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Sister of Mercy of the Americas
Hermanas de la Misericordia de las Americas

July 24, 2012

The Honorable Betty McCollum
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative McCollum,

As members of the Institute Leadership Team for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, we are writing to express our profound gratitude to you for sponsoring the House Resolution honoring Catholic Sisters’ contribution to the nation.

For Immediate Release:  July 18, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Reps. McCollum, Schock Again Team Up to Stop Devastating Impact of Child Marriage


Friends of UNFPA

Cordially invites you to an exclusive screening of the movie

Cairo 6.7.8

Monday, July 16th


Film Screening - 6:00 PM


The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with

Valerie DeFillipo, President, Friends of UNFPA


The Parkway Theater

4814 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis



Valet Parking will be available.

Space is Limited. Please reserve your seat today for this special viewing.

To reserve your tickets please respond by Friday, July 13th to Melissa Kuklin at

Co-sponsored by: Minnesota International Center, National Sponsor: Abbott

Cairo 6.7.8, a Drama from Egypt, is a candid story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt. Much of the film is based on true stories.  The film has been honored with numerous awards at Film Festivals around the world including Chicago, Dubai and Sydney.

This educational event is presented to highlight the status of women in the developing world and help create awareness around global women’s and girls’ issues. This is not a fundraiser but an opportunity to introduce audiences to the work of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

“rarely do issue films make audiences think as well as feel…” – Variety

“proved prophetic” – The LA Times



During the Vietnam War another “secret war” was taking place in Laos with thousands of Hmong fighters assisting the U.S.  The Hmong who risked their lives for the freedom of their country and in the aid of the U.S. suffered tremendously as they served with great courage.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H. Res. 683, expressing the regret of the House of Representatives for the passage of laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the United States, including the Chinese Exclusion Act.

In 1882, the U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act to prohibit people of Chinese descent from immigrating to the U.S. and becoming naturalized citizens. While the Chinese Exclusion Act was finally repealed in 1943, severe restrictions on Chinese immigration continued until the Immigration Act of 1965.

Congresswoman McCollum, Mayor Chris Coleman, BrightFarms, Inc., and J&J Distributing Welcome a New Greenhouse in St. Paul

For Immediate Release:  May 29, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

A Minnesotan who dedicated his life to God  and the people of San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala died on May 24, 2012

Please join Congresswoman McCollum’s official Twitter and Facebook pages to stay informed on her activities in St. Paul and Washington, DC.

Mr. Speaker, once again the U.S. House is acting on legislation, this time H.R. 4133, to restate what has been stated frequently in Congress, by President Obama, and by virtually every candidate running for federal office in the United States:  that the U.S.

Thank you to USAID for organizing this evening's event.  I'm honored to be here to celebrate and recognize the efforts to improve maternal health in Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, and Rwanda. 


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