March 7 - 8, 2010 · Washington, DC

Grassroots Advocacy Training Videos:


Videos 1 - 4:
Keynote Panel
US Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The First Year of an Obama Presidency

Noura Erakat - A Palestinian attorney, activist, and adjunct professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University
Rebecca Vilkomerson - Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace and an editor of Jewish Peace News
Zahir Janmohamed (video not available) - Former Director of Middle East Advocacy at Amnesty International and a Senior Legislative Aide on foreign affairs for a member of Congress

Noura and Rebecca address US Policy in the Middle East and the role of citizen activism.

The first two videos show Noura's talk, and the second two feature Rebecca:

Noura Erakat Part 1:

Noura Erakat Part 2:

Rebecca Vilkomerson Part 1:

Rebecca Vilkomerson Part 2:

Videos 5-7:
Introducing our Policy Asks
Josh Ruebner -Congressional Advocacy Coordinator for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Josh introduces the policy asks for the March 8 Lobby Day, focusing on:

  • The FY2011 budget request and conditions on military aid;
  • An end to the siege of Gaza;
  • An investigation into Israeli violations of the Arms Export Control Act; and
  • An investigation of the nonprofit status of US registered charities which transfer money to illegal Israeli settlements

The following three videos contain Josh's presentation.

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Video 8:
Introducing the Congressional District Coordinator Network
Josh Ruebner -Congressional Advocacy Coordinator for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Josh describes the CDC network. Click here for more information or to sign up.


Videos 9 - 12:
Congressional Engagement 201: Developing Relationships  with Representatives and Staff
Ra'ed Jarrar - Senior Fellow on the Middle East for Peace Action
Gael Murphy - Co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace

Ra'ed and Gael share insights on developing lasting and productive relationships with congressional representatives and staff.

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Videos 13 - 16:
Coalition Building with Muslim Communities: Creating Stronger Partnerships
Naeem Baig - Vice President for Public Affairs at the Islamic Circle of North America
Ibrahim Abdil-Mu'id Ramey - Director of the Civil and Human Rights Division at the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation

Ibrahim and Naeem discuss building coalitions with Muslim communities:

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This event sponsored by:
Interfaith Peace-Builders and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Endorsed by:
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, The American Friends Service Committee - Chicago, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Holy Land Trust, the Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA Council for Social Justice, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - USA, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Middle East Research and Information Project, the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Progressive Democrats of America, the Washington Peace Center.