Thursday, April 03, 2008

It's Not Too Late -- Register Now!!!

Register Now!It's spring in Washington, DC, the cherry blossoms are in bloom and IRAQ ACTION DAYS are fast approaching. It's the perfect time to plan a trip to our Nation's Capitol. Already, more than sixty EPIC supporters and friends from around the country have signed up to join us this April 14-16.

If you are planning to come to IRAQ ACTION DAYS, you must register by this Friday, April 4th.

Here is the latest on our developing program. On April 14th, EPIC and our coalition partners will convene a national Forum on the Humanitarian Crisis Facing Iraqis. Hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, the forum will offer the latest information about the crisis and what can be done to help millions of Iraqi refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable Iraqis in need.

Speakers include:
- The Hon. SAMIR SHAKIR MAHMOUD SUMAYDA’IE, Iraq's Ambassador to the United States;

- CONGRESSMAN JOHN D. DINGELL, U.S. Representative for Michigan's 15th District;

- SAMUEL M. WITTEN, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration;

- RADHOUANE NOUICER, Director of Middle East North Africa Bureau, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);

- DANA GRABER LADEK, Iraq Displacement Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM);

- KEN BACON, President, Refugees International;

- RABIH TORBAY, Vice President of International Operations, International Medical Corps (IMC);

- HEATHER HANSON, Director of Public Affairs, Mercy Corps;

- ROBERT CAREY, VP Resettlement, International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Chair, Refugee Council USA (RCUSA);

- BILL FRELICK, Refugee Policy Director, Human Rights Watch;

- PHEBE MARR, Historian of Modern Iraq and Middle East Consultant;

- NABIL AL-TIKRITI, Senior Fellow, United States Institute for Peace.
For a complete list of presenters, visit the Iraq Action Days website.

Following the forum, we will gather at Busboys & Poets for an evening cultural program featuring poetry, presentations and Grammy-nominated Iraqi Oud Master Rahim alHaj. Then on Tuesday, we'll have a special training session to teach you how to be an effective public advocate before spending two days on Capitol Hill urging our lawmakers to support much-needed humanitarian relief for the people of Iraq.

If you are planning to come to IRAQ ACTION DAYS, you must register by this Friday, April 4th.

Last year thousands of EPIC members helped significantly improve Washington's response to the humanitarian crisis. Now we need YOU to come to Washington, DC to petition our elected leaders directly.

Change begins with you. We hope you can join us.


Anonymous said...

Sorry I can't be there but you've done a great job putting together a nice format. I wish you success!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to wish you good luck in your endeavors. It's a good cause and it's wonderful that someone cares.

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