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Advocacy Event on Korea

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Dear Friend,

Please join us at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice and learn how to advocate for improved U.S. policy vis-à-vis North Korea. The gathering, held March 5-8 in Washington D.C., will offer comprehensive issue briefings and advocacy training workshops to prepare you for effective visits with your representative, senators, or their foreign policy staff.

With the nuclear stand-off between North Korea and the United States in its second year and tensions continuing to mount, this year the Ecumenical Advocacy Days Asia Track will focus on North Korea. While much of the Bush Administration¡¯s and major media¡¯s focus in the last year has been on the nuclear weapons developments in North Korea, at Advocacy Days you will be provided with opportunities to learn about the wide range of difficult issues in North Korea and alternatives to current U.S. policy. The Asia Track will be divided into sessions on Peace and Security, Humanitarian Aid, Refugees, Human Rights, Economic Development, and, of course, lobbying your members of Congress on North Korea. Area experts and specialists, including Sam Lee (Eugene Bell Foundation); Lee Sigal (author of Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea) Alice Andrews (American Friends Service Committee), Joel Charny, (Refugees International), John Feffer, (author of North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis), Victor Hsu (Church World Service) and Erich Weingartner (Human Security Research Fellow, York Centre for International and Security Studies) will provide detailed information on these subjects.

Outside of the Asia program, there will be common times for fellowship and networking with attendees from the other tracks (Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Economic Justice, and Nuclear Disarmament), a keynote address and banquet dinner, and a special ecumenical service of worship for participants and the public. The wider gathering will feature Bob Edgar, Sam Kobia, Syngman Rhee, Bernice Powell Jackson, and Jim Winkler.

You can get further information, including registration details, from the Ecumenical Advocacy Days website, www.advocacydays.org. The training and information sessions (before the actual lobby session on Capitol Hill) will be held across the Potomac in Arlington, VA at the Doubletree Crystal City near the National Airport.

We hope to see you there!

(DC Event Notice) 2/2/2004