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The White House Briefing and Training brought 50 people from 23 states to Washington DC to experience a day of briefings at the White House and a full day training at the Citizens for Global Solutions National Office. Everyone involved found the event exhilarating, useful and energizing to continue their activism after they left the nation's capitol.
One participant remarked: "I am honored to have been able to attend this event and feel it will definitely help me continue to lobby much more effectively, with more coverage and with a better understanding of the facts. Thank you. Also, a very diverse group - that is a big priority for me personally."
For many visiting the East Wing of the White House was a once in a lifetime experience: "The only place more impressive to have met would be the Oval Office!"
Citizens for Global Solutions partnered with Resolve for this event - bringing together people of different ages from different parts of the country to participate in the briefing with high level speakers at the White House, but also for the training the following day. People were able to learn from each other's experiences and insights. "It was a good idea to coordinate with Resolve. We can only win with collaboration with all interested parties."
Citizens for Global Solutions’ 2011 Conference, Global Challenges: Global Solutions, was a major success thanks to the plethora of distinguished speakers and the energy and passion of those who attended. The conference took place in the cozy Carriage House near Dupont Circle where people listened to speakers, asked questions, and debated various important issues of international relations, the role of the U.S. and the UN in the world, and an assortment of other topics. Members came from 24 different states including as far as Maine, California, Arizona, Minnesota, and Mississippi.
The conference kicked off with a presentation by Suzanne Nossel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Ms. Nossel spoke about the importance of U.S. engagement with the United Nations in solving the many difficult problems we face in the world today. As a member of the State Department, she was able to offer CGS members insight into how her department operates and works with international organizations.
If the people will lead, the leaders will follow. The ratification of the new START treaty, without question, was uncertain as recently as one week ago. But because of the indefatigable efforts of us, citizens who stand for global solutions to global challenges, we turned the tide. We moved the mountain. We carried the day.
Imagine what other mountains we're going to move in the months and years to come.
At the heart of the new START treaty stands a Big Idea that can be expressed in a single sentence. When both we and our potential adversaries agree to mutually limit our military muscle and to mutually open ourselves to external inspections, that's better for us, for American national security, than when we insist that we cannot allow our armaments or our sovereignty to be constrained in any way (as the right demagogically demands), and consequently our potential adversaries remain wholly unconstrained as well.
This is Jordan Bankhead, I’m the CGS chapter president in Oxford, Mississippi and served on the CGS PAC this year. I’m volunteering at headquarters in Washington, D.C. this week and thought an outsider’s view of the recent Congressional elections for Mississippi, and the United States would be interesting.
In my district, Democratic congressman Travis Childers lost to Republican Alan Nunnelee over mainly domestic issues. Mississippians are not likely to notice any difference on foreign policy as a result of the election though.
People in my district want job growth, increased economic opportunities, and secure futures for their children, like other Americans. These values make sound governance on foreign policy important for all Mississippians. To this end, support for international policies like free and fair trade, promoting international investment (Blue Springs, Mississippi was recently awarded a new Toyota plant), and sound security policy are widely held. This presents a challenge and an opportunity for the new Congress and the Obama administration that may result in more bipartisan progress than pundits predict. Here is why:
Submitted by Becky Tan, Manhattan Beach Chapter Leader
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