Monday, October 29, 2007

Grassroots Civilian Diplomacy

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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

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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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