September has been a busy month for TLP!
We kicked off this month with a 9/11 Benefit Concert in NYC, where artists such as Ray Gerber, Laura Thomas, Amir El-Saffar and Nellie McKay played to raise money for our cause. About 100 people joined us at DROM, a trendy lounge located in the East Village and helped us raise money that will go directly to those Iraqis in need. The List Project team can’t thank you all enough for your continued support.
In addition to exciting events and conferences that TLP has been part of, we have been actively working on building support for the Iraqis in the U.S. at the community level. In its 3rd month, Netroots is bringing together so many who want to make a difference in the lives of Iraqis in their area. The List Project is working hard to bring together those Iraqis who have made it here and the Netroots Chapters. We hope to make introductions very soon!
Beginning this month, TLP will highlight a Netroots Star to showcase how one Chapter or member has made a difference. The September Star is…the List Project D.C. Chapter! With Tara Swords as the Chapter Head, the List Project D.C. has worked diligently to bring its members together to create a strong network of support. For those of you who have not had a meeting or who are trying to find ways to give a boost to the work you are doing, the List Project D.C. has found many ways that seem to be working. By organizing the Chapter into three committees (fundraising, advocacy and sponsorship–as found in the TLP Toolkit), the List Project D.C. is effectively addressing ways to focus their efforts. Please check out the group page to get ideas for your Chapter!
Finally, as many of you know, the end of the holy month of Ramadan is approaching and this is a great time to put together a fundraiser or a meeting. The List Project D.C. has been the first to arrange a fundraiser around the ‘Eid al-Fitr (falling on Wednesday, October 1 this year), which marks the end of Ramadan. ‘Eid al-Fitr is the fast-breaking holiday where many Muslims are asked to give to those less fortunate. The List Project D.C. is using this time to approach the Muslim and Arab Communities in the D.C. area to donate to our cause. This would be a great time to hold a fundraiser, where the money raised is given directly to Iraqi refugees in the U.S.
So, go ahead and plan something in your area and be our Netroots Star next month!
Please check out Netroots to join a Chapter near you or to start one in your area! Don’t forget to invite your friends and remember we have something for every age group—check out the List Kids!