May 21, 2009
UPTON, NY — Steve Hildebrand, deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign, will give a talk titled “The Obama Vision: Equality for All” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, June 18, at noon in Berkner Hall. Sponsored by the Laboratory’s Diversity Office and GLOBE — the Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Employees Club at Brookhaven Lab — in honor of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, the talk is free and open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.
“The election of President Obama was a major landmark in civil rights equality in the United States,” said Hildebrand, the openly gay deputy director of President Obama’s historic campaign. He maintains that President Obama and his supporters, especially voters of the “Millennial Generation” between the ages of 18 and 29, see it as their mission to bring the equality movement, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights (LGBT) to the forefront of the nation’s political agenda.
At Brookhaven, Hildebrand will update the audience on what the nation can expect from the Obama administration on the LGBT civil rights front. He will also discuss how the marriage-equality issue will play out nationwide and analyze how the Millennial Generation and their push for change will impact the future of the civil rights movement for all Americans.
Working with Barack Obama since September 2006, before then Senator Obama made the decision to seek the presidency, Hildebrand was at the forefront of all strategic decisions and helped to craft Obama’s groundbreaking grassroots presidential campaign strategy. Hildebrand’s marketing techniques, including the use of the Internet and the appeal to small donors, helped the campaign raise a record $750 million for the candidate.
In 2005, Hildebrand and Paul Tewes founded Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, a full-service consulting firm that specializes in communications, candidate research, and grassroots strategy. Based in Washington, DC, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Hildebrand Tewes Consulting is considered one of the premier political firms in the U.S.
Hildebrand’s past campaigns and current and past clients include the Clinton-Gore re-elect campaign; Gore for president; Senator Tom Daschle; Senator Tim Johnson; Senator Robert C. Byrd; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Americans United to Protect Social Security; America’s Voice; Environmental Defense; several unions, including the AFL-CIO; and numerous other organizations.
For more information about this event, call 631 344-2345. Brookhaven National Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway, one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.
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