Friday, September 17, 2004

Americans for Informed Democracy

I just added this link to my website after seeing this group have a discussion on C-SPAN. Currently they have an inniative called Hope Not Hate to discuss ways to foster a better relationship between the United States and the Islamic world.
From the website:

Hope not Hate is an initiative by Americans for Informed Democracy to facilitate dialogue on how the U.S. and the Islamic world can work together to stem growing mutual hatred.

Hope not Hate will take place from September 8 through October 11 and will feature broad, inclusive conversations between citizens and a bi-partisan coalition of Congresspersons, Ambassadors, journalists, military officials, and scholars. The series will finish on October 12 with "Face-to-Face" videoconference dialogues between young leaders at universities in the U.S. and in the Muslim world.

If you go to the website, click "read more" and you will find a series of town hall meetings going on around the country currently.

Watching the different speakers on C-SPAN I found them to be willing to look at the relationship between the U.S. and Islamic nations in an open, tell the truth fashion. They talked about the good, the bad, and the various moods in between. Much of what they spoke is rarely heard by Americans. Our current Administration has given a public discourse of a black and white viewpoint with very little of the gray area. It is that complicated gray area we need more exposure to and is why I've added this link to my website.


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