Los Angeles-Tehran “World Cities” Online Dialogue Startup

Nov 20, 20090 comments

Date/Time: Dec 6 2009 6:00pm8:00pm
RSVPs required, to 310.657.5511. Only 25 participants will be involved in this first meeting, so RSVP early.
Price: Suggested donation $10-$20 per person includes dinner.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Levantine Cultural Center 5998 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Los Angeles-TehranLos Angeles-TehranThis is the first working committee meeting and leadership dinner of the new Los Angeles-Tehran “World Cities” Online Dialogue.

Only the first 25 to RSVP will be seated. A delicious Middle Eastern buffet will be served. RSVPS to 310.657.5511. No reservations will be accepted via email. Calls only.

[Media Inquiries only: Contact Jordan Elgrably, 310.402.8866 email: jordane-at-levantinecenter.org.] Our immediate goal is to get the new LA-Tehran dialogue going online. The long-range objectives are to 1) activate the LA-Tehran Sister Cities link and 2) global nuclear disarmament. Our overarching theme is “Peace and Friendship between the Cities of the World”-starting with Los Angeles and Tehran. While recognizing that political discourse is inevitable within the dialogue, the Working Committee will take no political stance beyond supporting global nuclear disarmament. Our Peace & Friendship theme will be our heartfelt guide. Though we begin with Los Angeles and Tehran, the intent is to rapidly expand to include all the 3100+ Mayors for Peace cities. We will use Facebook and Twitter to recruit at least one participant from each of the Mayors for Peace Cities and together, using a voting-on-messages feature of the dialog software, elect a message from the Cities of the World to the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Conference to be held in Vienna next May. Our chief order of business at the meeting will be to create a steering committee and sub-committees. Persons attending will probably mostly be Iranian, Muslim, Jewish and Bahai, from the LA area, but the meeting is open to all. You must RSVP to attend, and we are limiting the number to 25. Please only attend if you expect to be active in one of the committees. Sub-committees will include: Outreach to LA and Tehran, LA-Tehran Sister Cities, Nuclear Disarmament. Ideas for additional sub-committees are welcome. Background: Until recently, the World Cities Dialogue was an LA Area Nuclear Disarmament Dialog. In its new incarnation, the dialogue promotes people to people peace and friendship between the cities of the world. Nuclear disarmament continues as an important theme of the dialogue, and where it can, the dialogue will support and strengthen existing Sister Cities relationships. The “World Cities” dialog is sponsored by the Unity-and-Diversity World Council and co-sponsored by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics. Additional co-sponsors are welcome. Here is a link to the dialogue login page. For more information, contact Roger Eaton, rogerweaton-at-gmail.com. To RSVP contact the Levantine Center at the phone number. http://www.levantinecenter.org/community/los-angeles-tehran-world-cities-online-dialogue-startup