Reminder: Yasser Abed Rabbo, chief Palestinian architect of the Geneva Accord, will host a town hall conference call "Challenges and Successes of the Palestinian Authority since the Elections" at 11:00am EDT this Sunday, May 29. More details.



Tell them on the Hill!:
"Pro-Israel! Pro-Peace! Progress!"

Join Brit Tzedek in Washington, DC on June 27-28!

Much is afoot:

  • Just yesterday Brit Tzedek's incoming CEO and current vice-president, Diane Balser, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before his meeting with President Bush.

  • In the coming weeks, Brit Tzedek chapter activists will meet with representatives from nearly 50 congressional offices in their home district offices across the country.

Take the next step: Join us on Capitol Hill for National Advocacy Days, June 27-28 Register now!

Join us as we take our message of a negotiated two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict to Capitol Hill to demonstrate that to be pro-Israel is to be pro-Peace. Register now!

An Intensive Two-Day Advocacy Initiative on Capitol Hill   Agenda

  • Legislative briefings from members of Congress, foreign policy aides, political advisors, and policy analysts, including Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA)*

  • In depth advocacy training sessions with advocacy insiders M.J. Rosenberg (Israel Policy Forum), Lara Friedman (Americans for Peace Now) and Paul Scham (Middle East Institute)

  • Advocacy meetings with your Senators, Representatives and members of the Administration

STAND WITH US! REGISTER TODAY!

Registration: The general registration fee is $40 or $25 for students and low-income. Registration is due by June 10, 2005. Register today online or by fax or post.

Lodging: Brit Tzedek has reserved a block of rooms at the Washington Terrace Hotel (1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW) for a special rate of $99 per night plus taxes (14.5%). To secure this special rate, you must make your reservations by June 10, 2005 by calling (866) 984-6835. Space is limited. Mention "Brit Tzedek" to secure the reduced rate.

Subsidies: Limited funds are available to assist with travel and other related expenses. For more information, please email Jessica@btvshalom.org by June 10.

Membership: Participation is limited to members in good-standing. If you are uncertain about the status of your membership, please contact Leila@btvshalom.org.

Agenda:

Monday - June 27
9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Advocacy Training Sessions
Capitol Hill, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2220

Presenters:
M.J. Rosenberg - Director of Policy Analysis, Israel Policy Forum
Lara Friedman - Legislative Director, Americans for Peace Now
Paul Scham - Middle East Institute Scholar and former Legislative Director, Americans for Peace Now
Diane Balser - CEO, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Steve Masters - Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Topics include: Background on key legislation and foreign assistance funding issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Congress; congressional targets for Advocacy meetings; and how to conduct your advocacy meeting.Background on key legislation and foreign assistance funding issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Congress; congressional targets for Advocacy meetings; and how to conduct your advocacy meeting.
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 - 3:00 pm  Senate and Administration Legislative Briefing
Capitol Hill, Senate side-location to be announced

With Senator John Kerry (D-MA)* and representative from the Administration
4:00 - 6:00 pm Congress Legislative Briefing
Capitol Hill, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2220

With Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Jeremy Rabinovitz (Office of Lois Capps, D-CA) and others
7:30 pm  (Optional) Dinner with Brit Tzedek v'Shalom President Marcia Freedman and other policy analysts
Details to be announced.
Tuesday - June 28
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Meetings with Senators, Representatives, Administration officials and their senior staff
3:30 - 4:30 pm Debriefing

*Invited


Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206
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