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Kaczynski to Introduce Journey of Hope

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Family members of murder victims will be among those speaking about their personal journeys toward reconciliation in a program at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26, in the auditorium of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center at Hudson Valley Community College.

Sponsored by the Campus Ministry Office at the college, the free, public event will feature David Kaczynski as program facilitator. An area resident, Kaczynski became a leader in discussions about reconciliation after his brother, Ted Kaczynski, was convicted as the "Unabomber."

Led by murder victims' family members, "Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing" is an organization that conducts public education speaking tours addressing alternatives to the death penalty. The group's "storytellers" recount their tragedies and struggles to heal as a means of opening dialog on the death penalty in schools, colleges, churches and other venues. Among the speakers are death row family members, witnesses to executions, death row survivors and others.

Friday's program at Hudson Valley is part of the organization's first tour in New York State.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.