Secretary Clinton To Conduct Digital Town Hall of the Americas

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 14, 2009
Secretary Clinton Answers Questions at State Dept. Town Hall

Interactive Travel Map | Text the SecretarySecretary Clinton will conduct a digital town hall in anticipation of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, a regional meeting of all 34 democratically elected leaders of the nations of the Western Hemisphere. You may participate in the discussion about issues that impact the entire hemisphere.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will conduct Digital Town Hall of the Americas, a live web-based discussion, from the Dominican Republic on Friday, April 17, 2009, in anticipation of the Fifth Summit of the Americas to be held April 17-19 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The event will provide an opportunity for Secretary Clinton to launch a conversation with citizens from across the Western Hemisphere to discuss the Summit’s themes of securing our citizens’ future by promoting human prosperity, energy security and environmental sustainability, as well as the situation in Haiti, where she will visit and attend meetings on Thursday, April 16.

Digital Town Hall of the Americas will be streamed live on the Department of State’s Social Media Hub for the Fifth Summit of Americas (http://townhall.howcast.com/), powered by Howcast. Content will also be featured on Ustream, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Orkut, and Hi-5. Secretary Clinton will answer questions submitted through these sites prior to the event as well as from the local Dominican audience in attendance. Please refer to the above web site for further detail on the Digital Town Hall of the Americas as it becomes available, including confirmed time and venue.

The Social Media Hub, run under contract with Howcast, is a robust information resource that provides a platform for community interaction on Summit themes. Interaction will be facilitated through web chats, discussion forums, and the ability for visitors to upload their own videos and guides. In addition, the Hub will feature on-location interviews with world leaders and Summit participants throughout the event.

Adding background and perspective to the discussion that will take place between the region’s 34 democratically-elected leaders, the site will feature videos on the following topics: “What is the Summit of the Americas?” “How do I benefit from the Summit of the Americas?” “How are we connected in the Americas?” And, “How can I participate in meeting the Summit of the Americas goals?” The Hub will continue as an information resource after the Summit, providing community forums on topics of interest for the hemisphere and serving as a repository for all documents related to U.S. Summit participation.

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Rich
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California, USA
April 14, 2009

Rich in California writes:

In an effort to entice Latin America to work together, how do you deal with Hugo Chavez who has spurned U.S. policy?

Wendy
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California, USA
April 15, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

I hope everyone checks out townhall.howcast.com above. Trez cool indeed.

This is the question I submitted: Could the Summit design a Students Without Borders project -- intra-Americas teams of college students who together search each others countries for Best Practices? (Best Education Practices; Best Energy Practices; Best Volunteer Practices, etc.)

Baby
April 15, 2009

B. writes:

I like this website it is cool to use on information, like what i am using it for right now. The web page is giving me some great information about the project that i am working on well thanks for all the information. Well bye!!!!!!!!

Lewis
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Texas, USA
April 15, 2009

Lewis in Texas writes:

I Love the U.S.A. After my visit to Sweden, I was shocked to see how well Workers are treated (Just to have that Vacation Time would make me happy) and their Health Care AWSOME!!
Why is it the Greatest Country in the World is so LACKING in these areas?

jean l.
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Spain
April 15, 2009

Jean Luc in Spain writes:

keep up with the good job

Ken
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Dominican Republic
April 15, 2009

Ken in Dominican Republic writes:

Will this adminisration be bold enough take significant steps to normaliz relations with Cuba without fear of the domestic political repercussions from certain domestic lobby groups?

Julie
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Illinois, USA
April 16, 2009

Julie in Illinois writes:

This is a great idea, as long as you listen to people, which I don't yet see happening. In Chicago, we have town hall meetings with the Cook County Board who listen to the people and then, against their overwhelming desires, does whatever it wants. I attended one, it was a farce, and I told them so. They didn't disagree that they were giving the "little people" the impression they had input.

A facade of democracy.

In the president's townhall meeting, over 7,000 people wanted to know why marijuana couldn't be legalized. Though that was the number one question, voted on by the most people, who were all in favor of it, it was the one question that got a flippant answer instead of a thoughtful response.

I support Obama, but I remember the 911 commission finding that the government engaged in group think. The government is still engaged in group think as evidenced by the War on Drugs response to the Mexican drug cartels.

As for Hugo Chavez, he doesn't have to support our policies, he's not a colony of the United States. He has done what's best for HIS people, as he should.

Unlike Nigeria, who, since they have become a "democracy", has also become the 4th largest oil exporter in the world, yet the PEOPLE's lives have not only not benefited from this wealth, it has deteriorated. Their life expectancy dropped (45 years old), their access to clean water has dropped, the death rate of children under 5 has increased, yet we commend them for their progress.

It's time the United States stopped subverting the idea of democracy, which at this point means, electing a government that will let our companies exploit their resources to the detriment of the people of the country.

Chavez stopped that, he should be commended not condemned.

Jorge L.
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Panama
April 17, 2009

Jorge L. in Panama writes:

I will like to Invite Secretary Clinton to come to Panama to share with me a technological innovation for education in low income persons for Panama.

Best of Progress at the summit!

Jorge L.
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Panama
April 17, 2009

Jorge L. in Panama writes:

I will like to Invite Secretary Clinton to come to Panama to share with me a technological innovation for education in low income persons for Panama.

By the time this arrives the live broadcast should be over but this invitation stands, the team should already know who I am.

The broadcast was choppy and was cut off here in Panama

Best of progress at the summit!

Josefina
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New York, USA
April 18, 2009

Josefina in New York writes:

Please note that what is happening in Mexico -- corruption, drug and crime is also happening in Dominican Republic -- at a lower scale. This must be stopped before the fear, derived from the extortion and gun fire crimes, blocks justice and interrupts the development of a democratic government.

I know that you love my country and I hope that you understand that behind the blue sky and balmy wind and its warmest hospitality the drug lords and gangs, if not stopped, are going to stop our progress.
Good luck in all your assignments; I value you and know that "yes you can" -- as our president says.

ilia r.
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Puerto Rico
April 19, 2009

Ilia in Puerto Rico writes:

The politics of Haitian inexperienced leaders have been complex that they had consistently failed to resolve. Is there is to be prosperity and progress they must govern effectively without corruption nor rigged elections. Their leaders should be honest and capable to deliver their promises.

Secretary Clinton is there credibility that Haitian government will be honest?

james
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Alaska, USA
April 23, 2009

James in Alaska writes:

It,s seems to be good. Secretary clinton think,s about peoples

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