LOBBY for EAST
MAY 7-10, 2000
us in Washington, DC, for ETAN Lobby Days!
What Are ETAN Lobby Days?
Lobby Days provide an exciting
and inspiring opportunity for activists from all over the United States to
come together in Washington, DC and meet with Members of Congress to
discuss serious issues affecting East Timor. You will meet with your own
Members of Congress as well as accompany fellow activists on other
meetings. You will also participate in lobbying training and workshops.
But Isn’t East Timor Free?
Yes, East Timor is free from
Indonesian occupation, but not yet secure. There is still much work to be
done – among others:
Resolving the refugee crisis in
West Timor and other parts of Indonesia. Bring the East Timorese home!
Ensuring adequate aid for East
Timor for FY 2001.
Maintaining the suspension on
U.S.-Indonesian military ties with Indonesia, including the ban on IMET.
Accountability - exerting
pressure for fair Indonesian and international investigations and
prosecutions for war crimes and crimes against humanity
Nothing works like meeting
personally with your Congressmembers to move these initiatives through
Who Should Come to ETAN Lobby
YOU, even if you never lobbied before! For those who are new to lobbying,
ETAN will get you started by helping you set up meetings, pairing you up
with experienced lobbyists for your meetings, and providing you support
and advice throughout the entire process. ETAN lobby days will kick off
with a full day of training and workshops, and each evening we will meet
together to share stories and trade ideas about the day’s meetings. We
will even have a protest outside of the Indonesian Embassy!
How Do Lobby Days Work?
Let ETAN staff know of your plans
to participate in lobby days.
Arrange your transportation.
Lobby training (mandatory) begins on Sunday May 7 at 10 AM, so we
encourage you to arrive in DC by Saturday night. Plan to leave DC on
Wednesday May 10. A limited number of travel subsidies are available.
Arrange your housing.
ETAN encourages you to find your own housing. We recommend that you talk
to friends in the area who may be able to host you. If you cannot find
your own housing, please let us know and we will help you.
Schedule your appointments.
It is best for you to schedule your own appointments with your Senators
and Representatives. Offices will prioritize calls from constituents (more
so than calls from ETAN), and you are more likely to get a meeting with
your Senator or Representative directly (as opposed to a staffer) if you
make the call on your own. If you would like help in setting up your
appointment by phone, just give us a call or drop us an email.
Inform ETAN of your appointments
as they are confirmed. For
each meeting you schedule, let us know the date, time, name of the staffer
you’ll be meeting, and the names of others (if any) planning to attend
Come to lobby days, attend the training, meet lots of great people coming
to town, and do important work for the people of East Timor.
ETAN Lobby Days Schedule
Sunday May 7 Lobby Days Training
10 am - 7 pm Welcome, briefings
and workshops on human rights accountability, refugees, aid and
reconstructoin and more, East Timor update, lobby tips and role plays
7 pm Dinner
Monday May 8 Lobby Days Part I
9 am. - 4:30 pm Lobby Visits
5 pm. - 6 pm Protest at the
Indonesian Embassy on East Timorese Refugees
6 p.m. Dinner in Dupont Circle
Tuesday May 9 Lobby Days Part II
9 am - 5 pm Additional Lobby
6 pm Dinner
Wednesday May 10 Lobby Days Part
9 am-1 pm Lobby Visits
From National Airport, you can catch the blue-line Metro into DC.
From Dulles Airport, you can catch a shuttle bus into downtown DC
or to the West Falls Church Metro Station (orange-line). From Baltimore
Washington International (BWI) Airport, you can take a shuttle
bus into downtown DC or take a train to Union Station, which is within
walking distance of the Capitol building. Inexpensive commuter rail
service (MARC) is available only on weekdays. Amtrak trains run at
all times and arrive at Union Station. Greyhound buses will drop
you off at the Greyhound Terminal behind Union Station, where you can
catch a Metrobus or taxi.
For details, contact Karen
Orenstein at 202-544-6911, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kristin Sundell, 773-878-4033, email@example.com,
or visit the ETAN website at www.etan.org.
In the New York City area contact: John M. Miller, (718)596-7668; firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in Washington.
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