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York College of Pennsylvania
Professor of History, Emeritus ,
York County Heritage Trust
Veterans for Obama
Central Pennsylvania's Honorary Chairman
York Region District School Board
Civil War history
history and political science
University of Arizona
University of San Diego
"It's reported that Ms. Palin, like George W. Bush, favors teaching "creationism" along side "Darwinism" as "equal theories" in public school science classes," Dr. Avillo, a noted educator, commented.
Avillo was referring to the famous Kitzmiller, et. al. v. Dover Area School District Case, the first direct challenge brought in the United States federal courts by eleven Dover parents and teachers against a public school district that required the presentation of "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution as an "explanation of the origin of life." The plaintiffs successfully argued that intelligent design is a form of creationism, and that the school board policy thus violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Dr. Avillo attended a fund raising event hosted by current Dover Area School Board Member Republican Rick Dapp and his wife, former school board member, Patricia Dapp. Avillo, a highly decorated former Marine officer, said. "That kind of action takes real courage and a firm commitment to the principles of American Democracy." "We're supporting Phil Avillo for Congress in Dover, because we want to see our nation and our representative in Congress get back on course with basic American values." Dover Area School Board member Dapp said. "We're tired of the waste of poorly planned war, the profiteering by the oil industry and its puppets in Congress, on the middle class with the highest gas and oil heating costs in history. We want to change the direction of our country and we want smart, independent leadership representing the people of the 19 district in Washington, not supporting the failed Bush-Cheney administration." Dapp added, "We know Phil Avillo is in touch with the real needs of folks around here. Phil is the kind of man who will work closely with community leaders to build better public schools, lower the cost of college education, lower taxes, attract better family supporting jobs, and provide better health care for all of our citizens." Mr. Dapp also Chairs Republicans For Avillo for Congress, an organization of Republicans and conservatives in the 19th Congressional District supporting Dr. Avillo. Dr. Phil Avillo firstname.lastname@example.org Avillo for Congress (Avillo08) 2536 Eastern Blvd. Box 436 York, PA 17402 717-781-9820 Vets for Obama endorse Phil Avillo BLET/ Teamsters endorse Phil Avillo
"The Democrats always speak with many voices, but there will be one clear, strong message coming out of Denver this week -- it's time for real change all across America," Avillo says.
(York, PA) -- As opening day of the 2008 Democratic Convention gets underway in an array of glitz and media coverage in Denver, local congressional candidate Phil Avillo said today that he expects to see a stronger unified party, with a single, clear message for change in America, emerge from the convention and into the November general election. "Americans -- particularly Democrats and Independents -- will vote in unprecedented numbers this November, and we'll be voting for change at every level of government, from the White House to our local congressional seat right here in the 19th Congressional District." Avillo said. "Convention politics will play out this week as they always do in any political convention, but in the end, we'll see the strongest National Democratic Party we've had in years." He added. Calling the Bush-Cheney Administration one the "most remarkably failed presidencies in history," Dr. Avillo, a noted history professor, said real change will have to happen at the Congressional level to be meaningful to residents here in the mid-state. "It's not going to help our citizens here in Cumberland, York and Adams counties if a forward looking Obama-Biden Administration has to deal with the same old do-nothing backward looking congress of the last eight years," He said. "The billions we waste abroad in vote after vote in the U.S. House of Representatives only weakens our infrastructure right here at home." Avillo said, "I'm running as the clear and obvious candidate for change in the 19th District, and I represent real change which means a new approach to economic issues like job development, energy, health care, education, and a defense program that moves our nation in a new direction of a more secure world, as well as a stronger economic infrastructure for residents here in the mid-state." He added that when the smoke clears on the Democratic Convention later this week, the Democratic Party will be highly organized, well financed, and ready to campaign hard all the way to November. For further information about Dr. Phil Avillo, please visit, www.avillo08.com. Contacts: Phil Avillo email@example.com Avillo for Congress (Avillo08) 2536 Eastern Blvd. Box 436 York, PA 17402 717-781-9820 Editor's note: Dr. Phil Avillo is available for comment and interviews. Vets for Obama endorse Phil Avillo BLET/ Teamsters endorse Phil Avillo
"We're looking for real leadership in Congress, the kind of leadership that heroes like Phil Avillo will bring to keep the faith with those who have served and to fight for the kind of change that will strengthen our nation."
PA Vets Chairman says. (Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania Veterans for Obama today endorsed Phil Avillo for Congress in the 19th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, according to an announcement by Mark Harrison, Chairman of the highly organized and influential state-wide veterans organization. "It's time for a change in Washington that strengthens our farms, smalls businesses, schools and hard working communities in Adams, Cumberland, and York Counties," Avillo says. (Harrisburg, PA) -- The major unions of America endorsed Phil Avillo for Congress in the 19th District this week according to Ken Kertesz, Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainman (BLET). Phil Avillo Outpolls Platts by Over 10,000 Votes Avillo for Congress Remember seeing that headline in our newspapers after the April 22nd primary? No? Vets for Obama endorse Phil Avillo BLET/ Teamsters endorse Phil Avillo
Phil Avillo Outpolls Platts by Over 10,000 Votes
Avillo for Congress Remember seeing that headline in our newspapers after the April 22nd primary? No? Vets for Obama endorse Phil Avillo BLET/ Teamsters endorse Phil Avillo
"I think the bills to be introduced in Harrisburg next month are a first step toward reforming state government," Avillo noted, "But I don't think reform will go very far without constituent pressure."
(York, PA) -- Congressional candidate Dr. Phil Avillo said today he supports legislative initiatives to be introduced next month in Harrisburg by reform legislators from across the mid-state. "I support a constitutional convention to vet issues we face here in Pennsylvania, and I support a non-political, non-lobbyist convention composed of a cross section of Pennsylvania's citizens, elected as delegates from across the state, to carefully review any constitutional changes necessary to move state government forward." Avillo said. With some limitations, Avillo added that he is open to a citizen review of the complete Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. "I think Article I of the state constitution -- the Declaration of Rights article, which clearly outlines and guarantees state citizens' rights -- should not be subject to debate, but the other Articles of the Constitution, pertaining to governance and so forth, should be open to complete citizen review and amendment." Avillo said that Pennsylvanians are "resilient under pressure" and that he trusted average citizens to come together "for the greater good" in a constitutional convention to "find the way to better state government through open democracy." Several bills are to be introduced in state House and Senate by representatives from the mid state calling for a convention; however, the bills will require legislative support in the House and Senate before the issue can move forward to the public referendum. Avillo commented that it is not likely any legislative body will favor reforming itself without significant pressure. "It will be necessary for the citizens of Pennsylvania to pressure their elected legislative representatives directly to support the process of reform of state government. We did it with the pay raise issue, we can do it for a constitutional convention" Avillo said he would have more to say on the issue next month, after the legislation has been introduced. Contacts: Phil Avillo firstname.lastname@example.org Avillo for Congress (Avillo08) 2536 Eastern Blvd. Box 436 York, PA 17402 717 781-9820 Editor's note: Dr. Phil Avillo is available for comment and interviews. Vets for Obama endorse Phil Avillo BLET/ Teamsters endorse Phil Avillo