HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> "Africa and the Middle East Advocacy Days"  -  Washington, DC  -  February 23-26, 2003
February 23-26, 2003
Africa and the Middle East
Advocacy Days

Program

(DAILY SCHEDULE)

This event will offer challenging speakers; issue briefings and advocacy training workshops; opportunities to speak with your Senators and Representative in the U.S. Congress, or their key foreign policy staff, regarding Africa or the Middle East; common times for fellowship and networking; a keynote address and Congressional reception; and a special ecumenical service of worship for participants and the public. 

The Africa and Middle East tracks will also gather for joint panels. One of these will be "Terrorism and US policy toward the Global South."

The U.S. premier of the documentary "Judgement Day" will be at the opening plenary on Sunday evening, February 23.  This part of the Advocacy Days event will be open to the public for a freewill donation.  (See the Cinema Guild description of the video, click on "Mid East Studies.")

On Monday evening, February 24, there will be a special service of worship for peace with justice in Africa and the Middle East.  This part of the Advocacy Days event is also open to the public.

See the daily schedule for details on times and places.

AFRICA TRACK HIGHLIGHTS:

Check-in begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 23, at National City Christian Church and the evening program begins at 7:00 pm.

   At a time when Africa faces enormous challenges and crises, many rooted in decisions made by powerful outside forces and institutions, U.S. priorities toward the continent are glaringly inadequate.  The Africa track will focus on issues like HIV/AIDS, debt, African conflicts (and related items like landmines and child soldiers), economic justice vs. the U.S. trade agenda, with speakers, briefings and advocacy training workshops to help you understand and address U.S.-Africa policies.

Biographical Information on Africa Track Speakers

AFRICA TRACK PLENARY SESSIONS

    The Africa track will then have a series of plenary sessions. These will include:

1. Justice issues facing Africa

Keynote speaker Rogate Mshana, Economic Justice Unit, World Council of Churches

2. Focus on the Issues

Panelists include Bill Fletcher, TransAfrica Forum and Yao Graham, Third World Network

3. Alternate visions: US Africa policy and the advocacy community

Panelists include Imani Countess, American Friends Service Committee

4. Briefings on the status of Africa issues before Congress and the Administration

WORKSHOPS

     The Africa Track will present six workshops. These will include:

1. AIDS: Funding and treatment access

Led by Heather Nolen, National Council of Churches / Church World Service, and Kathy McNeely, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

2. Debt: An unfinished agenda

Led by Tom Hart, Episcopal Church Office on Government Affairs, and Marie Clarke, Jubilee USA Network

3. Conflict: Emphasis on resource exploitation

Led by Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame

4. Sudan: After Machakos, what?

Led by Dan Griffin, Catholic Relief Services

5. Economic justice: African development vs. the US trade agenda

Led by Jim Hug, Center of Concern and Yao Graham, Third World Network

6. Making sense of development assistance: The Millennium Challenge Account

Led by Kathy Pomroy, Bread for the World and Nancy Alexander, Citizens for Essential Services

LOBBY DAY

     Lobby Day Instructions

     The event will culminate in the opportunity to lobby your members of Congress directly on HIV/AIDS and economic justice for Africa.

MIDDLE EAST TRACK HIGHLIGHTS:

Check-in begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 23, at National City Christian Church and the evening program begins at 7:00 pm.

     The Middle East remains an area of concern for the U.S. Christian community as the ongoing tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the situation with Iraq continue to spiral out of control.  The military, political, and economic issues facing the Middle East are of great significance for the U.S. Administration and Congress.  The Middle East track will offer insights into these matters, particularly in relation to Palestine, Israel, and Iraq. 

     Presentations will focus on U.S. policy and the role of the religious community in shaping that policy for the common good.  Workshop topics will include U.S. foreign aid to the region, Iraq, the humanitarian crisis in the Occupied Territories, settlements, and Jerusalem. Churches for Middle East Peace will brief and prepare participants for lobby visits to their members of Congress.

LOBBY DAY

     Lobby Day Instructions

 

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