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[BTvS-OR Portland] Update from Lebanon and Gaza-The Humanitarian Crises

In our last email we asked you to save Oct 4 for our next
meeting; however,
we have discovered that the film we were planning to show is
being shown
that same evening with the film maker present to answer
questions.

Therefore, we have decided to reschedule our meeting and
encourage you to
attend the event described below. This is a great opportunity
for you to
hear from an important, articulate authority on our issue.

We'll be in touch with the new meeting date soon.

L'shanah tovah,

The Portland Brit Tzedek v'Shalom executive committee

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Wednesday, October 4, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Mercy Corps: Update from Lebanon and Gaza-The Humanitarian
Crises

Smith Memorial Student Union, Vanport Room #338

Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Free Event

Parking free in PSU parking structures after 7pm

Portland State University's Middle East Studies Center and
Palestine Lebanon
Emergency Action (PLEA) announce their Middle East educational
series.

To kick off the series, Mercy Corps Director at Large, Dr.
Landrum Bolling
and Jeremy Barnicle, Mercy Corps Communications Director, will
speak about
the humanitarian crises in Gaza and Lebanon

A 30-minute film by Dr. Bolling, "Searching for Peace in the
Middle East,"
will be shown. Jimmy Carter called the film, "a superb
presentation of the
intricate relations between Israelis and Palestinians presented
dramatically
by people from both sides. Their combined proposals, clearly
presented,
comprise the only pathway to peace with justice in the Holy
Land."

Dr. Landrum Bolling has served as a senior advisor to Mercy
Corps for much
of the organization's history. He was for more than three years
Mercy Corps'
senior representative in the Balkans, stationed in Sarajevo. Dr.
Bolling now
works out of the agency's Washington, DC office as a senior
advisor on
matters of policy and program development. He also serves as
President of
Pax World Service, an affiliate of Mercy Corps that promotes
citizen
diplomacy.

Over the past 35 years, Dr. Bolling was drawn repeatedly in the
study of the
Arab-Israeli conflict and became personally acquainted with a
number of the
leading political personages on both sides. Beginning in the
administration
of President Jimmy Carter, when direct official communication
between
Washington and the PLO was forbidden, he was one of the
informal,
"nonofficial" links entrusted with delivering messages between
the White
House and the State Department and top Palestinian leaders.

Jeremy Barnicle recently returned from the region and will
present a first
hand update of the humanitarian situation and Mercy Corps'
response to it.
Mr. Barnicle has spent more than a decade working in politics,
media, and
international affairs.

In the United States, Mr. Barnicle managed a successful U.S.
House campaign,
worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, consulted private
and public
sector clients on media and political issues, and wrote for the
Associated
Press. Outside the U.S., Barnicle was seconded by the State
Department as a
spokesperson to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe
(OSCE) Mission to Bosnia, worked as a consultant to
the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, advised the
Sierra Leone
Truth and Reconciliation Commission on media strategy, and
served as a Peace
Corps volunteer in Hungary.

His commentary on international affairs has appeared in the New
York Times,
International Herald-Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor and
many other
publications. Barnicle earned a BA in public policy at
Vanderbilt University
and a master of public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and
International Affairs at Princeton University.

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and
instability
to unleash the potential of people who can win against
impossible odds.
Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance
to people in
82 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America,
Europe, and
Asia, the agency's unified global programs
employ 3,200 staff worldwide and reach nearly 10 million people
in more than
40 countries. Over the last five years, more than 90 percent of
the agency's
resources have been allocated directly to programs that help
people in need.
For more information, visit www.mercycorps.org .

This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Department
at Portland
State University, World Affairs Council or Oregon, and Palestine
Lebanon
Emergency Action (PLEA), an alliance of local human rights
groups, faith
organizations and individuals with family ties to the regions of
Lebanon and
Gaza which formed in response to the invasion of Lebanon.
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