Rally of Pakistani Americans Against Terrorism ►Why ►When ►Where ►How ►Who Why? Why ►Background ►Past ►Present ►Breaking the stereotypes ►Future ramifications Background of current CT based planning ►What has happened in the past. ►Current events ►Some details ►How this is being played ►What are our responsibilities. Objectives ► Toinform our fellow Americans that the Muslims in Connecticut and the Pakistani Americans in Connecticut are partners against any kind of terrorism and extremism. ► ThePakistani Americans in CT. unequivocally condemn terrorism in any shape or form ► To inform all fellow Americans that the terrorists do not represent Muslims or people of Pakistan ► To help our fellow Americans understand that the solutions to terrorism would include education and economic uplifting in the communities along with a close scrutiny education and promotion of moderation in all forms of education ►Take a step towards breaking the stereotypes about Muslims, immigrants and people of Pakistani heritage How can these be achieved? ►A rally/ meeting in a public place/forum ►Presence of US media and policy makers and other American leaders ►Appropriate sharing of message with press releases. ►Appropriate/ unequivocal / clear delivery of message ►Appropriate patterns of messages… What do we want our fellow Americans to know about us under the current situations When? & Where? Planning ►Date: Weekday vs Weekend ►Time: Morning/Afternoon/Evening ►Place: ►People ►Set up Weekday/Weekend ►Less people on weekday to attend ►More impact on weekday ►More on weekend Vs maybe less impact Time ►Afternoonafter Friday Namaz ►Weekend Afternoon ►Weekday evenings…. Possible Places ►Hartford Public Library ►Bushnell Park ►State Capitol ►Hartford Courant ►Press Club ►University: CCSU/UConn/ Others? ►Hartford entrance and exit Rush hour… Decisions? How Developing and executing the plan ► Titleof responsibility/ person, people taking care of this… ► Legal List ► Volunteers ► Increasing/maximizing numbers ► Getting there and back ► What are we doing ► Who to contact and get commitments from ► Media ► Politicians ► Others Legal permission to have a peaceful rally ► Volunteers/ State? How to MAXIMIZE Attendance? Volunteer Coordination South Windsor: Waterbury: Nilofer Avon: Lalarukh Orange: Middletown: Ellington Naseema Cheshire New London: New Haven: Farmington Shagufta Bhabi Volunteer Categories ► Supplies ► Legal ► Making Banners ► Sound system ► First aid ► Water bottles ► Drivers/ Buses/ vans/ parking/ ► Telephone chain/ email/maximizing attendance ► Marketing Possible Banner Messages ► Not in our Name ► Pakistani Americans United Against Terrorism ► Educate Pakistan ► Terrorists are NOT Muslims ► Terrorists are enemies of Islam ► Education is the best weapon against Terrorists Supplies ► Home depot & Office Max ► Sticks/ Nails/ hammers/ staples ► Boards/ markers/ ► US Flags ► Candles: depends on timing.. ► First aid ► Water bottles etc. Dress Code ►What do we want our Fellow Americans to see and feel…. ►Changing the stereotypes ►Defining ourselves. Volunteers ►Buses/ Vans/ Setting up/ ►Safety planning ►Bringing people Media Coordination ►Emails and phone calls ►CT. Main stream media/ Broadcast ►CT. News media ►Muslim Media ►Pakistan Media ►Media Press release ►Our own web coverage Other Organizations ►Muslim Imam ►Democracy Works ►ADL Vs Others ►MPAC etc. ►ACLU ►NAACP ►Others?? Local Politicians ►Mayor/s ►State Senator/s ►State Representative/s ►Member/s of Congress ►Others Financials ►Underwriters ►Organization funds ►Current contributions if needed. WHO?