The Spring has been very busy for the List Project! We have been working hard to raise awareness of and funds for our work. Our volunteers nationwide have been active, hosting house parties and taking part in local events to raise money for our Iraqi allies. We recently had our first event in L.A.--pairing with a partnering organization, we held a screening of a new film and an after-party to raise awareness of our work on the West Coast.
TLP has been busy on the advocacy front as well. This week we are releasing an advocacy paper, Tragedy on the Horizon. The report examines how the American withdrawal from Iraq will impact the thousands of Iraqis who are currently working for the U.S. and surveys the history of withdrawal by Coalition allies in Iraq, as well as numerous historical examples (Vietnam, Algeria, and the final period of the American Revolution, to name a few) to shed light on the moral and strategic imperatives posed by withdrawal. Despite the decline in day-to-day violence, the List Project foresees a bloody end for many U.S.-affiliated Iraqis if there are not any contingency plans for their swift evacuation in the final period of the war. The List Project offers specific recommendations to the Obama administration, Congress, and to various Government departments to ensure that we do not repeat the tragic mistakes of the past as we leave Iraq.
Thank you for your continued support! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Happy New Year! We are thrilled that we are just over the halfway mark of meeting our goal and we hope that you will consider supporting our Emergency Support Fund in 2010.
We ended 2009 on a great note through our 2009 Annual Appeal, where we raised enough money to send gift cards to nearly 50 Iraqi families to help them with winter clothing purchases. In addition, we were able to increase our Emergency Support Fund to help with visa costs for our Iraqi allies and emergency payments for those that are in dire need here in the United States.
We applaud the State Department's announcement on January 25th that they will be increasing the grant given to assisting refugees during their initial 30-90 days, which will help our Iraqi allies start their new life here in the U.S. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/01/135800.htm
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We are almost halfway to our goal of $10,000! Thank you for your support.
Update from TLPHQ:
The List Project recently returned from a three-week trip to Iraq, Jordan and Syria. We traveled with a small documentary film crew from Principle Pictures and with lawyers from our partnering law firms. The purpose of the trip was to assess the impact of U.S. troop withdrawal on the Iraqi refugee crisis, as well as to check in with many Iraqis on our List who are waiting to be resettled in the U.S.
After seeing many Iraqis (representing nearly 150 from our List), it was clear that U.S.-affiliated Iraqis feel increasingly unsafe and insecure about their future as the U.S. military continues to pull out of Iraq. The List Project will be working to address our findings and concerns with government officials and advocacy organizations in the coming months. Please check out the link below to learn more about the documentary film from Principle Pictures.
In addition to our travels, the List Project has some exciting news on the media front. We were featured on the Today Show this month! NBC’s correspondent Peter Alexander interviewed members of the List Project team and a few recently resettled Iraqi families in Washington, D.C. Please check out the link below to watch our clip!
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