Dear Boston Brit Tzedek supporters,

You've received emails from Brit Tzedek's national office updating you on our fourth annual Advocacy Days, which was once again a great success. And once again, the Boston Chapter was very much involved.

  This year, we sent a delegation of 12 members: Bonnie Alpert (our able delegation leader and Advocacy Committee co-chair), Diane Balser, Aviva Bock, Stan Fleischman, Deborah Fogel, Marc Fogel, Jonathan Jacoby, Philip Kuhn, David Matz, Penny Snider-Light, David Strauss, and Beth Wasserman.

 

Members of the delegation conveyed our message to Mass. elected officials by meeting with staff of Representatives Michael Capuano (MA-8), Barney Frank (MA-4), Stephen Lynch (MA-9), Edward Markey (MA-7), John Olver (MA-1), John Tierney (MA-6) and of Senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy. In addition, Rep. Capuano spoke at the Advocacy Days Congressional Reception. See him at http://btvshalom.org/btvshalom.org/advocacy/TINADFinal.shtml

As you know, Brit Tzedek's advocacy to Congress is meant to create leverage on the Administration to press it to take action on a negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Boston Chapter's active Congressional advocacy efforts have had an impact, as witnessed by the high number of MA signers to important resolutions and congressional letters, including both of our Senators on the Feinstein/Lugar resolution and all 10 members of the MA Congressional delegation on the Ackerman/Boustany letter to Secretary of State Rice. We have built strong ties with Congressional staffers and members of Congress, and our once-a-year DC visits, coupled with home district visits, put faces to the names and strengthen the relationships further.

 

 

The Boston Chapter delegation also shared its organizing experience with other activists from across the country during the Grassroots Leadership Training Institute which preceded the congressional visits. Bonnie Alpert and Jonathan Jacoby were presenters at workshops on home district advocacy and grassroots organizing respectively.  The Boston Chapter was frequently held up as a model for its advocacy and organizing work during the course of the Training Institute.

Delegation members found these visits to Congress valuable and stimulating, and enjoyed getting together with Brit Tzedek activists from across the country. Next year please do consider joining in and seeing for yourself how things work in the office of your representative or senator. In the meantime, you can also get involved in our advocacy work locally. (Contact us at boston@btvshalom.org.)

As for our postponed Israeli-style picnic?

Yes, as many of you have asked, we will have a chance to make up for our rained-out picnic. We have rescheduled it, this time rain or shine (inside if rain!), for Sunday September 14 -- please SAVE THE DATE. We will be in touch soon with the location and time.

We hope you will come and join other Boston-area Brit Tzedek supporters and enjoy Israeli food, good conversation, and one another's company. Members of the Boston Advocacy Days delegation will also informally share their experiences.

B'shalom, and have a great summer,

 

Donna Spiegelman

Chair, Boston Chapter; co-Chair Boston Chapter Advocacy Committee

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

 

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