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Pledge2Protect 2011…It’s Here!



We have been waiting many months for this to come…Pledge2Protect 2011 is finally here. STAND is about to experience an intense boot camp weekend filled with intensive trainings, powerful speakers and activist networking. Participants will learn about intervention in Libya, continuing work in Darfur and how to successful lead any of their endeavors from gaining earned media to lobby their elected officials.

If you were unable to attend Pledge2Protect this year, don’t worry! We will be incorporating many different opportunities throughout the weekend for your involvement. Make sure you watch our STAND Facebook and Twitter Account for you to submit questions to our panelists and speakers. Use the hashtag #P2P2011 for all your questions, comments and participation. Photos and videos will also be submitted throughout the weekend. Check out the agenda below and read the Pledge2Protect Training Packet 


Saturday, April 16th

  • 9:00 am – 9:45 am: Registration outside the Ballroom
  • 9:45 am – 10:10 am: Opening by Mark Hanis
  • 10:10 am – 11:00 am: Panel: The need for rapid response from Darfur to Libya: This panel will explore the role of activists in the reversal of the U.S. government’s position on intervening to protect civilians in Libya and the progress the international community has made in enforcing its Responsibility to Protect. Discussion will also explore the lessons learned by the movement and how we can better prepare our own response to emerging crises and urgent developments in ongoing conflicts we continue to monitor.
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am: Activist, motivational speaker and spoken-word artist, Omekongo Dibinga, kicks off the weekend
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm: The Choice: How do we as movement leaders and organizers encourage others to be upstanders dedicated to building a world without genocide? This training teaches you how to invite new members into the fold by asking others to make ‘The Choice’ to no longer be a bystander. This session will introduce participants to the 4 principles of organizing we will explore throughout the weekend: Story, Structure, Strategy, and Action.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch on your own
  • 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: The Power of Personal Narrative: How do you tell your own story of who you are and why you are a member of this movement? How do you interweave your own story with that of others into a movement wide narrative? This training explores the Story of Self, Us, and Now.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Campaign Structure – Relationship Building
  • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Campaign Structure – Team Building
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Closing by John Prendergast

Sunday, April 17th

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Bec Hamilton and a reflection on the movement
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Introduction to Strategy and Theory of Change
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Campaign Strategy: Organizing Tactics: This workshop will cover the differences between strategy and tactics, how an organizer should choose their tactics to effectively reach their goal while also helping to develop individuals in their community and further support the movement at large.  Participants will work in small teams to practice and create their own action plans based on upcoming policy priorities around Sudan, Genocide Prevention, and Libya.
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch provided in the Ballroom
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Campaign Strategy and Strategic Planning: We will explore the strategic planning process, timeline, and tactics and start to create our own individual and group plans for moving the movement toward a world without genocide.

    Monday, April 18th

  • Optional Lobby Day: We will still be holding a lobby day for those who can stay over until Monday to meet with their Senators’ offices. 

Attendee Information

Pledge2Protect Bootcamp
Saturday, April 16th-Sunday, April 17th
Optional Lobby Day: Monday, April 18th


Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University Ballroom
800 Florida Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002-3600
202-651-6000 (General Information)
Nearest metro: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U on the Red Line

Getting There 

·         The nearest metro stop is New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U on the Red Line. Visit for the Metro Trip Planner or the Metro Rail Map and to calculate fare costs. 

·         Walking directions from New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Station to Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

Registration & Agenda
We will begin promptly at 9:45 am on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday. Registration will be open on Saturday from 9:00 – 9:45 am. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early on Saturday morning to complete your registration. The agenda for this weekend is attached — please take a look and familiarize yourself with our start, end, and break times. We will end at 6:30 on Saturday and 4:00 pm on Sunday. Since this is a change from the original Sunday end time of 2:00 pm, if you need to leave early on Sunday, you will be able to do so. Due to the change in format, there will not be workshop sign-ups or workshop breakouts. Instead, attendees will participate in small group-based training sessions in addition to the large group trainings. 



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