On March 5, U.S. English, Inc. Director of Communications Rob Toonkel will appear at a Capitol Hill Briefing put on by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, “Official English vs. English-Plus: The U.S. Language Policy Debate.” The event is free and open to the public. The complete invitation appears below:

On behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), it is our pleasure to invite you to the upcoming CHLI Congressional Briefing titled: “Official English vs. English-Plus: The U.S. Language Policy Debate.” Under the sponsorship of Altria Group, Inc, CHLI will host its first briefing of the year on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building Room B-340.

The invited panel includes a select group of policy experts representing advocates of both Official English and English-Plus. Each panelist will provide brief remarks on their respective viewpoints with a question and answer (Q&A) session following the panel’s discussion. Confirmed panelists include:

• Mr. Paul Crespo, President, Civica Americana
• Dr. Miguel Martínez López, Education and Science Commissioner, Embassy of Spain
• Mr. John Trasviña, President and General Counsel of MALDEF
• Mr. Robert Toonkel, Director of Communications, U.S. English, Inc
• Mr. Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director, League of United Latin American Citizens

Since 2006, the CHLI Congressional Briefing Series provides an opportunity for open discussion on timely issues of interest to our nation’s largest minority community. Briefings are held on a regular basis on Capitol Hill and have attracted key decision makers from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, Senior Administration officials, public policy advocates, Hispanic community leaders and others. Past speakers and panelist have included Senator John McCain (AZ), Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY), Senator Mel Martinez (FL), Dr. Cristina Beato, Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and Patricia Diaz-Dennis, Girl Scouts USA, Chairwoman among others. Event is free and open to invited guests.

Established in 2003, CHLI is a 501 (C) (3) organization dedicated to creating a broader
awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of millions of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. CHLI is committed to working on strategic solutions to benefit both the Hispanic community and the nation as a whole.

Due to limited space, please confirm your assistance by calling (202) 347-8280 or via email at RSVP@chli.org by COB Monday, March 3rd, 2008. A continental breakfast will be provided. We hope you can join us for this informative briefing.

U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.