The Creative Coalition Joins ED In ’08 to Make Education Top Election Priority

The Creative Coalition Joins ED In ’08 to Make Education Top Election Priority

Des Moines, IA (August 16, 2007) – The Creative Coalition (TCC) is calling upon the 2008 Presidential candidates to make education reform a top platform priority.

In partnership with the Strong American Schools’ “ED in 08” campaign, actors and TCC members Wendie MalickMaura TierneyHill HarperRon Livingston,Darrell Smith and Bruce Davison, along with Roy Romer, Chairman of Strong American Schools, will be at the Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate in Des Moines, Iowa on August 19 to promote the critical need for educating our youth to be of top priority for the next President of the United States.

While in Des Moines, The Creative Coalition and ED in ’08 will launch the taping of a PSA campaign designed to bring the issue to the forefront of the national agenda.

DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

WHAT:The Creative Coalition and Strong American Schools’ “ED in 08” host delegation to Iowa Presidential Candidate Debate and launch production of a PSA series.

WHO:Actors Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me; Racing Stripes), Maura Tierney (ER), Hill Harper (CSI New York), Ron Livingston (Sex in the City, Band of Brothers)Darrell Smith (The Wire), and Bruce Davison (X-Men, X2); and Roy Romer, Chairman of Strong American Schools.

WHERE:Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

WHEN:Sunday Morning

August 19, 2007

Press must be credentialed to attend this event.  For press credentials or additional information, please contact Ken Ericson, 202.466.1396,ken@westinrinehart.com, or Sonja Olson, 202.466.3050,sonja@westinrinehart.com

About The Creative Coalition (www.thecreativecoalition.org)

The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.  Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy.  Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.  For more information, please visitwww.thecreativecoalition.org

About Strong American Schools (www.strongamericanschools.org)

Strong American Schools, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a nonpartisan campaign supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promoting sound education policies for all Americans. SAS does not support or oppose any candidate for public office and does not take positions on legislation.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 16, 2007

CONTACT:

Sonja Olson, 202.466.3050, sonja@westinrinehart.com

Ken Ericson, 202.466.1396, ken@westinrinehart.com

Shannon Murphy, 202 552 4555, shannon.murphy@strongamericanschools.org

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