Jeff Unsicker, who brings experience both in NGOs and in teaching policy advocacy at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, has written a useful guide to planning, monitoring and then evaluating policy advocacy.
As we reflect on Jerusalem/Al Kuds on Yom Yerushalayim, my mouth stutters and my eyes well up with tears when I try to describe the violence I have seen in the streets of Jerusalem. I have wandered the streets of Jerusalem since 1966, when this unique city first opened its gates and welcomed me within. The celebration of a city united has become mourning for a city divided.
Many of the scores of anti-drone protests across the country last month took place in communities dependant on the military-industrial complex for the money that drone warfare brings. A critical task of the peace movement is to expose the lie that ending investment in war technology such as drones would somehow mean the death of national and local economies.
A letter to Morgan Freeman from the Dorothy Cotton Institute 2012 Civil And Human Rights Delegation to the West Bank
Dear Mr. Freeman,
The rise of killer drones marks the new era of empire in which we live and against which we must struggle. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles allow the bloody execution of U.S. power to disappear into white noise, lulling our national conscience asleep to the consequences of our monstrous violence and arrogance abroad.
The Rev. Michael Lapsley barely survived an April 28, 1990 letter bomb attack by agents of the South African apartheid government who sought to kill him. The bomb exploded in his hands, seriously wounding him and leading to the loss of both arms and the use of an eye and ear.