GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY TRAINING

At the Expose AIPAC Mobilization
Washington, DC

March 2, 2013


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TELL CONGRESS:
AIPAC Doesn't Speak for Me!

AIPAC WANTS WAR WITH IRAN:
American's Don't!


GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY TRAINING
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PRESENTERS

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EXPOSE AIPAC MOBILIZATION
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Note: To participate in the grassroots advocacy training on March 2, you must register to participate in AIPAC mobilization. Payment is made for participation in events on March 2. All other events are free of charge (unless otherwise indicated).


SATURDAY, MARCH 2: Official Events

Location:
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

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8:30 – 9:15: Registration

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9:15 – 9:30 AM: Welcome


9:30 – 11:00 AM:
Policy Panel

AIPAC and the Politics of the Present: Assessing Strengths, Weaknesses and Alternatives

  • Jamal Abdi - Policy Director at the National Iranian American Council
  • Philip Farah - Co-founder of Palestinian American Christians for Peace and the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Rebecca Vilkomerson - Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace
  • MODERATOR: Medea Benjamin - Co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange

 

11:00 – 11:15 AM: Morning Break

 

11:15 – 12:45 PM: Workshop Session 1  

Workshop 1A: Palestine/Israel Track
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions 101: An Introduction to Strategic Organizing

  • Ramah Kudaimi - Membership and Outreach Coordinator at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Workshop 1B: Palestine/Israel Track
Ending Military Aid to Israel: Mobilizing for Policy Change in Your Community

  • Josh Ruebner - National Advocacy Director at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Workshop 1C: Iran Track & Palestine/Israel Track
Moving the Ball in Washington Against AIPAC: What Are the Israel Lobby's Objectives and How Can We Promote Different Policies?

  • Robert Naiman - Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy

Workshop 1D: Iran Track
Stories from Iran: How Are Iranians are Suffering and Resisting?

  • Presented by Havar - The Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression

12:45 – 2:30 PM:  Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM:  OPTIONAL PARTICIPANT LED WORKSHOPS
Coming to the event? Bring your workshop idea and sign-up early before spaces are filled!

 

2:30 – 4:15 PM:  Workshop Session 2

Workshop 2A: Palestine/Israel Track
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaigns in Progress (spotlight on TIAA-CREF, SodaStream, and more)

  • Rebecca Vilkomerson - Executive Director at Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Shelley Cohen Fudge - DC Metro Chapter Coordinator of Jewish Voice for Peace and organizing committee member of national Interfaith Boycott Coalition

Workshop 2B: Palestine/Israel Track
Translating Experience into Action: Using Your Trip to Palestine/Israel to Launch or Deepen Your Activism

  • Mike Daly - Program Coordinator at Interfaith Peace-Builders
  • Emily Siegel - Delegations Coordinator at Interfaith Peace-Builders

Workshop 2C: Palestine/Israel Track
Advocacy Training: Constituent Lobbying for Peace in Palestine/Israel

This workshop is required for anyone planning to participate in the Palestine/Israel Track of the Constituent Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 5.

  • Mike Coogan - Legislative Coordinator and Manager of Finance & Administration, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Workshop 2D: Iran Track
Advocacy Training
This workshop is required for anyone planning to participate in the Iran Peace Track of the Constituent Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 5.

  • Leila Zand - Director of the Task Force on the Middle East at the Fellowship of Reconciliation


4:15 – 4:30: Afternoon Break

4:30 - 6:00 PM:  Keynote Address

Is A New US Role in the Middle East Possible?
Can We Put Principles Before Special Interests?
By Phyllis Bennis

RESPONDENTS:

Jonathan Kuttab
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Human Rights lawyer and co-founder of Al-Haq, the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, and Sabeel

Robert Naiman
- Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy


MODERATOR:

Jacob Pace
- Communications and Advocacy Coordinator at Interfaith Peace-Builders


bennis
Phyllis Bennis is a researcher at the Institute for Political Studies, where she directs the New Internationalism project. She has been a writer, analyst and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001, she helped found and remains a member of the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. She is also co-chair of the UN-based International Coordination Network on Palestine and has played an active role in the growing global peace movement since 2002. She continues to work as an adviser to several high-ranking UN officials on the Middle East and the democratization of the UN. Phyllis is the author of eight books, including a series of textbooks on U.S. intervention in the Middle East and Central Asia, including: Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Textbook (2009); The End of the Iraq War: Textbook (2009); Understanding the US-Iranian Crisis: Textbook (2009); The End of the US War in Afghanistan: Textbook (2010). She is the co-editor of Beyond the Storm: A Reader of the Gulf Crisis (1991) and Altered States: A Reader in the New World Order (1993).  Phyllis is also a researcher at the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.

 

6:00 – 6:15 PM:  Mobilization Logistics and Reminders

Where To Be and What To Expect During Mobilization and Street Protests

  • CODEPINK organizers

 

6:30 – 9:00 PM:  Social Event and Fundraiser

New Perspectives on Peace with Justice:
An Evening with Interfaith Peace-Builders

Join Interfaith Peace-Builders for an inspirational evening of words and music headlined by recent members of IFPB delegations to Palestine/Israel. These recent delegates bring years of experience working in Irish American, African American and Palestinian American communities.

Musical guests draw on the deep folk traditions of African American and Arab communities.

Location:
The Goethe Institut
812 7th St NW  
Washington, DC 20001

Requested Donation: $30 - $100
Food and Beverage provided

Great Raffle Prizes including:
Scholarships for an IFPB delegation, a private yoga class,
debka (Palestinian folk dance) lesson, a case of local wine, and more!

Featured Speakers:

  • Father Sean McManus – Founder of the Irish National Caucus, author of “My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland. . . and the Holy Land”, and initiator of the McBride Principles and the Holy Land Principles.
  • Reverend Carolyn Boyd - Adjunct Pastor at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, former national Co-Chair of Black Voices for Peace, author and the host of “Spirit In Action” on WPFW radio.
  • Hanan Idilbi - Palestinian-American attorney, Board Member of Interfaith Peace-Builders, and member of the US Palestine Community Network.

Musical Guests:

  • Feras and Ehab - Playing modern oud compositions rooted in the deep cultural traditions of Palestine
  • Luci Murphy -  a D.C.-based vocalist and community activist in the peace and social justice movement, singing songs of freedom

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 3: Mobilization and Protest Actions

    Location:
    Washington DC Convention Center
    801 Mount Vernon Place, NW  
    Washington, DC 20001

    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM: CODEPINK Mobilization and Protest Actions

    Click here to Sign-Up for Actions

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    MONDAY, MARCH 4: Mobilization and Protest Actions

    Location:
    Washington DC Convention Center
    801 Mount Vernon Place, NW  
    Washington, DC 20001

    7:00 PM: CODEPINK Mobilization and Protest Actions

    Click here to Sign-Up for Actions

    Click Here for Further Information

     

    TUESDAY, MARCH 5: Constituent Lobby Day

    Location:
    Capitol Hill
    Washington, DC

    Participants are responsible for scheduling their own lobby meetings in one of two tracks. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is coordinating asks related to Palestine/Israel; the Fellowship of Reconciliation is coordinating asks related to peace with Iran.

    • Click here for contact information for your representatives
    • Click here for tips on constituent lobbying

    Participants will be provided with packets and information for meetings with Congressional Representatives. Click Here for More Information.




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    This event is sponsored by:
    Interfaith Peace-Builders, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, CODEPINK, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

    endorsed by:
    Jewish Voice for Peace, Adalah - New York, American Muslims for Palestine, Jews Say No, Palestine Media Project, and more

     


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