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Young Political Leaders From the U.S. Visit Uruguay

ACYPL delegation completed weeklong visit as part of their practical education program

Posted: September 15, 2005

A nine person group from the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) representing many different regions of the United States completed on September 13, a weeklong stay in Uruguay meeting with several important figures from the three major political parties and leading businessman from very diverse industries.

The ACYPL is a bipartisan, non-profit educational exchange organization dedicated to fostering relations between the next generation of political leaders in the United States and their counterparts around the world. Its practical education programs include international exchanges, foreign policy and democracy conferences and election study programs.

Each year ACYPL sends young Americans (age 25-40) on political study tours abroad and organizes reciprocal visits to the United States. Participants learn diplomatic skills, engage in dialogue on bilateral issues and forge professional relationships through the unique access they receive to the political leadership of the nation(s) they visit.

The delegation visiting Uruguay this year is headed by the Honorable Joseph Thompson, attorney from the Barnett Law Firm in New Mexico. The delegates are: Michael Biggs (D), Director of Policy of the Office of Policy and Strategy U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Washington DC; Tanya Cook (D), Assistant to the Governor for Urban Affairs - State of Nebraska; the Honorable Julie Lassa (D), Senator - State of Wisconsin; the Honorable Ryan Taylor (D), Senator - State of North Dakota; the Honorable Chad Christensen (R), Member - Nevada State Assembly; Steven DiMasi (R), Senior Director of Government Relations for Cendant Corporation - Virginia; the Honorable Michelle Fischbach (R), Senator - State of Minnesota; and Araceli Gonzalez (R), founder AG Business Services - California.

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ACYPL delegation during a meeting with U.S. Embassy"s Political and Economic Affairs Officer Peter Harding. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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ACYPL delegation during a meeting with U.S. Embassy's Political and Economic Affairs Officer Peter Harding.

U.S. Chargé D"Affaires James Nealon welcomes ACYPL delegation to Uruguay and congratulates them on their study program. Clockwise around the table, Linda Gonzalez (U.S. A/Deputy Chief of Mission), Michelle Fischbach (Minnesota), Steven DiMasi (Virginia), Michael Biggs (DC), Tanya Cook (Nebraska), Julie Lassa (Wisconsin), Joseph Thompson (New Mexico), Peter Harding, Ryan Taylor (North Dakota), Araceli Gonzalez (California), Chad Christensen (Nevada), and James Nealon. Away from the table is James Perez, Economic and Commercial Affairs Officer. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon welcomes ACYPL delegation to Uruguay and congratulates them on their study program.


ACYPL group posing with Uruguayan Foreign Affairs Minister Reinaldo Gargano. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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ACYPL group posing with Uruguayan Foreign Affairs Minister Reinaldo Gargano following an informative meeting in his office.

Uruguayan Foreign Affairs Minister Reinaldo Gargano takes ACYPL group on a personally guided tour of the Ministry. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Uruguayan Foreign Affairs Minister Reinaldo Gargano takes ACYPL group on a personally guided tour of the Ministry.


Frente Amplio Party Political Secretary Fabrizio Siniscalchi with ACYPL"s Araceli Gonzalez welcomes ACYPL delegation to Frente Amplio Party headquarters. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Frente Amplio Party Political Secretary Fabrizio Siniscalchi with ACYPL's Araceli Gonzalez welcomes ACYPL delegation to Frente Amplio Party headquarters.
 

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, ACYPL"s Araceli Gonzalez, Steve DiMasi, Michelle Fischbach, and Julie Lassa pose with portrait of late Gral Liber Seregni, a leader who inspired many of Frente Amplio"s ideals. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, ACYPL's Araceli Gonzalez, Steve DiMasi, Michelle Fischbach, and Julie Lassa pose with portrait of late Gral Liber Seregni, a leader who inspired many of Frente Amplio's ideals.


ACYPL delegation receiving Frente Amplio literature and stickers upon leaving party headquarters. From left to right: Michael Biggs, Joseph Thompson, Linda Gonzalez, Ryan Taylor, Amanda Cordones. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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ACYPL delegation receiving Frente Amplio literature and stickers upon leaving party headquarters. From left to right: Michael Biggs, Joseph Thompson, Linda Gonzalez, Ryan Taylor, Amanda Cordones.

ACYPL delegation at Colorado Party headquarters with Congressman Washington Abdala, and former congressmen Juan Maspoli and Diego Martinez. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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ACYPL delegation at Colorado Party headquarters with Congressman Washington Abdala, former Congressman Juan Maspoli, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, and Diego Martinez.


In a self portrait, Chad Christensen from Nevada makes sure to include the image of Jose Batlle y Ordoñez, Uruguayan president during 1903-07 and 1911-15, leader of the Colorado Party. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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In a self portrait, Chad Christensen from Nevada makes sure to include the image of Jose Batlle y Ordoņez, Uruguayan president during 1903-07 and 1911-15, leader of the Colorado Party.

Steven DiMasi, from Cendant Corporation in Virginia, listens to Congressman Washington Abdala explain Colorado Party ideology. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Steven DiMasi, from Cendant Corporation in Virginia, listens to Congressman Washington Abdala explain Colorado Party ideology.
 


ACYPL delegation meets with A/President of the House Congresswoman Beatriz Argimon of the Blanco Party. Argimon is also president of the House Human Rights Committee and member of the Committees of Women"s Issues and Population and Social Development. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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ACYPL delegation meets with A/President of the House Congresswoman Beatriz Argimon of the Blanco Party. Argimon is also president of the House Human Rights Committee and member of the Committees of Women"s Issues and Population and Social Development. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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ACYPL delegation meets with A/President of the House Congresswoman Beatriz Argimon of the Blanco Party. Argimon is also president of the House Human Rights Committee and member of the Committees of Women's Issues and Population and Social Development.


Steven DiMasi, Ryan Taylor, Tanya Cook, Amanda Cordones, Julie Lassa, Congresswoman Beatriz Argimon (Blanco Party), U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, Araceli Gonzalez, and Michael Biggs. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Steven DiMasi, Ryan Taylor, Tanya Cook, Amanda Cordones, Julie Lassa, Congresswoman Beatriz Argimon (Blanco Party), U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, Araceli Gonzalez, and Michael Biggs.
 
 

Congressman Javier Garcia representing the Blanco Party speaks to the ACYPL delegates during a meeting with congressmen of all four political parties. To his right, congressmen Gustavo Borsari and Alvaro Lorenzo. To his left, congressmen Carlos Baraibar and Felipe Borche, and Councilman Eduardo Jaime. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Congressman Javier Garcia representing the Blanco Party speaks to the ACYPL delegates during a meeting with congressmen of all four political parties. To his right, congressmen Gustavo Borsari and Alvaro Lorenzo; to his left, congressmen Carlos Baraibar and Felipe Borche, and Councilman Eduardo Jaime.


ACYPL delegation visits the city of Colonia. Mayor Walter Zimmer, center, is pictured with Joseph Thompson and Linda Gonzalez to his right, Alfredo Martinez and Daniel Bianchi to his left. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)
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ACYPL delegation visits the city of Colonia. Mayor Walter Zimmer, center, is pictured with Joseph Thompson and Linda Gonzalez to his right, Alfredo Martinez and Daniel Bianchi to his left.

ACYPL delegation in Maldonado, posing with Maldonado Mayor Oscar De Los Santos, center. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)
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ACYPL delegation in Maldonado, posing with Maldonado Mayor Oscar De Los Santos, center.
 


Ryan Taylor, Michael Biggs, and Linda Gonzalez pose with pupils and their teacher from the Nueva Helvecia Public School #126 in Colonia. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)
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Ryan Taylor, Michael Biggs, and Linda Gonzalez pose with pupils and their teacher from the Nueva Helvecia Public School #126 in Colonia.

Tanya Cook, Ryan Taylor, Linda Gonzalez, and Julie Lassa with schoolchildren from the Nueva Helvecia Public School #126 in Colonia. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)
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Tanya Cook, Ryan Taylor, Linda Gonzalez, and Julie Lassa with schoolchildren from the Nueva Helvecia Public School #126 in Colonia.


ACYPL delegation with schoolchildren from the Nueva Helvecia Public School #126 in Colonia. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)
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ACYPL delegation with schoolchildren from the Nueva Helvecia Public School #126 in Colonia.

 
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