|From:||Victoria Sobel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Friday, November 11, 2011 5:12:47 PM|
|Subject:||Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: [OWS PR] [INFO] the Egyptian proposal went through the GA|
Thank you for this Peter. I want to echo his sentiments as well.
I've shot in conflict zones in Africa and can speak to some of the risks, particularly pertaining to women traveling alone with gear or in small groups in potentially volatile areas. Happy to share should anyone be interested.
Connected by a corporate tax dodger - aka Verizon Wireless. We pay-shouldn't they?
From: Michael Premo <email@example.com>
To: PR working group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 21:11:08 GMT+00:00
Subject: Re: [OWS PR] [INFO] the Egyptian proposal went through the GAThanks peter I just want to echo everything on your list!
Even though we will be protected incredibly by our hosts and everything will be fine I can't emphasize enough that anyone interested in going highly assess their own street smarts/survival instincts, map reading, ability to be on your own if worse comes to worse.
I've been in some conflict zones and slums that have felt like conflict zones and I'd be happy to share with anyone interested.
From: "Peter Harris" <email@example.com>Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:38:42 -0500ReplyTo: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: RE: [OWS PR] [INFO] the Egyptian proposal went through the GA
I think this is a beautiful beautiful idea and I’m ALL “twinkly fingers” however the statement of “willingness to accept risk” is an understatement! This is something that should NOT be taken lightly.
For those that are accepted for this task there should be, in my opinion, some prior experience or knowledge of conflict/post-conflict environments.
Having been around the world and back I’ve seen firsthand how volatile these environments can be. Locals can be extremely hospitable or provoked quite easily.
“We” are sending “ambassadors” into a situation where if the elections do not go well could be the spark of another onset of violent reaction, not just from the police.
Will they know what to do?
How to get out as a group or even individually?
Have they ever even been out of the States before? (currently hold a passport)
Do they realize just how unhelpful US Embassies can be?
Do they speak multiple languages?
Do they know how not to dress like a tourist?
Do they have vaccinations up to date? (shouldn’t be an issue just details that should be considered)
Are prepared (physically & mentally) to be sent home on arrival or put in an Egyptian prison? (worst case scenario of course)
I have a million other questions that could be asked just to address their safety.
I’m not trying to rain on this parade at all! Just some food for thought, I know we have a lot of very intelligent people working on this and personally see this as an amazing act of solidarity.
If I can share my knowledge/experiences please let me know.
All the best
Proposal to the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly November 10th, 7pm
Respond to a request sent by Egyptian civil society groups to send a delegation of OWS Ambassadors to serve as International Observers in the November 28th Parliamentary elections. The group would need to leave on November 25th and return on the 30th. This action would be coupled with a general request to be sent out to the greater OWS networks calling for self-funded observers thereby increasing the number of overall observers.
- These actions will serve as a powerful symbol of solidarity in support of the civil society groups who contributed to the January 25th Revolution.
- It will also mark the beginning of a global movement and work to build trust and reconciliation in a post-September 11th environment.
- OWS’s participation will also work to protect and support the civilian monitoring efforts of Egyptian activists on the ground and constitutes a concrete stand against the use of American weapons against peaceful demonstrators.
OWS Action to Date:
- Through consultation with our Egyptian counterparts it was determined that the OWS delegation should be comprised of 2-4 ambassadors from six relevant committees under the sponsorship of the Movement Building Committee. These committees were selected due to their relevance and general skill sets. These committees include:
§ Movement Building
§ Mediation / Non-violent Communication
§ Direct Action
§ Area specialists
Desired candidates would ideally have the following attributes:
§ Knowledge of the Middle East or Arabic skills
§ Cultural sensitivity and commitment to the task at hand minus individual political agendas
§ Experience dealing with global media
§ Willingness to accept risk
§ Skill-sharing potential across relevant committees
§ Gender and racial diversity
Plan of Action:
- Each committee mentioned will nominate two to three representatives and a backup to represent their committee in Egypt. This totals 16-24 representatives depending on the funding allocated by the general assembly and the price fluctuations on airfare.
- OWS will send out a general request to its networks asking people to participate in observing the elections at their own personal expense (around $1500)
20 airplane tickets at $1,200 = $22,000
Accommodation per day ($20) for 5 nights for 20 people= $2000
Food and Transportation $50 per day for 20 people = $5000
Total Requested: $29,000
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