Thursday, June 30, 2005

Ideas and Thanksgiving.

I just got off the phone with Nate and we had two ideas I wanted to throw out there.

1.) It would be nice to have a page on our website called "About Our Team" - that puts photos and brief bios up about each of us working on the Uganda-CAN team.

2.) It would be really cool if everyone or even just some of us created our own blogs on which we could post our ideas, analysis, interesting news articles - and then we could link to all those blogs from the Uganda-CAN website. If you're interested, you can start a blog just at www.blogger.com. It is really easy.

Couple other quick thoughts - Now is a great time to send out a personal email directing people to our expanded, updated website and be sure to direct them to where they can donate online securely. Beyond that, I just wanted to say that the two pushes we really need to make in the next couple weeks are a.) outreach (web - Andy, high school - Meg, organizers - Caitlin, colleges - Christine) and b.) legislation (Alison is in charge).

On Tuesday of next week, Michael and Jamie Martin will be back from Uganda - so it will be great to have their insights, photos, stories, contacts, etc. I just want to highlight that these guys, with Stephen O., have done a helluva job moving around a warzone so that we have great material, coverage and grounding in Uganda. Their work is essential, and we would not be anymore right now without these guys.

As I wrote in an email to many of you earlier, thank you all for the amazing work all of you have been doing to really carry this campaign forward. We have achieved a lot in one month, and that is all due to our hard work and vision. As we step forward, we have many obstacles to overcome, but together I know we achieve some great things that will really have a positive impact on northern Uganda and our broader world in the future.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Keep Moving

Ugandacan is really geting people talking here. 7 out of 10 people i have so far talked to, have already read about ugandacan.Most people seem to acknowledge our potential and desire to make significant contribution towards peace building.So far the key to that has been media publicity yet our media strategy is yet to be tested.I believe we can achieve more than we have...And as usual, let's go for it!
Today the new vision run an artical from the president about the northern conflict.This is good for our policy analytical team to note as it gives important insights from one of the major actors on the conflict.It can be found at www.new vision.org

Michael and Jamie are doing great and we should use this opportunity to ask them do what we think is important so we don't get many ,"we mised it".

Peace

Whut up Wednesday

Hey all, Nate here. How are things moving on everyone's end? It would be great to have a short update from folks so we can all be on the same page this week and next as we really start getting things progressing.

I have been working on a multitude of stuff from contacting organizations about partnerships in terms of relief assistance, to organizing campaign materials for the website, and to mail out or use in hard-copy form. I have also been trying to keep on top of a lot of the general issues Peter and I have been working out--I'm sure you have been getting asked a lot of questions, but things are really moving forward, and I think we're off to a great start.

I also wanted to highlight the work of a few people who have been especially helpful to me this week.

I have been emailing Jimmy like crazy trying to figure out a lot of the web issues, and these guys working on the site and keeping our tech stuff in order deserve huge thanks. A lot of what we're doing is web-based, so without them, we really wouldn't have much to refer people too.

Also, Allison has been doing a great job with fundraising, and she is very quick in responding to my random questions. Thanks a lot for all the work you have been doing; fundraising can be one of the most stressful tasks.

And of course I think we all need to highlight the work that Peter has been doing. He never ceases to amaze me, and next thing you know we're on the front page of the Monitor. Peter, you're not only like a brother to me after Uganda, but you're an inspiration to all of us.

Anyway, let’s keep motivated in the next few weeks and really get things moving as we have people heading into DC to really get the ball rolling down on capital hill. Thanks to everyone who has been working hard in the shadows too, I know you're out there doing great things. Keep us posted and continue your great work.

Cheers from Michigan,

--Nate--

Monday, June 27, 2005

One more thing -- IMPORTANT.

Michael and I are currently in discussions with the guys who made the documentary "Invisible Children" about collaboration and potential partnership between our two organizations. IC has already covered a lot of ground in the U.S. and have reached people's dinner tables in unique and creative ways. They have developed a grassroots network that cares about these issues, but lacks any clear, facilitated outlet for political voice. We can be that political catalyst and channel for them, and they can give us access to groups of people we might otherwise not reach.

Anyway, I will hopefully have more details and updates as the week goes on, but I wanted to let you all know about this and open the topic up for discussion.

You can learn a little bit about IC at their website: www.invisiblechildren.com, but they are working on a new website and will soon provide us with more details about that and themselves.

Some Updates on this Monday.

Hey everyone. Hope your weekends were cheery.

This week's goals from my end are to really kick-off our school outreach projects, develop a legislative strategic plan and continue our push for fundraising.

A couple updates -

a.) Thanks to the work of Paul and others, we send editorials and press releases all over the country to big and small newspapers. I can confirm that the Joplin Independent in Joplin, Oklahoma, the Style Weekly in Richmond, Virginia and the Willioston Observer in Williston, Vermont are all running pieces by us about the war in northern Uganda and our work together.

b.) To add to that excitement, I am going to be on the BBC radio tonight, on some talk show about the upcoming Live 8 shows and G-8 summit, especially regarding Africa's problems. I don't know how they Uganda-CAN, but they want us commenting in. I'll find the link if they put it online.

That's my story for the moment. Thank you all for the work you do.

Hello to All!

Hello everyone! My name is Christine McGlinchy, and I believe I am the newest member of the Uganda-CAN leadership team. I will be a junior next year at Notre Dame, and I am studying Spanish and American Studies. I am very excited to get to know all of you and collaborate on some of the Uganda-CAN projects!
Peter has designated me to work on a University/College outreach program, and I was hoping to relay to you all what I've been thinking about trying to accomplish in order to get some feedback:
I am hoping to initially make contacts with a specific number of colleges in each state and determine what branch, office, or student group of the school would be most interested in the work the Uganda-CAN is doing. After findingthe right people to talk to, I would like to establish a relationship with a specific someone from each school, to act as the school's spokesperson and contact for us to work with. Through these relationships I would hope to be able to work together with each school to determine whether and when it would be possible for a representative of Uganda-CAN to come to the school to speak out about the crisis we are working to end. Ultimately, my major, super, and I don't even know if it's possible, goal is to, from these demonstrations, move people enough towards working for our cause that they want to be a part of Uganda-CAN in a big way. I want (this is the second major half of my goal) to hold a Uganda-CAN consortium of sorts in Washington DC, with representatives from each school, and as broadly across the country as possible to come to DC, meet with the other members of Uganda-CAN, and physically go to Capitol Hill, speak with their state representatives, and urge them to push Congress to make change in Uganda.
Any feedback you may have is greatly appreciated...it's great to be a part of Uganda-CAN and I can't wait to see what we all can accomplish! Thank you all for the work that you do, you are all amazing.
Smiles,
Christine

Sunday, June 26, 2005

More Media Coverage of Uganda-CAN!!!

The Ugandan Weekly Observer, an opposition-controlled weekly newspaper, ran news of the advent of Uganda-CAN: see http://www.ugandaobserver.com/today/news/news200506233.php.

I will write more tomorrow. Have a good Sunday everyone!

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Yah all

I hope you guys are fine and well. Michael,Jamie and i came back from our assesment mission safely in northern uganda.We are still engaged with a few groups here as Michael and jamie get ready to come back over there.I am working on short report about that.

The trip was sucessfull and many people have welcomed the idea.People seem to be willing to help in our prgrammes but we have to come out on concrete terms regarding our project mandate and tasks.
Another thing is that we already have to get mainstreamed with other groups that could be willing to work closely with Ugandacan so that we have tangible credibility to push for more...
otherwise ,i am personly convinced that we are doing very well so far considering the fact that ugandacan is about one month old.People are talking about it already and lets keep the fire burning.
Thank you all for the hard work and time you put into ugandacan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Greetings from Cleveland

Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. Patrick Corrigan, junior, Peace Studies and PLS. I'll be in Northern Ireland for the next month but connected over the internet. I'm not yet sure what my role is in Uganda-CAN, but I'll do whatever I can to help. I would like to help link this conflict to the one in Sudan and Congo, and to illustrate the regional instability near the Great Lakes. I also would like to help on the education initiative when I get back.

I am very impressed with the progress so far. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has worked hard to get Uganda-CAN off the ground and in a position where it can make a difference in a crisis that has too long been neglected. Please contact me with anything I can do to help.

peace

Updates from the birthplace of America.

Updates from Massachusetts, the birthplace of the nation -

a.) Paul has been working tirelessly on getting newspaper contacts all over the country, and tomorrow we are going to shower the press with editorials and press releases about Uganda-CAN.

b.) Alison has also been working tirelessly, and tomorrow, we will have at least two grants in the mail (asking for $12,000 total) with many more in the works. Also, we are launching tomorrow a big push of targeting religious organizations for donations. Lisa, who studied in Uganda with me, is approaching the Jewish community. I am asking the Catholics and Alison the Protestants. Anyone Muslim? or Buddhist?

c.) On the legislative/action front, lots is moving. I have made some good connections with lots of active people in D.C. whom Michael and I will meet with once we get there to start building a coalition of sorts. We are also going to start targeting Senator Brownback of KS as our initial supporter in Congress.

d.) The Monitor published an editorial that I wrote today - see http://allafrica.com/stories/200506201485.html.

e.) The UNAA (Ugandans in North America Assoc.) is holding a conference in Minnesota at the start of September, and I am asking them to let me speak about Uganda-CAN. Anyone want to go with me?

f.) Jimmy is doing lots of work on the website, which will we need some help with in the coming days. Keep checking it to see changes as they happen.

g.) Welcome to Christine McGlinchy, who is going to be our college/university coordinator. She will also be working to set up our fall university outreach tour.

h.) Michael sends his greetings from Uganda - he is well and has covered a lot of ground in just two weeks. He says thanks for the article in the newspaper there because it has gotten lots of people talking and given them legitimacy.

i.) I just wanted to get to i.

That's all for now. If possible, let's do a round of updates over the next day or two - just to see what people are up to right now. Goodnight for now.

1. UC email addreses 2. Fundraising

1. All of the emails that I've gotten from @ugandacan.org email addresses have gone to the bulk/junk folder of my Yahoo account. Just a heads up that this might be happening to other people too....

2. Another fundraising idea.....if we have a way to know the names and addresses of people who donate online, we should send them a card, or some sort of UgandaCAN memorabilia. People like appreciate appreciation.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Uganda-CAN in Ugandan Newspaper!

We finally broke through the East African press. Check out this link - http://www.monitor.co.ug/news/news06204.php - to a story in The Monitor, the major Ugandan independent newspaper. It's a small story and the title is a bit misleading, but it's great coverage after a week of pushing for it.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

1. Summit 2. Fundraising Idea

Hey evereebody,

Hope you're all doing well. Well.....

1. I can make the summit, will drive, and can pay for my own travel expanses. I might bring some other people that I'm trying to get to work with Uganda-CAN.
2. Fundraising idea.... Once we know what organzitations and relief groups in Uganda we'd be supporting with the 50% of our budget, what if we put a list of them at the bottom of the fundraising letters (or on the online donation page) and let people check one they especially liked under a heading saying something like "I would like 50% of my donation to go to......". I think people might be more inclined to donate if they knew exactly where their money is going, and it would also to let allow people especially concerned about child soldiers, or women, or health to know their money would be going to that specific group.

Have a nice Father's Day....

paul

The Summit Returns.

A little over a week ago, we proposed holding a SUMMIT in Washington, D.C. for one of the last weekends in July as a chance for all of us to meet each other, talk about the future vision of Uganda-CAN and strategize for the road ahead. Well, the more we become immersed in this project, the more essential the SUMMIT seems to become.

So, I need to know from all of you the following -

a.) Could you physically be in DC July 22-24 or July 29-31?

b.) How would you get there (air, car, bus, etc.)? Would you be able to pay your own way or would you need Uganda-CAN to subsidize (we are still trying to figure out our exact policy on this - it might be a 50-50 policy)?

And we would all be able to stay in Michael's house, so there would be no housing costs.

Let's discuss this and begin to make some decisions, because July is approaching rapidly.

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.

Agenda for Today's Conference Chat

Agenda for today's conference chat. I know some of you cannot make it, so I will post some minutes or notes here later this evening.

I. Updates from all ends

II. Website Critique and Future Analysis

III. Fundraising Push

IV. Reaching out to schools - chapters and curriculums

V. Brainstorming action/education ideas
The question - how do we reach those who would ordinarily never hear of or become involved in a campaign like Uganda-CAN?

VI. Update from Pete on legislative/coalition affairs and briefing on peace prospects

VII. Hitting the Press - Ideas and Plan for the Future

Remember - just IM pjqpeace5 at 3 eastern or 15 minutes before, and I will invite you into the chat room.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Updates on this Thursday.

Some more updates on things -

a.) I wanted to introduce Meg Towle (mtowle@nd.edu) - Meg is going to be coordinating and launching our project to have high school chapters or partners of Uganda-CAN. She'll be writing soon with more on that.

b.) I am now talking with some of the leaders of the Genocide Intervention Fund (Darfur action group) and they are lobbying for a bill called the Darfur Accountability Act, which calls for a special envoy to southern Sudan, Darfur and northern Uganda. This is definitely something we can link up with.

c.) We need someone to take control of developing this idea of creation of a curriculum to be utilized in grade schools about northern Uganda, etc. Any idea of people? Anyone with any experience?

d.) I just put a link up on my blog (www.peterquaranto.blogspot.com) about an article from UN IRIN about the prevalence of rape in northern Uganda.

e.) On Tuesday, John Prendergast gave a talk about peace in northern Uganda at the Woodrow Wilson International Center - I am working on getting my hands on the text.

More to come.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Some Ideas and Updates

First off - welcome to two new key players on our team. Katie Mounts (kmounts@nd.edu) is going to be our Volunteers Coordinator and Caitlin Rackish (crackish@gmail.com) is going to be our Organizers Coordinator. Katie will be the gateway to Uganda-CAN, welcoming, directing and supporting volunteers and their work. Caitlin will be working on the grassroots networking that has kicked-off with out state-search project.

Alison and I had a conversation today about the need to clarify our objectives and where we are headed. I want to paste here our objectives and allow for some discussion, not necessarily to change them but to make sure we are on the same page with them.

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN) seeks to:

· Raise awareness about the war in northern Uganda, particularly highlighting the realities on the ground and the voices of Ugandans caught in the midst of war.
· Take creative and targeted action to lobby policymakers in the United States to push for a comprehensive peaceful resolution to the war in northern Uganda and an end to its consequent suffering.
· Work in partnership with operating humanitarian organizations to provide relief and other forms of assistance to alleviate the unnecessary human suffering in northern Uganda.
· Build an effective broad-based grassroots network of concerned, outraged citizens committed to monitoring and using their power to work for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa and beyond.

Also today we launched our "March to $20,000" - see the email I sent to all of you and all the volunteers.

Finally, a couple ideas as we move forward -

a.) Development of a curriculum that could be used be teachers in elementary, middle and high schools to teach about Africa, the war, global systems and civic engagement - I think this could be an easy-sell and a great way to get into schools and reach people who otherwise we wouldn't be able to - Now we need someone to spearhead this.

b.) Meg Towle suggested the idea of having high school and even college chapters of Uganda-CAN. She is working on this and will probably update us with her plan/idea soon.

c.) My cousin said to me "Trying to get Americans to care about Africa is an impossible challenge." What if we framed our campaign as trying to prove that way of thinking wrong? It would appeal to patriotism, the goodwill of people and a sense of pride. Thoughts?

Hope you are all well. Let's shoot for a Friday CHAT AIM session at 3:00 - is that ok with people?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

hi!

Hi all! I'm Katie Mounts, the newest addition to the UCAN team, and I just wanted to say hello to everyone. I return to nd this fall as a junior and am a political science and peace studies major. I'll be the new volunteer coordinator, so I just wanted to get you my info for any needs you'll have. My email should be on the website (and i'm not sure if you can get it off of here---to be perfectly honest, i have no idea what a blog is?), but incase you need it: kmounts@nd.edu. I think UgandaCAN has incredible potential, and I'm honored to be a part of this and to work with all of you--please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions/concerns. :)

Cincinnati... then Narleans...

Hi all, I'm pretty excited about all the work everyone is doing. It appears we're off to a great start.

As for myself, I'm going to be MIA for about two weeks: moving to Cincinnati in a few days, then going to a search engine conference in New Orleans. If you have a Web site emergency, call me, and if it's not an emergency, email Jimbo. Cheers

Individual Tasks for Week(s) Ahead

Two weeks ago, I found it really helpful when we wrote out the tasks that everyone was in charge of accomplishing and coordinating. I wanted to do that here. Please correct me if I make mistakes or leave anyone out.

Nate - developing organizing materials/resources (incl. brochure), coordinating our relief assistance donations, recruitment of volunteers
Volunteers working with Nate - (Rebekah Heacock - rheacock@ku.edu, Clare Feeney -cfeeney1@nd.edu, Jackie Burgess - jacksonb@gwu.edu, BJ Strew - wstrew@nd.edu)

Andy - continuing development of website, esp. working blog (Andy, do you need any volunteers to help with your stuff?)

Jimmy - continuing development of website, esp. working blog, help with development of email accounts and other technical affairs

Alison - coordinating research on legislative affairs and actions for Uganda-CAN, work on fundraising (Alison, do you need any volunteers to help with that?)

Jamie, Michael, Stephen - on the ground in Uganda, collecting stories and video and information, building partnerships

Meg - highschool partnership outreach program (I hope) and news coordination/analysis

Johnny - coordinating fundraising efforts (waiting to hear back if you're ok with that, Johnny), executing our fundraising strategic plan
Volunteers currently working on fundraising: (Alison - ajones4@nd.edu, Nate Bauer - inetnate@gmail.com, Me - pquarant@nd.edu, Caitlin Rackish - crackish@gmail.com, Jana Miller – jmille17@nd.edu)

Caitin - working closely with Johnny on our fundraising efforts, coordinating organizing/networking state search project (Caitlin, we need to talk about this)

Katie - coordinating volunteers (waiting to hear if she's ok with that) and recruitment

Paul - press work coordination, esp. local editorial project with newspaper directory and drafted editorial (Paul - let me know if you need volunteer help)

James - benefit concert in East Africa for Uganda-CAN (working with Erin - eklarive@yahoo.com)

BJ - working with Nate on development of brochure and non-web resources, working with Paul and I on drafting editorials for Uganda-CAN

Alright, well we have a quite a team now, eh? Good to have you all onboard and thanks for the hard work you're putting into this. Post your thoughts, updates, ideas, etc.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Nate Update

Whut up U-CAN Team, Nate here. I just wanted to throw up a quick layout of what I will be accomplishing within the next few days.

1. searching out possible grant opportunities and revising the grant through some grant-writing contacts I have.
2. formulating materials that we can post on the website for distribution
3. mass emailing my school [grand valley] with information on the campaign
4. recruiting folks to jump on the UCAN bandwagon to volunteer and especially donate money
5. writing my own special interest story for local distribution
6. working on locating organizations within colleges/universities that we could possibly target as UCAN partners or at least sponsers.
7. formulating ideas for where our emergency relief money will go

Long hours ahead, but I'm confident that we are doing something amazing. we should really be proud of eachother, and i'll be the first to welcome you to a new chapter in the history of this horrific conflict. i really feel we can change things, and we're off to a great start.

Greetings from Michigan,

--Nate--

Discussions for the Week

Good morning y'all.

Before I give a quick briefing on the coming week, I wanted to point out a phenomenal, moving multimedia presentation online by the LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-060405uganda-fl,0,1201731.flash?coll=la-home-headlines - check it out.

So now armed with a website, press release, mission and more, we have to hit the ground and the press and the money.

Discussions we need to have this week include a.) critique of website (where do we want to it go and how do we want it to develop?), b.) FUNDRAISING (developing effective strategy and delegating tasks), c.) Recruiting more volunteers, d.) Developing organizing materials that can be downloaded off website for distribution, e.) Legislative Approach and f.) PRESS.

In regards to those discussions, I will have by the end of the day - a.) a draft strategic plan for fundraising, b.) a draft strategic plan for volunteer recruitment/tasks, c.) a draft strategic plan for media and d.) a draft strategic plan for legislation. I will get them out to all of you and ask that you a.) make revisions and b.) take ownership over things that we need to do in the road ahead.

Now with a website, we need to get our name out there - start getting publicity and building partnerships. We use that coverage as we work to raise funds. And as we gain funds, we develop our action plan and the resources needed to execute it.

So more to come as the day rises and falls.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Press Releases Out

First off, we have gone live with a functional website - www.ugandacan.org - thanks to Andy, Jimmy and others who worked so hard to get this off the ground. Now, please send out emails to people you know, directing them to the site.

Along with that, I have sent out press releases to all the major East African media sources. I sent the release out also to Uganda-related blogs, and we already have some coverage - see http://ugandawatch.blogspot.com/. It's a start, right?

I will write Monday morning with some thoughts and the major tasks in the near road ahead. Have a good Sunday!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

BIG Things and Chat Session Tomorrow at 3:00

Couple big things -

a.) We are hoping to go live with the website tomorrow afternoon, so be sure to check it out and also direct your friends, family, etc to it.

b.) We will release a press release to Uganda-CAN to all Ugandan and East African media sources on Saturday. I am also writing an editorial to submit to many of the same media sources. If any of you also want to write editorials, now would be a good time to coincide with the press story. Let me know.

c.) I have not heard from some of you in about a week, so I hope you're alive. We have a few big needs that I want to focus on next week - MONEY (fundraising), relief assistance (how much we're giving and where we're sending it), brochures and Partnerships with other organizations. I really need help with all of these, especially the MONEY and the brochures.

d.) Let's stick with the 3:00 chat session tomorrow (eastern time) on AIM. If you will be there, IM me at pjqpeace5 sometime around 3 and I will invite you to the chatroom. It will be short, but we need to discuss a few of the issues in C.

e.) If anyone cares, I have still been updating my own blog with news stories regarding the war and some brief analysis - www.peterquaranto.blogspot.com

That's all for now. Thanks to everyone who has been working so hard, especially Jimmy and Andy with the website.

Recent reports and briefings,Crisisgroup

hey partners in crime!
Check out these recent reports and briefings from the Crisisgroup at:
www.crisisgroup.org/home/index/cfm?id=2346&1=1

Lead stories

Understanding and solving the conflict in northern Uganda,
Shock therapy for northern Uganda"s peace process,
Trying times in Uganda,
Peace in northern Uganda:Decisive weeks ahead.

All the best guys.

Donors Must Urge Peace Negotiations

Check out the following link - http://www.alertnet.org/thefacts/reliefresources/111822552315.htm - because it basically makes the argument for why Uganda-CAN is important and could have a powerful impact on peace in northern Uganda.

No major updates from here. Press releases hit Ugandan and all East African papers on Saturday.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Fundraising Notes

I wanted to clarify something about fundraising - when we are approaching friends, family, coworkers, etc., use the funding request letter that we all drafted. However, when we approach organizations or foundations, we should use the new grant proposal with budget that Johnny and I threw together. I am going to send an email to everyone with both of these.

And according to our PayPal account, we have only had $100 in online donations. It is early, but we really need to make more of a push on fundraising to meet our goals.

Northern Uganda: The Forgotten Crisis

Good morning y'all.

According to a recent Reuters AlertNet poll of forgotten crises, northern Uganda is the second most forgotten crisis in the world - http://www.alertnet.org/thefacts/reliefresources/111038817665.htm. Further, northern Uganda topped the United Nations' 'Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About' - http://www.un.org/events/tenstories/. Finally, Medicins Sans Frontiers placed northern Uganda at the top of its list of Top 10 Underreported Stories of 2004. Check out these links.

Updates from Stephen

Hello all,hope everyone has been Kawa.
Just fresh from a national conflict policy steering group meeting and i did mention U-CAN.Many people have expressed support for this campaign.I expect to have more concrete support however.

Small arms survey may have some funding that fits U-CAN profile and James has accepted to recommend U-CAN for funding,at the moment i guess he is lobbying already...

Since it's my first blog,i want to thank all the team for the great work you are doing to change the lives in northern Uganda.I can asure you that this is a nobel cause.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

End of the Day Updates from Pietro

Hey all. Hope everyone is well. I have received so many emails from different people over the last few days telling me how impressed they are with the start of the campaign and the website. So good work!

But we still have a long road ahead of us.

Some good developments today - I talked with Africa representatives at Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and they both were really excited about the campaign. I also made a contact with a guy at the Comboni Missionaries, and he had me write a small piece on Uganda-CAN that he is going to feature in their newsletter that they send out at the end of the week. Finally, today I sent out a bunch of emails and calls to different African lobby and advocacy orgs in DC, along with a bunch of emails to prominent Ugandans asking for support and partnership. I'll keep you posted.

We also have recruited another batch of solid, committed volunteers - maybe 10-12 more to be exact.

One person whom I want to introduce for those who don't know her is Alison Jones, who is going to play a big role in the campaign in the coming months as our legislative consultant. Alison is a beautiful recent-ND grad from the school of political science. She is a C-SPANaholic hard-rocker who resides from the West Coast. She'll be weighing in on the blog in the coming days, and she has already done some great research on legislative stuff.

Finally, Johnny and I have basically finalized a grant proposal that can be adapted for different applications and opportunities. So now we need to look for those opportunities - everyone can help on this front because fundraising is so key to it all.

Tasks ahead for the rest of this week from my corner -

a.) Finalize a press release that we are going to send out to all Ugandan and East African news sources by Friday hopefully about the launch of the campaign.

b.) Work on fundraising by seeking foundations and grant opportunities - and then applying.

c.) Finish work on construction of website, so we can have it launched and functional by the end of the week.

d.) Seek statements of support from prominent US and Ugandan nationals for the campaign. Note: we already have such statements from Betty Bigombe (chief peace negotiator in northern Uganda), Hon. Norbert Mao (chairman of Great Lakes Parliamentary Forum for peace and security), Fr. Carlos Rodriguez (very famous Italian missionary in northern Uganda working for peace) and John Prendergast (special advisor to International Crisis Group on Africa).

Well, Tuesday's gone with the wind. More tomorrow.

Brochure

Hi all,

I have not been able to get ahold of good software to work on the brochure (I sent my computer in to be serviced and am typing this from the library) so if someone could step up on that I would really appreciate it! I have a sample one that I did for CK - if you wanna check it out for ideas just let me know and I will email it... Sorry for the setback!

Monday, June 06, 2005

Money Affairs and More.

Andy, I agree. First, if we do the summit it will be on a weekend, and it will probably require each of us to use our own money to be there. Uganda-CAN may be able to subsidize some people's travel, but we really need to limit use of our funds. Except for Andy and I (and Michael who, now in transit to Uganda, is very much in support), others have yet to weigh in. Please send in your thoughts on this whole thing everyone.

Second, I agree that we need to be clearer in how much money we are going to send to relief organizations to deal with the immediate suffering as a result of the war. I think it might be good to set a 50-50 policy - 50% of funding goes to relief efforts on the ground NOW and 50% goes to the campaign's work. I am just throwing that out there, so please send in thoughts.

Finally, this will require us to do a bit more research and make some decisions about who are partners are going to be on the ground in northern Uganda for relief work. Michael can do some research while there, but we need to have one, two or three people working on this - anyone want to volunteer? It would be especially good if people who have been there could take up this part. Paul? Nandita? Nate?

Well, more to come tomorrow. Andy, if you have time, can we get an update on the website?

Some Great Publicity...and more.

Great news - check out the Featured News at the following OurWorld website - http://ourworld.worldlearning.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage - or just go straight to the article titled "Help End the Hidden War in Northern Uganda" by clicking the following link - http://ourworld.worldlearning.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6451&news_iv_ctrl=1341

That is some good coverage and we should capitalize on it by highlighting it on our website and sending it out to people we know. When you send out the article/link, be sure to tell people that they can now use the DONATE section of the website to donate online securely.

With the website functional by Wednesday, we should start getting out press releases, especially to Ugandan and East African media. When we hit the news, we have to hit it hard.

In other news, we have to decide between the following two mission statements. Send in your vote...

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN), a project of the 501(c)(3) Africa Faith and Justice Network, is a grassroots campaign of citizens working together, in solidarity with the hopes and visions of millions of Ugandans, to advocate, lobby and act for an end to the unnecessary human suffering of the 19-year old war in northern Uganda as part of a greater movement for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

or

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN), a project of the 501(c)(3) Africa Faith and Justice Network, is a grassroots campaign of citizens working together to advocate, lobby and act for an end to the unnecessary human suffering of the 19-year old war in northern Uganda as part of a greater movement for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. In solidarity with the hopes and visions of millions of Ugandans, Uganda-CAN works for a more responsible global citizenship that hears and answers to the suffering of the most poor and vulnerable of our world.

and to go with our finalized mission statement, I am going to post here a brief "About Uganda-CAN" and our "Objectives - feel free to send critique, revisions, thoughts -

About Uganda Conflict Action Network

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN) was founded in May 2005 after five undergraduate students studying in Uganda were compelled to action after experiencing the horrors of war in northern Uganda. These students were moved by the unnecessary suffering of the hidden war that has pushed more than 1.6 million people into internally-displaced people’s camps and led to the brutal abduction of more than 25,000 children by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Shocked at the neglect and ignorance of the Ugandan government and world community, these students saw an opportunity to use their power to advocate and lobby for action from the international community, especially the United States, to end this vicious 19-year old war.

Uganda-CAN was formed out of that experience as a way for these students and others to act in solidarity with the people of northern Uganda who have suffered so immensely for so long. Uganda-CAN was founded as a project for Ugandans and non-Ugandans to work together for a comprehensive resolution to the war and its consequent suffering. Acknowledging the power of the United States government in Uganda and its role in fueling the conflict, the founders of Uganda-CAN recognized a tremendous opportunity for American citizens to use their democratic voice to demand that their government use its clout to actively support efforts to end the war.

Uganda-CAN exists as a project of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), a Washington-based 501(c)(3) advocacy network that addresses U.S. policy towards Africa. AFJN launched Uganda-CAN as an opportunity to both support peace efforts in Uganda and contribute to the greater movement for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. AFJN established Uganda-CAN as a vehicle to push for a more responsible global citizenship that hears and answers to the suffering of the most poor and vulnerable of our world.

Objectives

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN) seeks to:

· Raise awareness about the war in northern Uganda, particularly highlighting the realities on the ground and the voices of Ugandans caught in the midst of war.
· Take creative and targeted action to lobby policymakers in the United States to push for a comprehensive peaceful resolution to the war in northern Uganda and an end to its consequent suffering.
· Work in partnership with operating humanitarian organizations to provide relief and other forms of assistance to alleviate the unnecessary human suffering in northern Uganda.
· Build an effective broad-based grassroots network of concerned, outraged citizens committed to monitoring and using their power to work for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa and beyond.

Kicking-off the Week

Good morning and cheery Monday y'all.

First, an article that should definitely get posted on our blog and read by all of you from Uganda's Monitor newspaper - http://allafrica.com/stories/200505260254.html - "We Should Listen to Egeland on Northern Uganda."

Second, I wanted to quickly run through the tasks that need to be accomplished this week and those that are works-in-progress. I will put the names next to the task of people I think are working on this stuff.

Grant Proposal Template (Johnny, Pete) by Wednesday at 5
Functional Website (Andy, Jimmy, Johnny, BJ) by Wednesday at 5
Research on northern Uganda legislation (Alison)
Links organized and outlined (Alison)
State Orgs/Groups Searches (various organizers)
Finalize Mission Statement and About UgandaCAN write-up
Fundraising (need to kick this into high gear by end of the week)
Recent News Analysis (Meg Towle, Pete, Paul)
Contacts with Active Orgs in US on northern Uganda (Pete)
Contacts in Uganda (Michael [aka Peeder])

That's all I got at the moment. Let's shoot for a chat session on Thursday if that is ok - say at 3:00 to review the website and discuss the following two weeks or so. Thanks everyone for the work you do and are doing.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

The Summit

Michael and I were talking yesterday, and we think it is highly important to hold a summit or sorts sometime this summer that we could use as a planning session for action in the fall, a chance for everyone to meet each other and an opportunity to ask all the difficult practical and theoretical questions about where UgandaCAN is headed.

So, we are proposing a 2-3 day summit in Washington, D.C. This could either be the weekend of July 23-24 or July 30-31. What do you guys think? Could you make it?

AFJN would find us a place to stay (probably crowding into Michael's apartment) and for those of you that would need financial assistance, UgandaCAN could help (hoping that we have done some serious fundraising by that point).

Thoughts?

Great Photos - check them out!

First things first - we got permission from Miss Goeril Trondenson Booth to use her photos of northern Uganda - see http://www.photomedia.no/gtb/n-uganda.html - the only thing is to remember credit and copyright, no manipulations of the picturesincluding colour and cutting. These will be great for the website and brochure.

Second, I really like Paul's idea because it is very empowering and we could highlight that our photos were taken by people in the camp who want our audience to see this.

And finally, my IDEA - as Michael rightly points out, we are only targeting socially-conscious college students and young people with our work thusfar. We need to break out of that to reach older people, little children and especially, families. So my rough idea is to create some sort of linkage where a family in the US would be connected to a family in northern Uganda. I am not sure the nature of this linkage, but it would really personalise the realities and allow people to feel connected to the realities. Christmas drives where a wealthier family buys gifts for a poorer family are always very popular - so why can't we use the same model (sensitive of course to dependency theory) with UgandaCAN.

One more thing - in terms of language, I would like us to start talking about people becoming part of Uganda-CAN or part of the Uganda-CAN family as opposed to helping or working or giving money to Uganda-CAN. I think that sort of language builds relationships, makes people feel better about their involvement and creates something more sustainable.

More come on this sunny Saturday.

Friday, June 03, 2005

michael's updates for the day

A couple updates from me:

-Paul, great idea on the disposables, I'll bring some.
-Johnny, most churches/parishes also have social justice committees of some kind. That would be one avenue to use. Also, I don't know if its possible, but using chapters of Amnesty International would be awesome-- getting contact info could prove difficult, I'm guessing Amnesty holds those tightly.
-Reid Rector, a recent ND grad who will be living with me in DC and working on Uganda-CAN a couple days a week, worked for ND's development office. When we start getting serious about fundraising, we should talk with him about protocols and fundraising standards (rrector@nd.edu, 410-624-8561).

AND, most importantly:

Two things I think we need to focus on for the next month while we develop our materials:

ONE: What is our image, our frame? Right now, the way we're headed, we'll appeal to college kids and recent grads who are already politically empowered and aware. How can we establish a greater connection to Darfur, and thus utilize those communities? How can we make this marketable to my parents? What broader values are we espousing that appeal to people? Who are our target audiences? What language are we using, and who finds it accessible? Why should anyone care?

TWO: Who else is out there working on this, and what potential exists for collaboration? Reinventing the wheel is a waste of time. Today I emailed Peter a list of contacts of organizations to discuss this with and see if they have materials or campaigns and if we can use their members.

Idea! Attn: Michael

Hey guys,

Today as I sat substituting, I was reading an article in Smithsonian magazine about a photographer shooting in an Calcuttan red-light district. She had an idea to give brothel kids cameras and let them take pictures. It seems to have worked out well; the pictures are candid and capture scenes that a Western photographer never could have. Why not transplant the idea to northern Uganda? Would it be possible for Michael to take some disposable cameras with him, give them to camp members, and let them shoot? I like this idea for several reasons
a) its potentially empowering. People could take pictures, knowing they'd be used in a campaign designed to help them
b)It would capture scenes that we would not be able get because of our outsider identity and because of the fact we change the dynamics of a scene so much when we enter it.
c)It would raise their voices to the forefront of our campaign because they would be selecting what should be shot (although we would probably have to choose which pictures we posted, unless we developed them, went back to those that took them, and had them choose)
d)we could probably pay them, thus directly contributing to their welfare, which would perhaps allow them the dignity of recieving money for work, instead of handouts.

ciao,
paul

DONATE PAGE UP!

The site is still under HEAVY construction, but we have one important page up and fully operational:

http://www.ugandacan.org/u-can/donate.html

Give us your money!!!!!!!

Cheers,
Andy

NO CHAT TODAY.

I am canceling today's 3:00 chat session because there is nothing pressing that we need to talk about as a group, a few people cannot make it and it's better to use that time to work on our different tasks.

We'll chat together next week.

If you need to talk about anything, you can call my cell - 508-523-9914. i'll be around, except for from 1-230 today.

One-page Brief on Conflict

I just wrote up a one-page brief on the war, which I think will be useful to give people a quick sense of the story there. Paul and others, if you have revisions, please pass them along or make them. In good news, we have definitely raised another $120. But in real good news, a whole lot of people have told me they will donate as soon as we have the online capacity. And the website is looking great...

The 19-year old war in northern Uganda is a complex conflict that has been misunderstood by various actors, leading to inadequate and ineffective policy prescriptions. The war is essentially two conflicts in one: first the fighting of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which is waging war against the Ugandan government and terror against Acholi civilian population in the north, and second, the real grievances of Ugandans in the north against the existing government.[1]

The war arose out of a repressive, divisive political climate, which was embedded by British ‘divide and rule’ colonialism and then perpetuated by post-colonial Ugandan politics. This climate created a politicized North-South divide in Uganda, which, mixed with the normalization of political rebellion, created a swamp for insurgency. When the current president, Youweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement took power in 1986, they alienated the northern peoples, creating perceptual and actual incentives for rebellion.

Since 1986, the insurgency within northern Uganda has undergone four stages, beginning with a more popular rebellion of former army officials and evolving into to the current pseudo-spiritual warlordism of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). To date, the LRA consists predominantly of abducted children brainwashed, brutalized and forced to kill viciously as child soldiers. Alienated from the Acholi, the LRA wages terror on the civilian population as a means to maintain attention and challenge the government.

After attempted peace talks facilitated by Betty Bigombe collapsed in 1994, the conflict was morphed into a proxy war that cannot be understood separate from the geopolitics of the Great Lakes Region. In 1994, the Sudanese government began to provide military assistance and support the LRA, while the Ugandan government provided military assistance to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), an insurgency in southern Sudan. The West, particularly the United States, saw this as the battlefront of the war against the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in sub-Saharan Africa and pumped significant amounts of aid to the SPLA through Uganda. New elements of a war economy and arms trafficking made peace more elusive.

Following September 11, 2001, the United States found a significant ally in the Museveni NRM regime in Uganda. The U.S. quickly declared the LRA a terrorist group and increased military aid to the Ugandan government. This relationship only further solidified the insistence of Museveni on a military approach to end the war. Unfortunately, the “military solution” has exacerbated northern grievances and proven ineffective over the years. According to almost all analysts of the conflict, serious facilitated negotiations with trust-building mechanisms are the key to peace. However, the obstinacy and inconsistency of Museveni, coupled with the incoherency of the LRA, has made such talks difficult.

The consequences of the war cannot be overstated. At the end of 2003, Jan Egeland, the United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the BBC: “I cannot find any other part of the world that is having an emergency on the scale of Uganda that is getting so little international attention.” On the ground in northern Uganda, the scene is shocking. Tens of thousands of civilians have been maimed or killed by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). More than 25,000 children aged seven to seventeen have been abducted from towns and camps. Ninety percent of the region’s population of almost two million people has been relocated into internally displaced people’s camps that lack food and security. People in the camps are enduring disease, malnutrition, and nighttime attacks from the LRA. An old man living in one such camp told us, “Since 1985, we have just had restless nights...In some ways, we are already dead. We yearn for peace, but we have no hope anymore.”

[1] “Behind the Violence: Causes, Consequences and the Search for Solutions to the war in Northern Uganda.” Refugee Law Project Working Paper 11, February 2004. (4)

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The news today

Updates and musings.....

Hey guys,

A few things:
1. I have work tomorrow, so I probably won't make the chat. I'll try though.
2. I think radio is medium we should look more into as far as getting access to media….I'm thinking college radio stations especially
3. Peter, I found a link to a testimony of a Human Rights Watch member to a US House sub-committee in 1999 about the LRA and Sudan's support of it. http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/sudan98/testim/house-07.htm\
4. I gave a powerpoint presentation today to my sisters' high school Global Issues class about the causes/effects of the war, the US's role, and what we can do. The teacher; a young, creative, motivated lady and a good friend of mine, asked me afterwards what she could do to help. She's serious. Any initial ideas? I told her I'd get back to her next week or so, and will try to think of some stuff myself until then. She might be a good person to help with organizing NY groups into the campaign, and perhaps with organizing conferences at local universities.
5. Pete, I'm a bit confused about the language thing you mentioned (maybe I'm just tired). Were you suggesting using "northern Uganda" to refer to the region and "Ugandans from the north" to refer to people from that region? That seems inconsistent. Also, I think we should stick with "northern (NO capital, perhaps that's what you were saying) Uganda/ns" both because its more readable and it seems to be the most commonly used term. We definitely need to be careful of how language shapes perceptions and sterotypes though. Do you recall what people from the region actually referred to themselves as? I don't…..
5. About fundraising…. are donations tax-deductible? And if so, how do I ensure people of this and if they don't know how to go put it on tax forms or whatever, what do I tell them to do?

-Is it summer? Or am at school already? Oh, late nights with UgandaCAN!

Refugee Mistake and Ethnic Blunders.

Hey guys,

I wanted to clarify two things or at least open them for discussion -

a.) There really aren't any significant numbers of "Refugees" as a result of the war in northern Uganda. There are 1.6 million internally-displaced peoples (IDPs).

b.) I think we should write northern Uganda and Ugandans in/from the north both for consistency and also because of the power of language. When we say Northern Uganda, we are separating Northern Uganda and making its own entity when the problem of referring to the war as a "Northern Conflict" or "Northern Question" has been an act of discrimination and regional sectarianism in the Ugandan Parliament dating back the early 1990s. In other words, this is a Ugandan crisis or war, even if the government refuses to frame it as such. Also, I think we have to say Ugandans from/in the north because the concept of Northern Ugandans make them a separate group and gives this conflict an ethnic element that is not extremely prominent (at least in my opinion). I am just opening this for debate, though, so feel free to weigh in if you disagree.

Couple other thoughts at the moment - we need to work harder at framing this conflict in the wider Great Lakes Region (with Sudan and DRC) and also to project what we are about in terms of an alternative vision (i.e. that we are for transnational advocacy that ensures a better world of human rights, peace and dignity.)

That's probably all from me for the night. More to come tomorrow. Good night y'all.

Web site update

Just so everyone knows, the Web site will be officially up-and-running (rather than "experimental", which is what it is now) on or around June 7.

BJ is doing some design edits which should be done within 48 hours, and then Jimbo and I will need about 72 hours to do back end stuff, clean up CSS, put everything into php, fully integrate and tweak the blog, etc. (That's an optimistic timeline, but we promise to work hard).

When that is done, I will give everyone more info on exactly how they can interact / add content to the blog and site.

Then Jimbo, Me, Johnny and Scott will have a field day with the internet marketing side - so we're prolly looking at June 9 for the press release to hit the wires, if that's OK. Let me know.

Cheers,
Andy

Good Morning, boys and girls.

Good morning bassebo ne bannyabo.

No major news at the moment, but I wanted to give you all a few links to add to your favorites because they have some good Uganda-related stuff -
http://www.ugandaobserver.com/today/
http://www.alertnet.org/
http://www.monitor.co.ug/
http://ugandawatch.blogspot.com/
http://fdcuganda.blogspot.com/

Make sure you start distributing the funding letter. That is key at the moment.

Also check out our dynamic website that is growing at ugandacan.org.

Siiba bulungi. or Have a good day.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Northern Disaster Worse than Tsunami?

Exactly, Johnny, but think even bigger. Peace and justice groups, but even more - church groups, student activist or service groups, business networks - anything we can utilize or connect with to spread our mission.

I wanted to also send you guys a link to the following article in today's Monitor (Ugandan newspaper), titled "Northern Disaster Worse than Tsunami, Says WFP" - http://allafrica.com/stories/200506011080.html

Also I am going to edit the strategic plan a bit, but I won't send out the final copy unless anyone wants a copy. Any changes to the one I gave you are very minor.

Action Groups Network

Just want to make sure I have the right idea on this before I put too much time in - we are looking for social action and peace groups in each state, correct? So orgs like 'Michigan Citizens for Peace' and 'Michigan Coalition for Human Rights' are what we want to assemble?

Rough Rough Draft Budget for Review

Hey - look this very rough draft budget over and give thoughts on revisions, subtractions, additions and all the works. Think big, though.

Uganda-CAN Draft Budget

Administrative expenses

Travel expenses - $15,000
Air and road travel throughout country to schools, churches, etc.
For over fifteen people to make presentations and hold events

Office expenses - $1,000

Staff expenses? (One staff? One Ugandan staff?) – $6000 for both
Program-related expenses

Web-design and development – Total $1,500
Web space - $100 annually
Web design and initial construction - $500
Web programming and upkeep - $500
Scanning photos and reports - $100
Miscellaneous costs - $300

Media and Related Action – Total $18,500
Video Development - $2000
Brochures (2 for $1) - $5000
Publishing Uganda-CAN Reports - $1000
Editorials and Advertisements in Newspapers - $10000
Buying and Distributing Copies of Invisible Children Documentary - $500

Press Conferences - $3000

Lobby Days - $3000

Wikipedia is Good.

I just looked at this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord's_Resistance_Army#Overview - and it is a very good overview of the war. Paul, it also has a whole bunch of links to reports and websites, which should be part of our list.

Proto-Minutes of 5/31 meeting

Proto-minutes of 1st UgandaCAN Online Meeting 5/31/05
Attendees:
(Sorry if I don't know names!)
Peter Quaranto
Paul Ronan (Recorder….p.s. I’m new at this guys)
Michael Poffenburge
John
Andy
Jimbo

Chronological order of topics discussed:
A. General agreement on the quality of UgandaCAN’s (UC’s) Strategic Plan (SP)
B. Discussion of Website section of SP
1. Discussion of programming and back-end
2. Decision to integrate blog into website first
3. Blog Discussion
a. Decision to keep blogs short unless commissioned otherwise (150-300) words
b. Blog entries- UC member narratives, news stories, UC news, narratives from Ugandans
c. Decision that we should all canvass for news stories for blog, and that
they should include analysis Unclear: Who will analyze
d. Decision that Andy, Johnny, Jimbo, and Scott will market UC website
e. Decision that Peter and Paul will develop list of links to online reports and news sources; Paul will search for online northern Uganda (NU) news stories
f. Decision to create email addresses based on UC

C. Michael's trip to NU and what he should do
1. Talk with organizations and people to establish connections to UC; get contacts from Peter and Paul
2. Photo-journal…….

D. Discussion of official partner status of other organizations with UC
1. Benefits partnership offers other orgs
a. publicity, giving them a voice and footing in the US
b. tap in our network of volunteers
c. Unclear: whether partners will have voting power or influence on UC Decisions, and what kind of checks UC will have on their influence

E. UC Brochure
1. Brochure should be completed by end of June
2. Pictures from Peter, Michael, and websites
3. Johnny will work on brochure design and printing
4. 1000 single-color brochures cost 250$ Unclear: whether UC wants multi-color and its cost

F. Organizing
1. Decision that we need to provide resources for other groups
a. Organizing packets- background, why peace is possible, Americans' influence and potential for action Unclear: what else
2. Decision we need to compile master lists by state of orgs who UC can network with
a. Paul-NY, Peter-MA, Andy-OH, Johnny-MI
3. Potential actions
a. protests, virtual marches (call-ins) and way to sign up for it on website, etc.
4. Decision that UC needs defined positions (see Peter's blog)
5. Decision that UC needs women
6. Discussion of trying to get "Amy" involved

G. UC Logo
1. Should include UC name, maybe child-soldier image, concept of solidarity
2. Paul's sister and Amy might work on it

H. Fundraising
1. Decision that Johnny's shortened version of UC fundraising letter is good idea, possibly keep longer one for appropriate audiences
2. Paul will contact friend at Calvert Foundation about getting UC listed
3. Decision to finalize funding letter by Wednesday 6/1
4. Statement of goal of raising 20,000 for UC by 1 July
5. Johnny and Peter decide to work on grant template
Budget and Salaries
1. Peter and Michael will work on rough budget
a. do not include salaries
b. should be 75% program-related
2. Relationship with AFJN …
a. Unclear: (at least to Paul) whether salaries will have to go through AFJN, whether UC should incorporate, and whether UC incorporation would change
3. Unclear: How many salaried positions (3 was suggested)

Decision
to chatroom meet at 3pm eastern time Friday, June 3

Specific Tasks for UC members
-see Peter's blog

Check this Out - Northern Uganda Legislation

I just stumbled upon this bill that was passed last year, which basically says the U.S. is committed to aiding the situation in northern Uganda. This is great news in some ways because it means we have something to build upon, but also difficult news given that even with this legislation, the U.S. is basically doing nothing.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:SN02264:@@@L&summ2=m&

Also, look at this - http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:cRgPGmS9lq4J:www.usaid.or.ug/SO9%2520annexes/NUPIBrief-2004-11-19.pdf+Northern+Uganda+Peace+Initiative&hl=en - this is the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative, a project of USAID. I met with these guys in Uganda and they seemed to be pretty weak, but again they give us some foundation that we have to build upon and utilize.

Good morning, boys.

Good morning. Couple things, guys -

1.) Stephen Okello is Assistant Program Director at Center for Conflict Resolution, not director. my bad. just please make that change in the articles I sent you.

2.) The website is up (I think), so Andy, let's roll with it. I will have you two of my own blog pieces by this afternoon, which hopefully we can get up there asap.

3.) The funding letter is tabled until 5 today, so any last thoughts on Johnny's version - send them out to the group.

More to come over the course of the day.