Friday, June 17, 2005

Notes from Today's Conference Chat

Here are a few notes from today's chat -

Meg is working on vision and structure for our high school outreach program, so email her with thoughts, ideas, questions at mtowle@nd.edu.

Jimbo is working on the integration of our blog, which is taking a lot slower than expected because of technical difficulties. He'll keep us posted on its status. As soon as we have a blog, though, (which will be the mainpage of the website) we can post analysis and updates and action-alerts and news.

Some news coverage today - GO TO http://newsinfo.nd.edu/ and look to right side.

Meg also questioned the one photo we have on the website, suggesting it could be exploitative under Red Cross Code of Conduct - so we are going to have three new rotating photos ASAP.

Nate, Paul and I are working on a short, comprehensive brief for Andy and Jimbo on changes and the future of the website. Email us with suggestions to add to the briefing. I decided on a briefing because that will make it easier for them as opposed to balancing all sorts of ideas.

Alison continues to lead our march to $20,000. I will have updates on our status on Monday. Please get out those letters personally to family, friends, random dudes - it is so vital.

A note - I also just send out an email for 300 people in 3 days for 3 minutes - asking people to invite friends, family and anyone to sign up for our emailing list. Please go hard with this and get names to Katie at kmounts@ugandacan.org.

Finally, I reported on some great conversation I have had with people from World Vision, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, AfricaAction, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns and others who are really excited about our campaign. I also talked with the Genocide Intervention Fund (Darfur-focused), which really wants to work together for a regional push. There is a lot of potential there, especially as they are already pushing legislation in the House.

And that's the story today. Lots going on - please send in updates when you can. Or ideas. Thanks for a good week - lets make this weekend a good push to beef up our mailing list.

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