Friday, November 11, 2005

DC event: Garnering US support for Pakistani earthquake relief efforts

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

5 pm

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

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

Contact Azmat Khan, Executive Assistant for PAL-C to RSVP with your name, email address, affiliation and your Member of Congress at 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 or the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee website at

Thursday, November 10, 2005

World AIDS Day events at the Asia Society

The Asia Society is pleased to invite you to a pair of special events on November 29th and December 1st to commemorate World AIDS Day:

Picturing Hope: Through Their Eyes

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Opening Reception 6:30 _ 8:30 p.m.

Remarks and Program at 7:00 p.m..

Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York City

This display of photographs, taken by children in India, provides a close look at how the global HIV/AIDS epidemic is shaping everyday lives. The images are selected from Picturing Hope, a program dedicated to providing children impacted by HIV/AIDS with resources to explore their feelings, strengthen their sense of self, and find a voice with which to tell their stories.

The young photographers will join Craig Bender, Photographer _ Picturing Hope; Reeta Roy, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott; and Ann Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF, in offering remarks at the opening reception.

Please note that the museum galleries will be open with complimentary admission from 6:00 _ 8:00 pm.


Ending AIDS:

The Search for a Vaccine

(Michael Schwarz and Bill Jersey/2005/60 Min/Beta)

Thursday, December 1st 2005

6:30 _ 8:00 p.m.
Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue at 70th street, New York City

Please join the Asia Society, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), and the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) for the New York premiere of Ending AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine. Narrated by Richard Gere, Ending AIDS chronicles the complicated history of AIDS vaccine research from the dedicated researchers at biotech firms, to revelations from Nairobi, Kenya that there are some groups that remain miraculously disease free after repeated exposure, to the challenges that still lie ahead. The film maps the progress being made in the face of incredible scientific, political, ethical, and organizational challenges.

The film is followed by remarks and discussion by Mitchell Warren, Executive Director, AVAC; and Anjali Nayyar, Vice President, Country and Regional Programmes, IAVI.

Free Admission. Please RSVP for BOTH EVENTS.

Advance registration is highly recommended. Please call the Box Office at 212-517-ASIA, send information by fax at 212-517- 8315, or email:

Made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Foreign Policy Association event: "The Future of Muslim Democracy" - 12/01/05 - 5:30 PM

The Foreign Policy Association has proven that it is a standard-setter when it comes to events. This next event with featured speaker Anwar Ibrahim (former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia) hasnt even been publicized by the FPA itself, but im letting my blog readers know of it firsthand. The tickets for this will sell out fast. Register quickly and spread the word!

Anwar Ibrahim - "The Future of Muslim Democracy"
December 1, 2005
McGraw-Hill Auditorium, New York City

Anwar Ibrahim - The Foreign Policy Association and The National Endowment for Democracy invite you to attend the third fall lecture of The New York Democracy Forum featuring Anwar Ibrahim, formerly the deputy prime minister of Malaysia and vice president of the United Malays National Organization, Ibrahim started in 1971 the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM), the first mass-based NGO in the country to raise social and political awareness and emphasize social justice and human rights. Together with the late Prof. Ismail al-Faruqi and Dr. Taha Jabir al-Awani, Ibrahim founded the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in 1981 and later set up the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Ashburn, Virginia. His criticism of corruption and abuse of power within the Malaysian government and his vocal demand for reform resulted in his arrest and imprisonment in September 1998. Ibrahim, who led a new democratic movement in Malaysia from his prison cell, was released in September 2004.

Anwar Ibrahim
Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

McGraw-Hill Auditorium
1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th Street)

Registration/5:30 pm
Lecture/6:00 pm
Reception 7:00pm

FPA/NED member: Free
Guest of FPA/NED member/OTR Member $15.00
Non-member: $25.00
Student with ID: $5.00

Advanced registration is required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration will open 8am 11/11/2005


Free events this Fall at the Center for Communication

I've attended their events in the past and they've been great. Spread the word!

Covering Politics: From Bloomberg to Bush

Monday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Foreign Press Center, 150 East 52nd Street, 5th Floor (between Lexington & 3rd Avenues)

In the incestuous world of politics and journalism, is it possible for reporters to remain objective while preserving access to the corridors of power? Join us for an in-depth look at how these leading reporters manage to walk the fine line between staying on good terms with their government contacts, while maintaining a healthy skepticism.

Jim Angle, Chief Washington Correspondent, Fox News

Jim Rutenberg, City Hall Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Elizabeth Wilner, Political Director, NBC News

John Dickerson, Chief Political Correspondent, Slate

Jonathan Capehart, Senior Vice President & Senior Counselor for Public Affairs, Hill & Knowlton (moderator)

Sponsored by Interep

Pornography Goes Mainstream

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

New School University, Lang Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 2nd Floor, 55 West 13th Street

Easy access to porn is influencing our culture and re-shaping the way we see ourselves. From hidden sex scenes in Grand Theft Auto to Desperate Housewives to Jenna Jameson on network television, it’s flooding mainstream media and exposing everyone to a porn mentality. What, if anything, should we do about it? Co-presented with The New School’s Media Studies Program

Pamela Paul, writer, Time; author, Pornified: How the Culture of Pornography is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships and Our Families and The Starter Marriage

Nadine Strossen, President, ACLU; author, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights

Nelson George, author, Hip Hop America; Show and Tell; Night Work; Executive Producer, HBO’s Everyday People

Ariel Levy, author, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

Kay Hymowitz, Manhattan Institute Fellow; principal contributor, Modern Sex: Liberation and Its Discontents

Catherine Orenstein, contributor, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine; author, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked (moderator)

The Music Biz: Be Your Own Label

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

NYU, Kimmel Center, Silver Board Room #914, 60 Washington Square South

With record labels more focused on marketability than talent, musicians are starting to take control of their own careers. Industry pros explore how advances in home recording technology, the internet, and increased licensing opportunities can help you create success on your own terms.

Samantha Cox, Senior Director, Writer Publisher Relations, BMI

Steve O’Reilly, singer/songwriter, Tammany Hall NYC

Christopher Weingarten, Music Editor, CMJ

Michael Bull, Vice President of Label Relations, Caroline Distribution

Ariel Hyatt, Founder, Ariel Publicity

Jeanne DaSilva, Founder, (moderator)

TO REGISTER: Visit, email or call 212-686-5005.

We hope you can join us!

Alaina Bendi

Center for Communication

p: (212) 686-5005

f: (212) 504-2632

Internships with "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"

A professor at Queens College-CUNY sent this out and according to her, students have had good experiences, so for those of you interested, apply!
As always, spread the word...

Award winning reality show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is seeking
production interns for the Spring 2006 semester (Jan-May/June).
dedicated, energetic, hard working production office interns with a can
attitude please apply.

This is a great opportunity to learn production, fast and furious.
will assist coordinators, producers, and managers in all aspects of
television production. Duties include, but are not limited to,
administrative tasks, working with vendors, scouting for potential
candidates, making runs for various departments, aiding in field shoot
preparation, and participating as a production assistant in the field

Please send resume and brief cover letter via email to Kevin Howard.
Please specify "Spring Internship" in the subject line.

Requirements: Must be advanced undergraduate/graduate student
interested in
television/communications/media studies for ACADEMIC CREDIT ONLY. NO
EXCEPTIONS. If you cannot receive credit please DO NOT APPLY.

IMASE announcement: Civil Engineer needed for relief work in Northern Pakistan

I got this posting/email as an announcement sent out via the International Muslim Association of Scientists and Engineers (IMASE) listserv. Im sure there are people willing to help.
Please spread the word!

Civil Engineer Needed ASAP

There is an opportunity for an engineer, Mechanical or Civil,
preferably Civil, to help out in Northern Pakistan. This project with
Islamic Relief involves digging roads before they snow over and getting
people out ASAP. Despite everyone working 24/7, there are still people
trapped because roads have totally collapsed. This is the wind down
phase of the project which is principally liasing between the Army and
the contractors to get the roads dug moving into the hills south west of

Due to the nature of things, it would help greatly if the person spoke
Punjabi or Urdu, or both. If you know anyone who is interested and can
be free from 15-30 November (i.e. the job finished on 30th Nov), then
please call Dr Ismail Jalisi on 07967 654 561.

Check our website for further information

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

This week's article

Here it is, hot off the presses!
The article is primarily on Mukhtaran Mai, now being referred to as the "Rosa Parks of Pakistan".
As usual, comments are welcome.
Happy reading!

Panel discussion: "Youth as a Catalyst for Peace" - Nov. 21st, 10 AM

My friend Lisa at the Academy for Educational Development invited me to this great panel discussion, which unfortunately, I will not be able to attend because of prior commitments.
Anyone who may be in the DC area around the 21st should definitely attend.
Spread the word!


On Monday, November 21, 2005 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, the Academy for Educational Development, Center for Civil Society and Governance, will be hosting a panel discussion on Youth as a Catalyst for Peace: Helping Youth Develop the Vision, Skills, and Behaviors to Promote Peace.

The panel discussion will explore themes raised in the recent AED publication of the same title, located on the AED website:

Over decades of youth development experience, AED has discovered that youth are more likely to avoid violence and engage in peacebuilding behavior if they are granted a specific set of opportunities, interrelated and mutually reinforcing, or "threshold conditions for peacebuilding":

* engaging in political participation
* forging connections between youth and their communities
* building constituencies for peace
* training youth for the workplace
* building youth confidence and self-esteem

Panelists at the November 21st discussion will include development experts and young people involved in various types of domestic and international programming that is encouraging youth to seek peaceful resolution of conflicts. Together they will explore how specific programming approaches are leading to youth involvement in peacebuilding.

The panel discussion will be held at AED's Academy Hall, 1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Peterson, by phone at (202) 884-8680 or by e-mail at

Event: Memorial for 10th anniversary of execution of Ogoni 9 - Thursday, Nov. 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

ACTION ALERT! Remember the Ogoni 9: A commemoration and celebration on November 10th, 2005 at the Metropolitan Community Church of New York (446 West 36th Street) 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights, this event will honor the Ogoni 9 on the 10th anniversary of their execution. Featuring presentations by famed actress Vinie Burrows and local poets, the event will include readings from the newly released Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems Inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa. It will also include an update on legal proceedings from CCR’s staff attorneys and a candlelight vigil.

The event coincides with over 40 peaceful vigils being organized around the globe in solidarity with the Ogoni people to honor the memory of the Ogoni 9. Go to to join the Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa International Day of Action and help us mark the ten-year anniversary of the tragic death of the Ogoni 9.

On November 10, 1995, internationally renowned author and human rights and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists were hanged in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Arrested and held for months without charges, tortured while under detention, and sentenced to death by a "Special Tribunal" convened in violation of international law, these men were executed for their peaceful efforts to defend the indigenous Ogoni people of Nigeria from abuses caused by oil extraction activities of Shell Nigeria.

Ten years later, despite facts that tie Shell to the executions of the Ogoni 9 and to the continuing abuse of the Ogoni people, Shell still denies culpability, and its own internal reports show it is still part of the problem. Nigerian oil accounts for about 14% of Shell’s global production, and more of it goes to the United States than anywhere else.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Lauren Melodia at or 212-614-6481.

Panel Discussion: Dayton Peace Accords - Nov. 11th, 6:30 PM


Panel Discussion
The Dayton Peace Accords-10 Years On
Friday, November 11, 2005, 6:30 PM
The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
New York City
Admission: $8, free for students with valid ID

As we struggle with issues of nation-building, humanitarian intervention, and terrorism in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, what can we learn from Bosnia's vicious war and its unsettled peace?
In "The Dayton Peace Accords-10Years On," Richard Holbrooke, architect of
Bosnia's Dayton peace plan, and a group of distinguished panelists, including David Rieff, Laura Silber, and Chuck Sudetic will consider these issues in a discussion moderated by Tom Gjelten.


Richard Holbrooke, architect of Bosnia's Dayton peace plan and former
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs under
President Clinton;

David Rieff, author of Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the
West, A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis, and other
influential works;

Laura Silber, Senior Policy Advisor at The Open Society Institute in
New York and co-author of Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation;

Chuck Sudetic, war correspondent and author of Blood and Vengeance: One
Family's Story of the War in Bosnia.

Tom Gjelten, national security correspondent for NPR and author of
Sarajevo Daily: A City and its Newspapers Under Siege

Presented by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New
School on occasion of the exhibition "Sarajevo Self-portrait: The View
from Inside," organized and curated by Leslie Fratkin, and presented
at Peer Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, New York, through November 19th.

TICKETS: Reserve your tickets by email to:
Tickets can also be ordered by phone with a credit card (212) 229-5488
or in person at The New School Box Office, 66 West 12th Street, main
floor, Monday-Thursday 1-8 p.m., Friday 1-7 p.m.

INFORMATION: 212.229.5353, ;

Movie screening: "West Beirut" - Nov. 16 at 7 PM

My friends at the newly established Middle East Studies Organization at the CUNY-Graduate Center are hosting their first event. It's a documentary screening and should be interesting.
Spread the word!

Interested in the Middle East?

Like movies and snacks?

Come to the Middle East Studies Organization’s Premier Event!

Wednesday Nov 16, 7-10pm in 5414

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

Snacks and beverages provided, but probably not cotton candy.

We’ll be showing West Beirut, a film about adolescent filmmakers growing up in 1975 Beirut in a chaotic world of hormones, Abba, and civil war.

Here is some information on the movie :

It is Beirut, 1975. Tarek, Omar, and May are teenagers roaming the streets, listening to pop music and making super 8 films. School has been closed, and the city has been split into the Christian-controlled East Beirut and the Muslim militia-controlled West Beirut, where the teens live. They are forced to grow up faster in ways they had not expected as violence seizes the city and their worlds become smaller as parts of their familiar surroundings are suddenly declared "off-limits."

For more information, contact my friend Jameel Haque ---

Job opportunities in Politics - based in Washington, D.C.

These job postings were passed on to me by my friends at Rising Leaders, an organization based in Washington, D.C. They are right when they say that they will be filled quickly and are competitive.
Pass the word on and good luck!



MEM-260-05 Democratic Staff of Space and Aeronautics
Subcommittee requires experienced Committee Staff
member. Ideal candidate will possess an advanced
degree and substantial knowledge of NASA programs,
missions and budget. Experience in a legislative,
agency, association, corporation or academic
environment dealing with national science policy,
especially in space and aeronautics, is required.
Responsibilities include staffing committee hearings,
markups, and oversight investigations. Requires
working collaboratively with an experienced senior
staff with advanced degrees and substantial experience
in the field. Outstanding communication skills,
analytical approach and cooperative spirit required.
Submit cover letter and resume via facsimile to (202)

MEM-254-05 The Committee on Ways and Means Majority
Office seeks college students or recent graduates for
full-time, paid Internships beginning January 2006.
Duties vary depending on office assigned to. The ideal
candidate would be interested in the legislative
process, highly motivated, outgoing, detail-oriented
and possess excellent computer/ administrative skills.
Applications and detailed information on our
internship opportunities and program may be found on
our intern website at
Only completed applications turned in by November 15th
will be accepted.

LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT MEM-250-05 Democratic member of
House Financial Services Committee seeks experienced
Legislative Assistant to handle Financial Services
Committee work and other legislative issues. Must have
firm grasp of housing and banking issues and at least
two years of Hill experience. Midwest ties a plus.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send
cover letter and resume to
No calls or drop-bys please.

LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT MEM-246-05 Congresswoman Maxine
Waters, Los Angeles Democrat, is accepting applicants
for a Legislative Assistant to handle Financial
Services committee work. Applicants must possess
substantial experience on Capitol Hill or an extensive
work history in the Housing sector and a keen
understanding of the issues of the Financial Services
Committee. Strong writing, communication and
organizational skills are necessary. Salary is
commensurate with experience. Please e-mail your
resume and writing sample to:

MEM-244-05 Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
seeks Interns for his Washington office. Interns will
assist the Congressman and his staff in the overall
day-to-day operations of the office by investigating
constituent requests and drafting responses, answering
telephones, greeting visitors, giving Capitol Tours
(tour guide training will be provided) and other
duties as needed. Interns will also have the
opportunity to attend committee hearings. We are a
small but fast-paced office and every effort will be
made to give the Interns a worthwhile learning
experience. Our internship positions are unpaid, full
and part-time and available year round. A minimum time
commitment is required. Applicants with Maryland ties
are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should
fax a cover letter and resume to Intern Supervisor at
202-225-3094 or e-mail to: No
calls please.

MEM-243-05 - Senior Western Democratic Senator seeks
an organized, detailed-oriented person who can work in
a fast-paced environment. This person will work
directly with the Scheduler, Senator and Chief of
Staff to develop, organize, and maintain the Senator's
schedule. Position requires strong verbal and written
communication skills, effective organizational skills,
and the ability to multi-task. Hill experience,
specifically in scheduling, strongly preferred. Salary
is commensurate with experience. Please email resume
and cover letter to

MEM-240-05 Highly active and senior Democratic Member
representing southeast Texas seeks a highly organized
and creative Communications Director to control all
media operations for daily legislative activity. The
applicant must have excellent writing skills,
tenacious drive to pitch stories to media, and
aggressive attitude toward conveying the stories.
Responsibilities will include creating concise and
effective memoranda to the Member as to media spots,
comprehending the Member's legislative business,
Grafting plans for events that will generate media
interest, and developing rapport and working
relationship with other Member offices for
collaborative purposes. Hill experience is a plus but
not necessary. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Please fax a resume and cover letter to (202) 226-1808
or e-mail: with
"Communications Director" in the subject heading.

MEM-236-05 Congressman Raiil M. Grijalva (AZ-07) has
an opening for a fall 2005 Legislative Intern.
Qualified candidates will possess strong writing and
research skills, demonstrated ability to work
independently, attention to detail, prioritization
skills, a good sense of humor, and an interest in
education policy. Position consists of aiding
Education and Workforce Legislative Assistant in the
following areas: Researching and drafting constituent
correspondence on Education, Labor, Welfare, Senior
issues, Defense, Veterans, and Children issues. 60%;
Assisting in preparing MC for hearings, markups, and
floor votes. 15%; Conducting background research on
current legislation and impacts on AZ-07
constituencies. 15%; Attending congressional briefings
and compose summary memos. 10%. Position is unpaid,
flexible schedule, 20-25 hours a week. Please email
resume, cover letter, and ONE PAGE writing sample to No calls or drop-by's,

MEM-234-05 Active, progressive freshman Member seeks
highly motivated and organized Legislative
Correspondent with advanced writing and organizational
skills, and an understanding of issues and the
legislative process. Previous Hill LC experience a
must!!! Salary is commensurate with experience. Send
resumes to: PLEASE NO

MEM-233-05 The Minority Staff of the House Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence seeks an Executive
Assistant or experienced senior Staff Assistant.
Candidates must be well organized, hard-working and
detail oriented. Eligibility for a Top Secret/SCI
security clearance is required. Currently cleared
candidates desired. A high degree of professionalism
and maturity is required, as well as an ability to
work cooperatively and courteously with others. Must
be willing to work a flexible schedule, including long
hours and some late nights. Duties include answering
and screening telephone calls, database/task
management, Member and staff scheduling and performing
other administrative duties as needed. Knowledge of
the US Intelligence Community and Capitol Hill
experience highly preferred. Salary is commensurate
with experience. Please fax cover letter, resume and
references to 202-226-5068.

MEM-229-05 Northeastern member of the Democratic
Leadership who serves as a Ranking Member on an
Appropriations Sub-Committee seeks a Legislative
Assistant to cover a portfolio comprising mainly of
agriculture appropriations, food safety, PDA and
prescription drugs, as well as other issues.
Applicants must have at least three years of
substantive legislative experience, appropriations
experience, strong writing skills, and the ability to
work under pressure. Experience with food safety is
important as member is co-chair of the Food Safety
Caucus. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please
fax a resume and writing sample to 202-225-4890, to
the attention of the Legislative Director. No calls

MEM-183-05 Representative Mike Honda, Progressive
California Democrat seeks bright, flexible, and highly
organized individuals to serve as Interns in D.C.
office. Ideal candidates will have strong written and
verbal communication skills, good research skills, and
a willingness to work in a fast-paced environment. The
internship is unpaid and a California background or
experience is preferred, but not required.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
processing mail, answering phones, front office
reception, constituent correspondence, legislative
research, special projects and providing support to
Member, Chief of staff, and staff. Please email cover
letter and resume addressed to Intern Coordinator at: or fax to 202-225-2699.
No phone calls accepted.


102501?Staff Assistant needed for busy northeast
Democratic Senator's front office. Responsible for
greeting visitors, answering main-line telephone calls
from constituents, coordinating flag requests, and
other duties as assigned. Candidates must be able to
work well under pressure, work long hours when
necessary, communicate effectively with others,
multi-task efficiently, and understand how to
prioritize. Ability to write well and handle details
effectively are also of importance. Strong northeast
ties are required. Equal opportunity employer. Please
fax cover letter and resume indicating job referral
number to (202) 224-4477, or drop off in the Placement

101804? Senior Democratic Senator is seeking a
Communications Director to lead creative daily and
long-term media efforts for active office.
Responsibilities include strategy development and
implementation, oversight of DC press staff, close
coordination with in-state media liaison, speech
writing and substantial editorial duties. Excellent
writing skills and national media contacts required.
Significant Capitol Hill experience highly desirable.
Salary commensurate with experience. Email
resume/writing sample/references to:

100404 - Senior Western Democratic Senator seeks an
organized, detailed-oriented person who can work in a
fast-paced environment. This person will work directly
with the Scheduler, Senator and Chief of Staff to
develop, organize, and maintain the Senator's
schedule. Position requires strong verbal and written
communication skills, effective organizational skills,
and the ability to multi-task. Hill experience,
specifically in scheduling, strongly preferred. Please
fax resume and cover letter indicating job referral
number to (202) 224-4477, or drop off in the Placement

050307 - Northeast Democratic press office offers Fall
2005 full-time Press Internships in their Washington,
DC office. Part-time Interns will also be considered
but candidates with full-time availability will be
given preference. The hours will be long but the
experience is priceless. Duties include compiling
press clips, organizing press conferences, conducting
research studies and assisting Communications Director
with day to day tasks. Candidates do not need to be
from the Northeast, but an understanding of the
region's geography and issues is a plus. Background in
politics and press not required but candidates must
have general understanding of governmental process and
interest in communications. Each day is different, so
flexibility and willingness to learn combined with
dedication is crucial. The positions are unpaid.
Please fax cover letter, resume and references to
(202) 228-1218.

Does Winter always bring political instability?

I havent updated my blog in several days now, which is highly unlike me. This thing has gotten me so psyched out, I wouldnt mind posting the weirdest, most unusual stuff, just to see my blog become more dynamic and ever-changing.

It just so happens, though, that a lot has been going on in my life on several levels, most notably, emotional and intellectual. Maybe that's why I needed some time off to process it and here I am now!

Emotionally and intelectually, I have been struggling with a particular course at school and things have not been going well. Granted, it is my first semester and I should've dropped this course while the time was ripe, but I still had time and went ahead and just recently did that. So in many ways, an emotional - and intellectual - burden has been lifted from me.

On other emotional intellectual fronts, I still cant fathom the conflicts going on in the world today. We have the riots going on in France. I spoke to a colleague of mine at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Claire Tixiere, who is a French citizen, and she opines that it was just a matter of time before such a state of affairs was to emerge. She's also very concerned about incidents regarding police brutality in the event that things get worse. Im personally fascinated with these riots because they have caused colossal damage to property, but only one life has been lossed thus far, despite the hundreds of arrests. Now that France is in a state of emergency, let's see where things go from here. Especially in the long run.

India experienced terrorism on its own soil, just a few weeks after an earthquake devastated the part of Kashmir that it controls. What I found interesting about this event is the way it was portrayed in the media. Minutes after the bombing, CNN covered it on its website and when I read the brief news item, I was astounded as to why it mentioned that the attacks took place just as Hindus would be celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, but it declined to mention that Muslims would be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, the Feast celebrating the end of Ramadan - which both happened to fall just days apart this year. Implicitly, the news item was telling readers - and viewers - that Muslims were to blame for the attack. It's amazing how the media can portray players and actors and sway viewpoints and ideas in mere moments - even in the event of natural disasters!

And then lastly, I cant help but express my amazement - and pleasure! - at the sight of civil society mobilization in the aftermnath of the earthquake in Pakistan. Millions of dollars have been raised, thousands of items have been donated for victims and the campaign is still going strong. Im interested in seeing how things will fare out in the future, but more from an international civil society perspective. How and what role will the world play? Will Pakistan be yet another forsaken country for the developed countries of the "West"? These are questions that need to be asked and answers must be searched for, and demanded.

For closing thoughts, I must express my gratitude to Mukhtaran Mai who has triumphed despite what she has been through thus far. The gang-rape victim is now a champion not just for human rights and education for all, but for earthquake victims as well. She is going to donate all of the $20,000 of prize money she received at last week's Glamour Magazine Courage Awards Ceremony to earthquake relief. I think she knows all too well that this catastrophe has tragically faded away in the minds of people all over the world.

Winter might bring sadness and make us blue, but good things come to those who wait.