On May 23, Prime Minister Olmert is speaking to Congress
On June 18-20, you can too!

Brit Tzedek's message for a negotiated two-state solution is more critical than ever:

  • Israeli and American diplomatic engagement with President Abbas and other Palestinian moderates leading back to negotiations

  • Humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people to provide for basic needs and to develop civil society infrastructure

  • No withdrawal to final borders - Olmert's West Bank disengagement plan cannot create final borders or prejudge negotiations
  • Don't let our government shut the door to negotiations!
    JOIN US ON JUNE 18-20 FOR NATIONAL ADVOCACY DAYS!

    *Full information and agenda for National Advocacy Days is below.  First here's an update on the punitive Palestinian sanctions bill HR4681.

    What happened to HR 4681?
    Due to intense pressure from Brit Tzedek, other organizations, and the Administration, Congress pulled the bill off the floor before its anticipated vote this past Tuesday.  The House Judiciary Committee claimed jurisdiction over parts of the bill relating to visas and Palestinian representation in the US.  They marked-up (debated and voted on) the bill yesterday, adding an additional punitive provision that would specifically prohibit Palestinian representation at the UN.

    HR4681 will likely come up for a vote again next week, but with all this opposition, anything is possible.  Look for another action alert once the bill goes back to a vote!

    Congress and Press take note of pro-Israel opposition to HR4681. A Dear Colleague letter circulated the Hill yesterday entitled "Pro-Israel Community Split on Palestinian Sanctions Bill" featuring the excellent articles below that recently appeared in the Jewish press.

    "Jewish groups fight over congress vote" by Nathan Guttman. Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2006 

    "On eve of Olmert visit, mixed signals on Palestinian aid confuse Congress" by Ron Kampeas. JTA, May 9, 2006


    REGISTER NOW for Brit Tzedek's Third Annual National Advocacy Days

    Advocacy Days Overview:
    (complete agenda)

    • Opening Plenary by former negotiators, Rob Malley and Amjad Atallah
    • Legislative briefings with DC insiders
    • In-depth advocacy training
    • Personal meetings with your Senators, Representatives, and their staff
    • Congressional reception with Members of Congress and their staff
    • Pre-Advocacy Days workshops on media and grassroots organizing
    STAND WITH US - REGISTER TODAY!

    Registration: The registration fee is $50 /$25 for students and low-income. Registration deadline is June 5, 2006. Register today online or by fax or post.

    Lodging: Brit Tzedek has reserved a block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotel  for a special rate of $159 per night plus taxes. Make your reservations for the Brit Tzedek group rate by Friday, May 26 by calling (866) 984-6835 or (202) 232-7000. Space is limited.

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

    Subsidies: Stipends are available for travel and lodging expenses. For more information, please email Carinne@btvshalom.org by June 9.

    Membership: Participation is limited to members in good standing. If you are not a member, you can always join! You can renew your membership or join on-line at http://secure.btvshalom.org, or by phone at 312 341 1205. You can also mail us a check to 11 E. Adams, Suite 707, Chicago, IL 60603.

    If you have any questions regarding your membership status, contact eduardo@btvshalom.org.


    AGENDA
    Sunday - June 18
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pre-Conference Training Sessions *
    Washington Doubletree Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

    Media training Grassroots organizing training
    • Trainers TBA
    7:00 pm Keynote Address: What the US Must Now Do to Broker Peace
    District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (DCJCC), 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

    Speakers:


    Co-hosted by the Washington DC chapter of Brit Tzedek
    Monday - June 19
    9:00 am - 12:00 noon Advocacy Briefing Sessions

    Presenters:
    12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
    1:00 - 4:00 pm 

    Advocacy Training Sessions [Description]

    Presenters:

    • Diane Balser - Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    • Steve Masters - Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    • Rob Levy - Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    4:00 - 5:30 pm Free time
    5:30 - 7:00 pm Congressional Reception
    Tuesday - June 20
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm Meetings with Senators, Representatives, and their staff
    3:30 - 4:30 pm Debriefing

    *Additional Fee

    Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
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    Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: (312) 341-1205
    Fax: (312) 341-1206
    info@btvshalom.org
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