Budrus: Create Discussion & Take Action for Peace

119 Helping people better understand the current realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to our work together of seeing U.S. policies that actively promote a just, lasting, and comprehensive resolution of the conflict, ensuring security, human rights and religious freedom for all the people of the region. Helping Americans pay attention to nonviolence in Palestine and Israel is imperative (Click on the TED graphic, on the right, to learn more.)

To help local groups reach new people involved in peacemaking Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) has partnered with Just Vision (www.justvision.org) to promote and support local showings of the award-winning documentary film Budrus (www.justvision.org/budrus). As the centerpiece of your local event, Budrus can help educate, motivate and engage members of your church or religious community.

Budrus tells the story of a Palestinian community organizer who unites Palestinians of all factions together with Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. In capturing this story of the inspiring, yet little-known village of Budrus, Just Vision aims to generate awareness and support for Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and the conflict nonviolently. For more information about the film or to order the film visit www.justvision.org/budrus.

Additional Budrus-related materials are:91

As an organizer, or potential organizer, if you would like to talk or brainstorm with the CMEP’s field director about hosting a screening, please call 202-543-1222 and ask for Doris Warrell, or email doris(at)cmep.org.

Give People an Opportunity to Take Action for Peace
As Christians, acting and praying for peace is an important part of our calling. Before and after the screening give people an opportunity to join CMEP’s current action. Download and print copies of the current action to make available to people who come to the screening. CMEP has also created an email sign-up sheet for you to make available at your event so that people may receive emails about future actions they can take to promote peace.

Making an Event Happen

There are infinite numbers of ways to make your event a good event. A place to start is to ask yourself, “When the event is over how will I know it was a worthwhile project?”

  • Do you want to 50, 100, or more people to attend?
  • Do you want to have people who are new to the work of Holy Land peacemaking?
  • Do you want an outcome of having a core group of people motivated for on-going future action?

Think of these outcomes as you plan your event and work to have an event that is likely to meet your own goals.
What kind of event components will help you meet your goals? What would work best for your community? Here are some possibilities.

  • Screen the film followed by group discussion. CMEP’s free Discussion Guide Supplement has specific questions regarding faith, religion and the role Christians.
  • A light reception of sandwich cookies and coffee or hummus and mint tea followed by a screening, or screening then reception.
  • Screen the film and then have a guest speaker followed by questions and answers. For a speaker's fee, and depending on timing and location, speakers from the Just Vision (www.justvision.org) team are available in person or via Skype. Alternatively, see if there are local speakers other people would find interesting.
  • End your event with thanks to all and a closing prayer for peace
  • If you found another possibility that worked for you please share that with CMEP so we can share it with other people.

Consider how you need to advertise and promote the event.

  • Start at least two months in advance. People need to hear about the event many times.
  • Newsletters, bulletin and vocal announcements, and asking people to do something at the event are tried and true ways to get people to the event. Also think about websites, Facebook, listservs (the congregations’ and others’), and other groups who may be interested (several churches could plan an event together). Working together will help share responsibilities and increase the potential size of the audience.
  • Just Vision will provide you with publicity materials such as postcards and posters and will list your screenings on their events page (www.justvision.org/events).
  • When you have all the details ready remember to send an announcement to CMEP so we can share it with other CMEP supporters in your local area.

How your work can have impact beyond the event itself.

  • Give people the opportunity to subscribe to CMEP’s action alerts and other resources so they may be informed about ways they can contact their federal representatives to work for peace with justice in the Holy Land.
  • Identify people who worked to make the event happen in any way. These folks are engaged so keep them engaged in a variety of actions that promote peace.
  • If you or another group you support plan another activity concerning Middle East peace, promote it at your screening.
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