Join Brit Tzedek in Washington, DC
NATIONAL ADVOCACY DAYS
June 27-28


There is a growing momentum towards peace. Just this past week:

  • President Bush announced $50 million in direct housing aid to help Palestinians in Gaza after Israel withdraws and also emphasized that Israel must "remove unauthorized outposts and stop settlement expansion" in the West Bank. 

  • Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist said, "We must look ahead and make sure President Abbas has the means to do his part to make peace in the Middle East a real possibility..." [More news]

Demonstrate the potential for what we can do together.

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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.

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 Christopher Dodd (D-CT)*

  • 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

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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.

We also have a limited number of home-stay options available. Contact Leila@btvshalom.org for more information.

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.
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 Christopher Dodd (D-CT)* and a 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 policy analyst
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


More News

Momentum is on our side. Just this past week:

  • President Bush announced $50 million in direct housing aid to help Palestinians in Gaza after Israel withdraws and also emphasized that Israel must "remove unauthorized outposts and stop settlement expansion" in the West Bank. 

  • Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist said, "We must look ahead and make sure President Abbas has the means to do his part to make peace in the Middle East a real possibility... This is why the United States, Europe and the Arab world need to act quickly and boldly to empower President Abbas by at least doubling, and delivering, the financial assistance they've committed to meet the needs of the Palestinian people."

  • Israel has promised to share relevant infrastructure information in the Gaza Strip settlements and the northern West Bank with the Palestinians prior to disengagement.

  • Israel released nearly 400 Palestinian prisoners in an attempt to boost moderate Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas ahead of a Gaza withdrawal.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold their second summit since Abbas was elected to office on June 21.

  • Vice Premier Shimon Peres announced that beginning June 2 some 100,000 Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip will each receive $100 a month from a fund aimed at helping Palestinian families in distress.


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Phone: (312) 341-1205
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