Monday, October 29, 2007

Grassroots Civilian Diplomacy

Farrah Garan: Seeming Contradictions -- The Complexity of Persian Culture

Leila Zand (right) speaking with a fisherman in Anzali Lagoon (Photo: Johanna Uitenbroek)
Grassroots activists in the halls of power
October 1, 2007 - 3:01pm —
Leila Zand

The U.S. Is Threatening to Bomb Iran: We Need to Act Now
A Military Counter-Recruitment Movement Is Emerging to Stop the War in Iraq
What Can YOU Do to Make a Difference?

“Grassroots Civilian Diplomacy: Activists in the Halls of Power”

Two-Day Training on Advocacy for Demilitarization Presented by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB)

WHEN: November 4-5, 2007 (Sunday 1-9 p.m., Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

WHERE: Washington, D.C.: The United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, N.E., on Capitol Hill.

The U.S. government is seeking another $180 billion in funding to continue the military occupation of Iraq – and is now also threatening Iran with military intervention. How can we effectively advocate for social and political change?

FOR and IFPB are working to demilitarize U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, Israel/Palestine, and Colombia, and within schools and youth communities here at home. This work relies on grassroots people engaging their political representatives. In this hands-on training, participants will develop public advocacy skills through interaction with issue experts, practical exercises, and actual visits with congressional offices.

COST: $25-75, sliding scale.

REGISTRATION: Due October 26, 2007.

Contact Sharon Martin,,

Or call if after Oct. 26th!

(845)-358-4601 ext. 33.

Participants are encouraged to join with a partner from your group or local community, to support each other upon returning home. Let us know if you would like help in identifying a partner!

HOUSING: Participants should make their own arrangements. FOR has a list of inexpensive options.

QUESTIONS: Contact Leila Zand,, 845-358-4601 ext. 27

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

No War on Iran! No Nukes!

No War on Iran! No Nukes!

The Time to Stop a War With Iran Is NOW!
As incredible as it might seem, the Bush Administration appears to be actively planning a military strike against Iran -- the beginning of a war which could dwarf even the Iraq war in its grim potential for devastating global conflict.
Here's how you can help:
Carry a NO WAR WITH IRAN sign at the Oct.27 demonstration nearest you! Click here to download the sign.

Click here and sign Peace Action's "No War with Iran!" petition today! This petition rejects any U.S. military action against Iran and demands direct negotiations.This petition is directed to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice; copies will go to Chairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Committee on International Relations.

Click here to sign the After Downing Street Coalition's petition directed at Bush and Cheney.
Contact the Democratic Leadership and urge them to stand up to the Republican leaders if they attempt to win the election through the use of an attack on Iran or a similar action. Click here for their contact information.

Listen to a recording of the most recent Iran Briefing Conference Call (Oct. 9, 2007) for updates on IAEA, U.N. and Congressional actions. Call 641-715-3406 and enter the code 381726. There is no charge to listen to the recording, just the normal long distance charge your phone company will charge.
Spread the word!

Click here for more information.