I havent been too actively involved in Rising Leaders, a student-run Pakistani political action organization which only recently came into existence. Part of the reason is that they are based in Washington, D.C. which goes very much to their advantage, as they are in a better position to lobby on behalf of a community that is not only dis-organized but also fraught with so many problems of its own.
So, naturally, it's good to receive notices of pro-active events like the one below where earthquake relief is finally becoming a cause for concern and this concern will be made clear to our elected representatives.
If you're in the DC area and can attend for any part, please do so. Also spread the word!
PAL-C (Pakistani American Leadership Center), PAKPAC (Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee), APPNA (Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America), Rising Leaders, National PSA, OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (National), NAPA (National Association of Pakistani Americans, PAANA (Pakistani American Association of North America), COPAA (Council of Pakistani American Affairs) and PAC (Pakistani American Congress)
A Day on the Hill
Garnering US support for Earthquake Relief in Pakistan
November 17, 2005
7 am-10 am
Breakfast Reception with Congressmen
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2237
10 am-4:30 pm
Individual Meetings with Congressmen
Washington D.C. Offices
Reception/Dinner hosted by the Ambassador of Pakistan
Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C.
Join the Pakistani-American community in Washington D.C on November 17 for a “Day on the Hill” to bring attention to the dire situation in Pakistan’s earthquake affected area. While international support has lagged and media attention dwindled, Pakistani-Americans still register the urgency of the disaster and the desperate need for relief assisstance. “A Day on the Hill” is a concerted effort by Pakistani-Americans to lobby the U.S government in taking a leadership role in relief and reconstruction. To join the nationwide effort, please make an appointment in advance with your Representative of Congress for November 17th in his/her DC office. When you are scheduling your appointment, urge your Congressman to join you at the Breakfast Reception (from 7am-9:30am in Room 2237 of Rayburn) in order to show his/her support for the victims of the earthquake and the efforts of the Pakistani-American community. During your individual meeting with your Representative, you will be able to present the Pakistani-American community’s concerns to your Congressman, as well as the draft resolution that asks the U.S. Congress to appropriate $1 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next three years. The end goals of the Day are to successfully organize the Pakistani-American community and to garner U.S. support for long-term relief and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan.
Contact Dr. Saud Anwar, Chief Coordinator of the event and Secretary General of the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee for special inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Aisha Chapra, the DC Event Coordinator for information on co-sponsoring the event, arranging accommodations, and general questions at 202-675-2004. All messages will be answered.
Contact Fauzia Tariq, the Media Coordinator, with any questions regarding press passes and media coverage of the event at RisingLeaders@gmail.com.
Contact Azmat Khan, Executive Assistant for PAL-C to RSVP with your name, email address, affiliation and your Member of Congress at email@example.com. We will reply with a confirmation.
For complete details about the event, a copy of the proposed resolution and accommodation information, please visit the PAL-C Blog at www.pal-cdc.blog.com or the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee website at www.pakpac.net.