clinton for President Campaign. In December of 2003, Rick was appointed by Governor Rendell to serve on the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.Rick and his wife Karen have been married for 17 years, and have two lovely children - Nick and Lindsey. When he is not fighting for the rights of the working class, Rick enjoysspending time with his famil
y, playing guitar, coaching his daughter’s softball team, and
acquiring the latest electronic gadgets.Follow Rick on Twitter @RWBloomingdale or Pennsylvania AFL-CIO @PaAFL-CIO
Congressman Bob Brady, 1st Congressional District 
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brady graduated from St. Thomas More High School, found
employment as a carpenter and was soon part of the leadership of the Carpenters’ union. Hecontinues to be a member of both the Carpenters’ and the Teachers’ unions.
 Brady held various leadership positions prior to becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, including: serving as Deputy Mayor for Labor in the administration of Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode; serving as a consultant to the Pennsylvania StateSenate: serving as a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner; and his role as a member of theBoard of Directors of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.Brady has been an unwavering advocate for legislation that supports the well-being of financially disadvantaged communities. He has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that promotes affordable housing, ensures that all Americans have access to quality healthcare,supports our veterans and current active duty military. He has also been an outspokenopponent of the escalation of the Iraq War.Follow him on Twitter @RepBrady

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