Sunday, February 13, 2011

Who is Going to Bread's National Gathering in June?

Activists from Minnesota, Alabama, New Mexico in 2007
How many New Mexicans can we get to Bread for the World's 2011 National Gathering on June 11-14 in Washington, D.C.?  The theme of the gathering is Changing the Politics of Hunger.  I know it's several months down the road, but IT'S NOT TOO EARLY to at least start thinking about it.

In addition to great workshops, inspiring worship, informative plenary sessions, visits to Capitol Hill, and informal networking ( activities), we will also participate in an International Meeting on Child Malnutrition on Monday. Grassroots leaders from developing countries and international development experts aims to build political support and momentum for global efforts to end malnutrition among mothers and children. This meeting is hosted and organized by Bread for the World Institute and Ireland’s Concern Worldwide.   

Here is the Tentative schedule (.pdf file) for the four days.  

(It would be great to have at least one person from each of our three congressional districts at Lobby Day on Tuesday!) 

How to Register

Participants in the National Gathering are invited to register early to take advantage of discounted registration fees and rooms at American University.

If you register on or before midnight April 30, 2011, the early bird fee is $225 for individuals and $450 for a family of four.  Register Now 

And if you're still thinking about it, here are some photos from past gatherings, plus some great descriptions from Bread about the general themes for this year.
Interfaith Convocation 2007
Worship. Powerful preaching, praise, and prayer will be offered throughout the National Gathering.

Learn. On June 11-12, participate in workshops and plenary sessions on such topics as how people of faith can influence legislation and assess the progress on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1: ending poverty and hunger. 

On June 13, interact with international development experts, nongovernmental organization leaders, and policy makers as we focus on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5: child and maternal malnutrition.
Washington State delegation 2009
 Network. Engage with fellow attendees from all over the country and abroad.
Debbie Ruiz, Rep. Martin Heinrich, Alicia Sedillo, Robin Stephenson
Act. On June 14, meet senators, representatives, and their staff as you advocate for U.S. foreign assistance that more effectively reduces poverty.

Colorado state delegation 2009

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