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News from the 2007 Annual Peace Alliance Conference
Greetings from the Annual Peace Alliance Conference in Washington, DC!
All of us here wanted to let those of you that couldn't join us, to know you are in our thoughts. This conference is already a huge success. Sold out and standing room only for some events. More requests from the media than we've ever had in the past. And it couldn't have happened without all of the work everyone has done over the past year. Those who were able to make it to the conference and all of those who couldn't join us in person. We know you are here in spirit and that it is our work and energy together that continues to nourish this movement...
For all of those who have been writing to tell us you wish you were here and sending your best wishes, we will try to bring some of the conference to you via a new blog section on the website and through some informal reporting on our forum. We'll have posts from our participants, as well as a special youth and student section with updates on their program. Kerrie W., we will try to stream you in. We set up a YouTube account and will post links in the forum and blog if we can get the equipment to cooperate and let us get some video posted.
Here are the links:
Conference Blog: http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/blogsection/19/178/
Conference Forum: http://www.thepeacealliance.org/forum/index.php?f=391
Breaking news: we now have 9 Members of Congress confirmed to join us at the Conference Finale on Monday night and that, thanks to you, we already have 41 congressional co-sponsors for the re-introduction of the bill. If you have not yet called your representative, we urge you to do so. Right now, at least 210 meetings with Representatives and Senators have been scheduled by our citizen lobbyists supporting the Department of Peace legislation.
The Gift of Peace play proved to be a most excellent way to kick off the Conference. As tired as everyone was having traveled all day to get here, over 400 chose to attend the play. The audience laughed and there were some tears spotted as emotions danced up and down the scale. Yet the main message of personal empowerment was not lost and no doubt it's what energized the frequent, "right on's" and cheering.
The conference is sold out, but if you are in DC or have friends here, there are still tickets to the Monday night finale event at George Washington University. In case you misplaced it, you will find the information you need here:
Watch for an e-lert dedicated to the very exciting introduction of the Student Peace Alliance! The youth met with each other, state coordinators, and a panel of peace building experts to discuss how young people can best support the Department of Peace movement through organized student activism. The students say they were motivated and inspired by the amazing efforts occuring around the country by their fellow students and can't wait to return to their schools and take action