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Campaign Update 25 April 2012

42 Members of Congress sign letter to President Obama on IEDs – Forty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives have  signed a letter to President Obama calling for a unified U.S. strategy and international action against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  Organizers hope others will join the call. The letter calls for President Obama to work with Congress and global governments to address critical gaps in the humanitarian response to IEDs, strengthen application of the rule of law, and eliminate serious deficiencies in public-private information sharing. The significant bi-partisan support now includes representatives from key House committees including: Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Homeland Security, Veteran’s Affairs, Appropriations, Ways and Means, Judiciary, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Small Business, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and Workforce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Joint Committee on Taxation, Budget, Agriculture and Natural Resources. The response underscores the true bipartisan nature of the issue.

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Campaign Update 22 Mar 2012

An archive of previous updates can be found at

http://www.CampaignAgainstIEDs.org/campaign-blog.html ]

 

This week has seen us gather a great deal more support for the Letter from Members of Congress to President Obama on IEDs and other areas of the Global Campaign against IEDs. As of Monday, March 19, 2012 the list we have from Representative Gallegly’s Office includes 15 signatories for the letter.

Many more House and Senate continue to Staff it and express interest in joining this impressive, diverse bi-partisan group.

Signatories now include representatives from key house committees including: Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Homeland Security, Veteran´s Affairs, Ways and Means, Judiciary, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Small Business, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and Workforce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget, Agriculture and Natural Resources. The response underscores the true bi-partisan nature of this effort and what all Members should lend their voice to standing against IEDs.

 

The “Dear Colleagues” letter was circulated again on March 19th, and we will continue to collect signatures at least until March 30th.

 

The Ambassadors from Germany and Norway will now provide representatives to our initial session in Washington on April 3, 2012. Germany is reaching out to other embassies to endorse the event and promote attendance.

 

We have several opportunities to attend our sessions at GovSec 2012 April 3-4 in Washington, D.C.  The Global Campaign against IEDs will host two panels at the event:

The Global IED Epidemic: Much More than Just a Military Problem (April 3, 2012: Time: 3:15PM – 4:15PM). Panel Members include:

  • Gerald Gahima – Former Chief Justice of the Rwanda Supreme Court and key figure in stopping the 1980 Rwanda Genocide.
  • BG(P) Austin Miller – Deputy Director, Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)
  • COL (Ret) Bob Morris (Moderator) – Global Campaign against IEDs
  • Jim Young – Google

The Power of Social Media in Combating Terrorism (April 4, 2012: Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM).  Panel Members Include:

  • Gerald Gahima – Former Chief Justice of the Rwanda Supreme Court and key figure in stopping the 1980 Rwanda Genocide.
  • LTG (Ret) Francis H. Kearney, III – Former Deputy Director, Strategic Operations Planning at the National Counter-Terrorism Center
  • COL (Ret) Bob Morris (Moderator) – Global Campaign against IEDs
  • Chief of Police (Ret) David Peck – Former Chief of Police, Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Steve Ressler – Founder, GovLoop
  • Jim Young – Google

Although the Global Campaign against IEDs and Partners International foundation as neutral parties and non-profit entities are not affiliated with GovSec, its organizers, or vendors in any way, GovSec has agreed to support the Global campaign´s work through in-kind donations.

If you wish to attend, you have several options:

  • FREE Events only (does not include the two IED Panels): Register through the GovSec website using the Promotion Code: EXPO02
  • FREE events and our IED panels: Register through the GovSec website using the Promotion Code:  EXPO02  when you register AND notify us by email at partners@partners-international.org so we can add your name to the access roster.
  • ALL GovSec Events: Register through the GovSec website using the Promotion Code:  CONF21 to receive a 10% discount.
  • Invitation only event: contact me directly by email.
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Campaign Update 16 Mar 2012

An archive of previous updates can be found at

http://www.CampaignAgainstIEDs.org/campaign-blog.html ]

 

We continue to make progress in several areas.

First, the response to our request for signatories on the letter to President Obama on IEDs continues to be very promising. In just the last week we have three new signatories:

This expands the committees represented to include: Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Veteran’s Affairs, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Small Business, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and Workforce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget, Agriculture and Natural Resources. The response underscores the true bi-partisan nature of this effort and what all Members should lend their voice to standing against IEDs.

We continue to receive quite a few inquiries from House and Senate offices with interest and are very encouraged in regard to obtaining more signatories in the near future. In response to the interest we’ve extended the date to receive signatures until March 30, 2012.

I hope you will continue to advocate with Congressional offices for additional signatures as may be appropriate.

In one extremely positive and significant development, on March 13, 2012 Congressman Gallegly’s Office began circulating formal “Dear Colleagues” correspondence requesting signatures on the letter and that he will continue to circulate it until March 30, 2012 to collect signatures.

In our international engagements the Ambassador from Norway is requesting to provide a representative to our initial session in Washington on April 3, 2012. Currently we are exploring interest for a session with Veteran’s Service Organizations (VSOs).

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Campaign Update 4 Mar 2012

In order to promote complete transparency of our actions, these updates will list organizations, companies, offices, and persons with which we have substantive interactions. These interactions do not represent formal endorsement of the Global Campaign against IEDs by these entities. Formal endorsements will be posted separately on our website as they are received.

 

An archive of previous updates can be found at

http://www.CampaignAgainstIEDs.org/campaign-blog.html ]

 

First, the response to our request for signatories on the letter to President Obama on IEDs is very promising. In just the short time the letter has been available for signature in Congressman Gallegly’s office, we already have commitments from Members representing the House Foreign Affairs Committee; House Ways and Means; House Armed Services Committee; House Veteran’s Affairs, and others.

Since hard copies of the requests were hand carried to each Member of the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as electronic copies distributed to all House and Senate Chiefs of Staff, quite a few House and Senate offices have shown interest and contacted Representative Gallegly’s office. We are very encouraged regarding obtaining more signatories in the near future and hope other in the House and Senate will join as  signatories.

Next, Rolling Thunder has joined the growing list of Veteran’s Organizations to endorse the Global Campaign against IEDs and committed to being a signatory on a VSO President’s letter to President Obama and Congress as well.

In addition, Brigadier General (P) Austin Miller, Deputy Director of the Department of Defense’s Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) will join our panel at GovSec On April 3, 2012 entitled: The Global IED Epidemic: Much More than A military Problem. If you wish to attend I’ll be happy to provide the details.

In our outreach we contacted Ambassadors of over 20 Foreign Governments in the United States as well as key members of the Nigeria Government with requests to meet regarding the Global Campaign and move toward the world’s first Global IED summit.

With assistance from The Graffiti of War Project as one of our Global Campaign partners, a combat veteran in their program designed what now has become the official logo (shown below) of the Global Campaign against IEDs.  We’re honored to have the symbol of this global effort designed by a member of a project helping our wounded warriors.

 

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Campaign Update 24 Jan 2012

In order to promote complete transparency of our actions, these updates will list organizations, companies, offices, and persons with which we have substantive interactions. These interactions do not represent formal endorsement of the Global Campaign against IEDs by these entities. Formal endorsements will be posted separately on our website as they are received.

 

An archive of previous updates can be found at

http://www.CampaignAgainstIEDs.org/campaign-blog.html ]

 

Update of activities for the Global Campaign against IEDs for the Week ending January 20, 2012

In this update:

1. Additions to organizations who we are now working with.

2. Endorsements and Support Update

3. Significant Activities

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Additions to organizations who we are now working with.

Since my last note, the following congressional offices, Agencies and Organizations joined our group:

Personnel in the offices of two United States Senators, two Congressman, and several members of the White House Staff

The Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO)

Gary Sinise Foundation

Operation Home Front

Operation Recover

Vet-to-Vet

Veterans for Change

Wounded Warrior Project

United Nations Mission-Liberia

The Associated Press

Coca-Cola Company

Common Cause

Fox News

Military.com

USA Today

 

Endorsements and Support Update

We are proud to report we recently received formal endorsements for the Global Campaign against IEDs from the humanitarian and private sectors as well as the Veteran’s Service Organization community. These include: Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) as a committed organization and endorsements from the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), The Kansas African Studies Center at Kansas University, and GovSec. You can view the text of these and other endorsements here.

 

Significant Activities

First, and most importantly, we revised and recirculated the proposed Letter from the House and Senate to the President on IEDs. In the past week we received very helpful input from House and Senate Offices as well as professional committee staffers and Veteran’s groups. The revised draft incorporates this input. We hope to complete the letter and offer it to all Members of the United States House of Representatives and Senate for signature after receiving any final input by January 31, 2012. From that point we’ll begin posting responses to requests to sign. For a complete listing of Congressional Members we’ve contacted to date and to assist in getting your representatives to support please contact us at partners@partners-international.org.

Second, we are on our second draft of a letter from Veterans Service Organizations calling for action against IEDs. This draft incorporates input from veterans’ organizations we are coordinating with and we hope to move forward with it on a timeline supportive of the congressional letter to President Obama.

Internationally, we received a promising contact from the Nigerian President’s Amnesty Program on the prospect of a pilot project in Nigeria to go after the root causes of IED networks and militancy by re-integrating former militants into society and the economy that stated, in part: “I am thrilled by the commitment, enthusiasm and determination to make not just Niger Delta navigate through this challenging path to sustainable peace and economic growth but larger Nigeria also. To this end, I and my team representing my boss, Kingsley Kuku, are willing and eager to commence partnership immediately. Please just draw up a road map and we’ll make adjustment and hit the ground running.”

We applaud the government of Nigeria for this courageous and visionary initiative.

 

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Veterans Groups, Humanitarian Organizations and others partnering with the Global Campaign against IEDs can now submit relevant information to be posted on our blog. This will, in-turn, populate our news feed in the global IED Incident Tracker. Input is submitted to us directly at partners@partners-international.org

 

Requested Actions:

1. We request those in the United States contact their elected representatives and urge them to sign the letter to President Obama calling for support to the Global Campaign against IEDs.

2. We request those in the countries of the world begin pressing their elected representatives to formally condemn the use of IEDs and join the Global Campaign.

3. The Global campaign needs you support through donations and helping build our social network by encouraging those you know to contact us and join in the effort.