The Power of the
Balser, Executive Director
The following is abridged from a speech given on
6/23/08 at Brit Tzedek’s National Advocacy Days
As we prepare to ascend Capitol Hill with
our message -- one voice crafted from the combined efforts of
many thousands -- we come face to face with our growing success
and the extent to which the idea of a negotiated two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become
mainstream opinion. Over the past six years, we have built
America's largest grassroots organization with a
pro-Israel/pro-peace outlook, made up of American Jews of all
backgrounds, from all parts of the country, and across the
denominational spectrum. We are getting closer to our goals
through our decisive strategy, our dedicated organizing, and our
passionate commitment to making change.
- Building a base of elected officials with a solid
commitment to a two-state solution. Growing numbers of
members of the House and the Senate are coming to understand
that Brit Tzedek’s basic positions represent a truly
pro-Israel policy, one that will allow a secure Israel and a
viable, peaceful Palestinian state to live side by side. Such a
policy represents the opinion of most U.S. Jews, as well as that
of most Israelis and Palestinians.
- A philosophical and practical commitment to
organizing the grassroots of the American Jewish
public. We are building by strengthening our existing
chapters and establishing new ones; by organizing effectively
online; and by establishing a respected presence in the broader
Jewish community from the bottom up. The Jewish community plays
an important role in the public discourse on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and by strengthening our position
from within we could have a critical impact.
- Publicly stressing the key themes of our message, in
order to reach a broader public. The positions taken by
Brit Tzedek resonate with the actual situation on the ground,
the context in which Israelis and Palestinians live every day.
In spreading our message through the mainstream and Jewish
press, we are able to amplify our position that to be pro-Israel
– to be for a secure Jewish state – one must
advocate for a mutually acceptable peace agreement between
Israel and the Palestinians.
We can move forward from our successful Advocacy Days,
leveraging our efforts and making an impact on the direction of
the discourse surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in
the lead-up to November elections. We can influence the incoming
Congress and administration to make resolving the conflict a
priority; we can make a real contribution to the future peace
and security of Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Such is the power of the grassroots; such is the power of all
of us working together.
Diane Balser is
Executive Director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and is also a
professor of Women's Studies at Boston University. From
1983-1994, Balser founded, built and directed the Women's
Legislative Network of Massachusetts and served as the lobbyist
in the State House for the network's sister organization, the
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