Below is OneVoice's Update for November-December 2002.
2003 is the year when, together, we will make a positive and concrete difference -- by amplifying the voice of the silent majority and helping moderates seize back the agenda for conflict-resolution, through an innovative process empowering Israelis and Palestinians at the grassroots level to participate in broad-based negotiations and achieve historic working solutions. So Happy New Year!
*IBM FOUNDATION TO DONATE SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE: Stanley Litow, President of the IBM Foundation, announced at a breakfast for heads of different foundations, that IBM will be donating software and hardware to build the OneVoice platform.
*DARAWSHE AND DJAVAHERI APPOINTED TO EXECUTIVE TEAM: Mohammad Darawshe was appointed as Regional Director of OneVoice for the Middle East; Sepi Djavaheri joins as Acting Executive Director in the US.
*BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNVEILED: OneVoice officially unveiled the founding members of its Board of Trustees this month; the seventeen foremost business leaders include Global Leaders of Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum and members of YPO. The group includes CEOs of some of the most dynamic, largest, and/or fastest-growing companies in the world, influential attorneys, a world-renown cardiac surgeon, prized consultants, and award-winning writers and producers.
*GLOBAL HEADS OF JEWISH, CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES RALLYING BEHIND ONEVOICE: Spiritual and community leaders in the Mideast and in the US are coming together in a rare show of solidarity to support the OneVoice initiative. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Rabbi Harvey Fields are among those recently appointed to the Honorary Board of Advisors. Full HBOA to be unveiled in January.
*READ TRANSCRIPTS OF RECENT ONEVOICE INTERVIEWS (including FOX TV, ACJ/MEI Release, and US Department of State) on our Archive.
*HOLLYWOOD AND MIDEAST CELEBRITIES TO FORM ONEVOICE ENTERTAINMENT COUNCIL: Actors, writers, producers, and directors are joining campaign to strengthen moderates through OneVoice's concrete non-violent path to conflict resolution.
* BRIEFINGS REACH HUNDREDS: Briefings were held in Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Ramallah, Um-el-Fahem, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Over the past two months, over four hundred business, community and spiritual leaders were briefed.
*PROCLAMATION OF PRINCIPLES RECONFIGURED TO SINGLE DOCUMENT: Upon the advice of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee and further review from the Steering Committee, the Proclamation of Principles for Reconciliation was redrafted into one unified document that both Israelis and Palestinians will sign on to (as opposed to a Palestinian and Israeli version). The shorter document will be accompanied by "convocations" from Israelis and Palestinians that will contain more cathartic and heartfelt language. The Proclamation will be officially unveiled after the conclusion of Israeli elections.
*COORDINATION WITH ALIGNED EFFORT: OneVoice met with a closely-aligned organization, The People Vote (spearheaded by Ami Ayalon and Sari Nusseibeh), which has a very different methodology but very similar objectives to OneVoice; both organizations pledged to support each other's efforts and coordinate to ensure synergy wherever possible.
BODY Members Web Access
Steering Committee 11 http://www.silentnolonger.com/wwa_steering.html
Honorary Board Advisors 7 To be Unveiled In January
Board of Trustees 17 http://www.silentnolonger.com/wwa_trustees.html
Council of Experts 5 To be Unveiled in March
Ad Hoc Advisory Council 173 Being Built
Staff/Core Volunteers 4/12 http://www.silentnolonger.com/wwa_team.html
Donors/Members 130 Being Built
Committed Volunteers 62 N/A
Exec. Supporters List 300 N/A
Gen. Supporters List 483 N/A
Total Number Involved 1200
Member Organizations 14 Being Updated
Proclamation Signatories-- Not Yet Disseminated
People's Mandate Sign -- Not Yet Developed
Number of Core Issues On Which
Broad Consensus Has Been Attained None Yet