Why • When • Where • How • Who
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 • To inform our fellow Americans that the Muslims in Connecticut and the Pakistani Americans in Connecticut are partners against any kind of terrorism and extremism. • The Pakistani 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
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
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 • Afternoon after 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…
Developing and executing the plan • Title of responsibility/ person, people taking care of this…
List • Legal • 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?
South Windsor: Nilofer Avon: Lalarukh Middletown: Naseema New London: New Haven: Shagufta Bhabi Waterbury: Orange: Ellington Cheshire Farmington Volunteer Coordination
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
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??
Mayor/s • State Senator/s • State Representative/s • Member/s of Congress • Others
Financials • Underwriters • Organization funds • Current contributions if needed.