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Polish community meets with Sen. Spector


April 14, 2009

A Town Hall Meeting between U. S. Senator Arlen Specter and Western Pennsylvania's Polish-American community will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 16.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lower Lounge of the William Pitt Student Union, Bigelow Blvd and Fifth Avenue an the University of Pittsburgh main campus in Oakland.

The event, which is open to all interested parties, is the result of an on-going “frank and honest dialogue” between leaders of the Polish-American community and Senator Specter in response to public remarks delivered by the senator in early December before the Commonwealth Club in New York City. During that address, Senator Specter made several disparaging comments that caused a negative public reaction and great concern within the Polish-American community.

The April 16th event is an effort by area Polish-Americans to personally express their concerns to the senator, and to discuss other issues of importance to the community.

Leaders from five of the largest Polish-American organizations met with Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter in his Capital Hill office on January 13. The meeting was arranged to discuss the Polish-American community's deep anger over public remarks made by the senator in early December before the Commonwealth Club.

Representing Western Pennsylvania's Polish community at the Washington, D. C. meeting were: Timothy Kuzma, president of the Polish Falcons of America; Joseph Kaminski, Western Pennsylvania Region, Polish American Congress; and Rick Pierchalski, president, Polish Cultural Council. Participants also included Frank Spula, president of the Chicago-based Polish National Alliance and Michael Blicharz, director of the Polish-American Cultural Center, Philadelphia.

For information on the Polish-American Town Meeting, contact the Polish Falcons of America at 1-800-535-2071 (toll free) or email


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