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Wednesday, 13 January 2020
10am PT, 1pm ET (US, Canada) / 6pm UTC / 8pm Palestine

As a new Congress takes their seats in early January, and as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated later in the month, MFSA and UMKR offer this webinar to help us better understand what we might expect for Palestinian rights from the new Congress and new Administration.

Who will the key players be in Congress?
What legislation might come forward?
What strategies can we use to deepen our influence in D.C.?
How do we best advocate for Palestine in our own locales?


Kyle Cristofalo
Kyle is the Senior Director of Advocacy
and Government Relations, and Special Advisor to the Executive Director at
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). He was first introduced to Middle East advocacy work during a semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt. After college, he spent 10 months serving with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bethlehem, Palestine, where he worked with Bethlehem Bible College. Most recently, Kyle served as the Program Assistant for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on Legislation where he helped coordinate lobbying work on Middle East policy and trained grassroots advocates on how to lobby their Congressional representatives.

Mark Harrison
At the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) in Washington DC, Mark Harrison leads the United Methodist Church's Peace and Justice Program and promotes Peace with Justice Sunday, one of the UMC’s eight special Sundays. He has lived and worked throughout the world, working some of the world's poorest communities and seeing firsthand the devastating consequences of war. He also has learned how faith can aid the work of peace and justice. Mark has visited Israel/Palestine three times, most recently for the Kairos Palestine and Sabeel conferences in December 2019. Mark also serves as the  liaison from GBCS to the UMKR Steering Committee.

After our speakers' presentations, we will have a Q&A period. 
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The last few years have been devastating for the Palestinian people. In 2021, they must see hope for progress in their struggle for freedom and equality.
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