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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute
(June 16-17, 2007)

National Advocacy Days
(June 17-19, 2007)


AGENDA

National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute:
Building our Political Movement for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Washington Doubletree Hotel
1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Saturday, June 16
6:00pm Registration Begins
8:00pm

Terrace Ballroom

Opening Remarks
"A Year in Brit Tzedek Grassroots Activism"
Carinne Luck, Director of Chapter and Grassroots Development

Opening Plenary:
"Organizing in the American Jewish Community: Unique Challenges and Opportunities"
Panelists include:

Daniel Sieradski, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Jew School, a popular left-wing Jewish weblog, as well as weblogs Radical Torah and Orthodox Anarchist
Hadar Susskind, Washington Director, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Debbie Stillman, Assoc. Director of Operations, Washington DC; National Council of Jewish Women
Moderated by Carinne Luck

Sunday, June 17
9:00 - 10:45am Workshop Session I
11:00am - 12:45pm

Workshop Session II

1:00 - 2:30pm 

State Room

Lunch (Vegetarian Box Lunch) *Kosher Vegetarian available upon request.

"Relationship Building: A Core to Effective Activism"
Cherie Brown, Chair, Chapter Development Committee

"Honoring Marcia Freedman, Brit Tzedek Founding President"
Marcia Freedman, Founding and Outgoing Board President

2:30 - 4:15pm

Workshop Session III

4:30 - 6:15pm

Workshop Session IV

National Advocacy Days 2007
Sunday, June 17
8:00pm

Terrace Ballroom

Keynote Address:
"The Call for a Diplomatic 'Surge': New Developments In Arab-Israeli Peacemaking and the Role of the US"
Washington Doubletree Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC


Speakers:

Ziad J. Asali, President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine
Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative, New America Foundation; lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative
Mara Rudman, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, national security and foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East


Co-hosted by the Washington DC chapter of Brit Tzedek

Monday, June 18
8:30am - 9:30am Welcome and Overview of Brit Tzedek Advocacy Strategy
Cannon Caucus Room (Rm 345), Cannon House Office Building
  • Diane Balser, Advocacy Chair, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Rob Levy, Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • 9:30 - 12:30pm

    Policy Briefing Sessions
    Cannon Caucus Room (Rm 345), Cannon House Office Building

    Speakers:

  • Reva Price, Senior Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA)
  • Joel Rubin, Foreign Policy Advisor for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
  • Matthew Rosenstock, Senior Political Officer, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs - U.S. State Department
  • *Continental Breakfast will be provided
    12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
    1:30 - 5:00pm

    National Advocacy Training Sessions
    Hart Senate Office Building (Rm. 902)

    Presenters:

  • Diane Balser - Advocacy Chair, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Rob Levy - Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Steve Masters - Advocacy Co-Chair, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • 5:30 - 7:00pm

    Congressional Reception
    Rayburn Foyer (2nd floor), Rayburn House Office Building

    Speakers include:

  • Rep. Lois Capps (CA)
  • Rep. David Price (NC)
  • Rep. Susan Davis (CA)*
  • *invited
    Tuesday, June 19
    10:00am - 3:30pm Advocacy meetings with Senators, Representatives, and their Staff
    3:30 - 4:30pm Debriefing and Next Steps: Bringing Advocacy Back to the Grassroots



    Workshop Session I
    Chairman's Room

    Public Relations and Public Speaking
    [Media and Communications]
    Diane Cantor, Aaron Ahuvia and Jessica Rosenblum
    Description Cantor Bio

    Rosenblum Bio

    Ahuvia Bio

    Congressional Room

    From Activists to Advocates: A How-to Guide to Home District Advocacy
    [Grassroots Organizing]
    Diane Balser and Rob Levy

    Description

    Levy Bio

    Balser Bio

    Director's Room

    Developing a Local Strategy for your Chapter
    [Building a Chapter]
    Carinne Luck
    and Steve Masters

    Description

    Luck Bio

    Masters Bio

    Workshop Session II

    Director's Room

    Cultivating and Supporting Leadership Within Your Chapter
    [Building a Chapter]
    Cherie Brown

    Description Brown Bio

    Chairman's Room

    Communicating Our Message to the Media
    [Media and Communication]
    Diane Cantor and Jessica Rosenblum

    Description Cantor Bio

    Rosenblum Bio
    Congressional Room

    Finding Allies and Building Relationships with Jewish Communal Organizations and Synagogues
    [Grassroots Organizing]
    Steve Masters and Rabbi Scott Weiner

    Description Masters Bio

    Rabbi Weiner Bio
    Workshop Session III
    Congressional Room

    Campaigns and Events as Organizing Tools
    [Grassroots Organizing]
    Carinne Luck and Ben Murane

    Description Luck Bio

    Murane Bio

    Director's Room

    Turning Your Supporters Into Activists
    [Building a Chapter]
    Judith Kaye and Cherie Brown

    Description

    Kaye Bio

    Brown Bio

    Chairman's Room

    Handling Difficult Situations
    [Media and Communications]
    Diane Cantor, Jessica Rosenblum and Rich Breitkopf

    Description Cantor Bio

    Rosenblum Bio

    Breitkopf Bio
    Workshop Session IV

    Terrace Ballroom

    Let's Talk! - Communicating the Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Message
    [All Participants]
    Cherie Brown and Aaron Ahuvia

    Description Brown Bio

    Ahuvia Bio


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