Book Readings (and a Legislative Visit) in Baltimore/DC

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Helena Cobban (left), Sarah Grey and me at the FCNL office

Had a wonderful whirlwind visit in Baltimore/DC, highlights included book readings in Baltimore, DC and Georgetown and a visit with the National Friends Legislative Committee to Senator Dick Durbin’s office to encourage him not to support a Senate defense authorization bill that sought to punish Palestinians for seeking non-member observer status at the United Nations. Thankfully, the amendment never came up for a vote.

While in DC, I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by blogger/journalist Mitchell Plitnick for Inter Press Service News Agency. (The full version appears on Mitchell’s blog.)

A snippet:

To create political power, leveraging people power is the best method, and historically, this has been shown to be the case. The fact that Israel is reacting so harshly against it shows its potential. When Hillary Clinton says 3000 new settlements are “not helpful,” that doesn’t get Israel’s attention. But when (Jewish Voice for Peace), (Students for Justice in Palestine) and church groups move to get corporations and holding companies to divest from Israel, that’s front page news in Israel. That is a sign that this has a great impact, when used in a smart and concerted way.

One of the big pleasures of the trip was finally getting the chance to meet Just World Books publisher Helena Cobban and my editor, Sarah Grey, both of whom have thoroughly become my kindred spirits.

Some more pix from my trip:

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Book reading at Busboys and Poets, Washington DC (under the watchful gaze of Angela Davis)

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Book Reading at St. John’s Episcopal, Georgetown

With Kate Gould, Legislative Associate for Middle East Policy at FCNL


4 Comments on “Book Readings (and a Legislative Visit) in Baltimore/DC”

  1. i_like_ike52 says:

    Your snippet:
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    . When Hillary Clinton says 3000 new settlements are “not helpful,”
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    i don’t think there is room in the entire country for “3000 new settlements”. I donh recall hearing
    the Israeli gov’t talk about building 3000 new settlements. I did hear about 3000 new apartments and housing units. Can you tell the difference, or doesn’t it matter?

  2. Samuel Neff says:

    We are glad to see you are in contact with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. it certainly is one lobbying group worth supporting.

  3. Wendy Carson says:

    Very Impressive Brant.So nice to know a celebrity.

  4. Nancy Bruski says:

    So proud of you, Brant! And so impressed with all your hobnobbing ! Cheers!


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