Platform Drafting Committee
2004 Democratic Party Platform Hearings
“Securing Our Homeland”
Portland, Oregon
May 22, 2004
Fri. May 21
8:00 PM Optional: Dinner at The Benson Hotel, Parliaments Room Private
Sat. May 22
8:00 AM Depart Benson Hotel for travel by bus to Port Terminal 6 Private
8:30 AM Tour of Terminal 6 led by Port Director Bill Wyatt and ILWU local president Jeff Smith Port Security Public
9:20 AM Board bus for travel to Convention Center Public
9:50 AM Arrive Convention Center
10:00 AM Platform Drafting Committee Hearing begins.  Call to order by Congresswoman DeLauro Public
10:00 AM Welcome by Congressman Blumenauer Public
10:10 AM Remarks by Drafing Committee Chair DeLauro Public
10:25 AM James Lee Witt, former Director of FEMA Overview, Emergency Management Public
10:55 AM Ed Wytkind, President of Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO with Leal Sundet of ILWU Rail, Mass Transit Public
11:25 AM Mike McNeill, IAFF International Vice President First Responders: 
Fire Fighters
11:55 AM National Guard Col. Mike Caldwell National Guard Public
12:25 PM Lunch Private
1:15 PM  Hearing reconvenes Public
1:20 PM Susan King, Oregon Nurses Association Executive Director First Responders: Medical Public
1:40 PM Miguel Ascarrunz, Director, Portland Office of Emergency Management Local Needs Public
2:00 PM Cathy Keathley, Chair, Neighborhood Advisory Committee for Fire, Gresham, OR Families Public
2:20 PM Robert King, Portland President of NAPO and Bill Hemby National Coalition of Public Safety Officers First Responders:
2:50 PM Michael Greenberger, Director, Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland Bio-Terror Public
3:10 PM Michael Vatis, Executive Director, Merkle Foundation's Task Force on National Security in the Information Age Counterterrorism
3:30 PM Reed Stager, Digitech VP of Public Policy High Tech/Private Sector Response Public
3:50 PM Joe Smith, State Rep. and member of the OR Pilots Association Executive Board Aviation Security Public
4:10 PM Dr. Grant Higginson, Oregon State Public Health Officer State Needs Public
4:30 PM Hearing Adjourns.
Post-hearing interviews and outreach