March 6-7, 2011 · Washington, DC

5 Ways to Act Now!

Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day Participants:
Click here to follow-up on your March 7 congressional meetings

The third Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has ended as another success!

Nearly 200 people from almost 30 states came to Washington to learn important skills for their activism and engage their congressional representatives on important issues of public policy.

Participants held over 60 meetings with congressional offices and pursued clear policy objectives of conditioning military aid to Israel and investigating weapons transfers to Israel and violations of US law.

Over the coming weeks, we will be working to post video and workshop materials from the event. In the meantime, you can access the Congressional Asks and add your voice to the debate!

Continue the important work we began in DC by bringing the Congressional Asks to your elected representatives! Below are resources and opportunities to take action and learn more.

There is no better time than now to act and no time to lose. Be the change you want to see!

1. Book a Meeting with your Members of Congress During Constituent Work Week and/or Spring Recess

March 21 - 25, 2011 is Congress' Constituent Work Week and April 18 - 29, 2011 is Spring Recess. During these dates, your representatives will be at home in your local district.

Act now to book a meeting and take the Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day asks directly to the decision makers! Assemble a delegation of concerned constituents, or go solo, and download our Congressional Advocacy Packet with the full lists of asks. The packet includes the memos, letters, resources and Talking Points our activists took to Capitol Hill on March 7.

  • Click here for tips on how to conduct a meeting with your Members of Congress (including a template meeting request for email and fax)!


2. Join the Congressional District Coordinator Network

The best way to remain active and engaged in legislative advocacy is to join the Congressional District Coordinator network. An initiative of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the CDC Network is supported by numerous members of the coalition, including Interfaith Peace-Builders. Take a leadership role in organizing locally for national change by joining the CDC today.

Click here for more information and to find out what it takes to be a Congressional District Coordinator!

3. Join Move Over AIPAC protests in DC May 21-24, 2011!

CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Global Exchange, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, together with over 50 peace and justice groups, are organizing a gathering in Washington DC from May 21-24, 2011, called “Move Over AIPAC: Building a New US Middle East Policy.” The event provides a timely and action-oriented follow-up opportunity to the Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day. Timed to coincide with the annual policy meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), activists and concerned citizens from around the country will come together to learn about the extraordinary influence AIPAC has on U.S. policy and how to strengthen an alternative that respects the rights of all people in the region.

Click here for more information, and to sign up for the Move Over AIPAC mobilization!


4. Join an upcoming Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation to Palestine/Israel

Take your advocacy to the next level by joining Interfaith Peace-Builders in our unique delegations. Travel with us to meet the organizers and advocates at the forefront of the struggle for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine.

Since 2000, Interfaith Peace-Builders has sent nearly 600 people on 35 fact-finding delegations to Israel/Palestine. Today, our delegations continue as a testament to the transformative power of learning directly from those living in Israel/Palestine. Travel with us to learn more, gain skills for advocacy on this issue, and meet and network with organizations and individuals working in Israel/Palestine.

Interfaith Peace-Builders is organizing three delegations this summer:

  • May 21 - June 3 - Voices of the Peacemakers
    Led by Adam Horowitz and Huwaida Arraf! Application deadline fast approaching - apply today!

  • July 16 - July 29 - Today's Realities, Tomorrow's Leaders
    Co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and led by Mohammed Abu Nimr and Emily Siegel

  • July 16 - July 29 - African Heritage Delegation
    The first of its kind, this delegation is open to members of African heritage communities and led by Gerald Lenoir and Zoharah Simmons

Click here to learn more about upcoming Interfaith Peace-Builders delegations and download applications


5. Donate to Support this work and Join IFPB on Facebook Causes

Efforts like the Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day would not be possible without the support of hundreds of individuals just like you. Please take a moment to donate to Interfaith Peace-Builders and help us continue our support for grassroots education and advocacy around the country.

Click here to donate online via paypal!

Click here to join IFPB on Facebook Causes and get updates on our work and the efforts of IFPB delegates to make change!


A special thanks to everyone who attended and supported the 2011 Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day. Events like this are one of many steps towards an end to the Israeli occupation and an peaceful and just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This event would not be possible without your support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Interfaith Peace-Builders to continue our important work.

Thanks to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the American Friends Service Committee and all the endorsing organizations. Stay tuned for more action items and follow-up from the 2011 Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day.


Nothing better prepares activists to work on the conflict than eyewitness experience. Your donation will further the education and engagement of new participants and build a larger, more diverse movement! Click here to donate online.

Donate for Scholarships: There are many enthusiastic people who want to go on a delegation but cannot afford it. Your donation to IFPB’s Scholarship Fund will directly assist young people, low income activists, people of color, and interfaith leaders who want to participate in our work. Click here to donate online.


Your participation as an eyewitness will enrich your understanding of the conflict and empower your work back in the United States! Click here for information on upcoming delegations.

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

Endorsed by:
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Friends of Tent of Nations - North America, 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 National Peace Foundation, Students for Justice in Palestine (American University), and the Washington Peace Center

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