Miss America to address Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Federal Underage Drinking Priorities in Washington, DC
MADD National President to Discuss Potential Congressional Action That Would Hurt Victims of Crime
Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry, the national spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), will be in Washington, D.C., to visit members of Congress and address members’ staff on MADD’s federal underage drinking priorities. Jennifer will also talk about her platform—Building Intolerance to Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking—which was sparked from the death of her friend due to underage drinking and driving. Jennifer will be joined by MADD National President Glynn Birch who will discuss additional federal funding initiatives that support victims of crime.
Jennifer and Glynn will be discussing the following topics:
STOP Underage Drinking Act – MADD is asking Congress to support the passage of the Sober Truth On Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act, H.R.864/S.408, which calls for a central agency to coordinate underage drinking prevention efforts, a national underage drinking media campaign targeting parents, funding to communities and colleges/universities in order to prevent youth alcohol use and funding for additional research on underage drinking. Alcohol continues to be the No. 1 drug of choice among the nation’s youth, killing more young people than all other illicit drugs combined.
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – MADD is calling on Congress to reject the Administration’s proposed cut of the $1.255 billion Victims of Crime fund from the FY 07 budget. MADD is one of 4,400 programs that depends on the funding to provide direct assistance to victims of all crime including drunk driving, domestic violence and child abuse. The money is not generated by taxpayers, rather offenders’ fees. If the funding disappears, victims of crime will suffer.
About the Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more then $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Web site: http://www.missamerica.org.
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