I just wanted to let all of you know that J-Street will be having its first annual conference in Washington DC this October, October 25-29 (October 24th-27th for students--> students also get a discount, if they sign up early enough! There will be more info below).
This will be the largesting gathering of its kind in Washington DC, in which there will be a new pro-Israel view, but critical of Israel's actions, and we want to let the politicians know that it is ok to be critical of Israel's policy, and we are seeking a just, peaceful agreement between Israel, the Palestinians and her Arab neighbours.
The conference is open to everyone and anyone-- NOT just Jews-- people that want to see and support a new US approach to Mideast policy; care deeply about the Israel/Palestine conflict and want to see peace and justice throughout the Middle East.
Also, the conference is not just limited to Americans as well--Internationals, and people from all countries are welcomed!
Hope to see you there! :)
Below is more info about the conference, for adults and then students
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J Street Conference 2009: Driving Change, Securing Peace
J Street’s first National Conference will take place October 25-29, 2009 in Washington DC.
The Conference will bring together dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals committed to peace and security for Israel and the Middle East. Conference attendees will include policy makers and experts, grassroots and netroots activists, and Israeli and Arab thinkers and leaders, all focused on promoting U.S. diplomatic leadership to achieve peace and security. There will also be a special track for college students. The Conference will feature conversation and debate about the impact of the region’s conflicts on politics in America as well as providing a showcase for the wide range of exciting new work that is being done here and in the Middle East.
If you'd like to be kept in the loop for all conference updates and be the first to know when registration forms are available, fill out the form below.
J Street 2009: Driving Change Securing Peace
Student Conference October 24-27, 2009
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC
Student Registration Form
General Information :
To accommodate student schedules, the student portion of the Conference will run from Saturday, October 24 –Tuesday, October 27. The Saturday evening through Sunday late afternoon portion of the Conference will be for students only. Students will join the main conference Sunday evening through Monday evening, Tuesday morning, students will meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Students are invited to stay for the remainder of the conference, but housing will not be provided Tuesday evening.
Students are urged to register or pre register for the Conference this spring.
Pre-Registration (available in Spring and Summer only): If students are interested but cannot commit to the conference, they should fill out the pre-registration form. We will be back in touch with them in the fall.
Registration: Students can register with the Early Bird Fee of $18 per person until June 15. After June 15, the full registration fee will be $36 (reduced from the General Conference Registration of $300).
Housing Options: Housing will be provided for students who need it at Hostelling International in Washington, DC. Students who choose the Hostel option will pay $20 for three nights. Participants will be placed 4 to 10 in a room.
Transportation: Registration will not cover transportation costs but scholarships are available after campus liaisons have exhausted funding options from campus resources and have held at least one fundraiser. For more information about scholarships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You are expected to arrange your own travel, however we will arrange buses and other group travel from locations where we have enough registrants.
Responsibilities: Keep in touch with everyone who expresses interest from your campus. Keep track of travel arrangements for everyone coming from your campus. Look for funding on your campus. Arrange at least one fundraiser (parties for peace, bake sales) Apply to J Street for travel funding once you have exhausted on campus resources. Post-conference follow-up.
Perks: Registration Fee is waived. Special nametags at Conference. Campus Liaisons who recruit 5 or more people will get their names in the Conference program. Top 5 recruiters will have an exclusive opportunity to talk with one of the top speakers at the Conference. For more information about becoming a campus liaison, please contact email@example.com.