Americans for Informed Democracy - Omaha
UN Millennium Development Background and Flyers
Saturday, February 26, 2005, 09:26 AM
In preparation for the upcoming town hall on the U.S. Role in Africa with respect to the United Nations Millennium Development goals, please see the background primer. The main goals are to: 1) Eradicate poverty and extreme hunger, 2) Achieve universal primary education, 3) Promote gender equity and empower women, 4) Reduce child mortality, 5) Improve maternal health, 6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, 7) Ensure environmental sustainability, 8) Develop global partnership for development.

The following links also provide useful background information:
• UN Millennium Summit in 2000 and Development Goals, with photos
• MDG Background documents from
• Millennium Development Statistics
• UN Millennium Project
• President Bush's announcement of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) creating the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and on MCA
• USAID in Africa
• Development reports from developing and developed countries
• World Health Organization on MDGs
• Millennium Campaign Voices Against Poverty
• MDGs FAQ from UN Development Program
• Inter Press Service News on Development Deadline

Advertising :: To help promote the upcoming town hall, we have several flyers available: 1 page poster (pdf:doc), a 2-per-page promotional flyer (pdf:doc) and a 2-per-page list of speakers flyer (pdf:doc).

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Gateway - Gen. Shelton on National Security
Saturday, February 26, 2005, 08:20 AM
In the current issue of the UNO Gateway, they covered Gen. Hugh Shelton's speech about national security during the last ABC Breakfast Speaker Series which highlighted several times the need for more 1) global awareness and 2) international cooperation in mentioning:
• "We have a great opportunity here to develop a sense of trust. If we don't do that, we're going to have problems."
• Shelton agreed that President George W. Bush is doing the right thing by stepping out and trying to regain the trust of other nations.
• Shelton advocated the role that universities play in creating bonds between nations. International exchanges help younger generations of other cultures see that we're not "war mongering radicals."

Hopefully on President Bush's trip to Europe this week, he has been able to restore some of this trust in addition to finding common ground on issues of importance to both U.S. and Europe. News sources: usatoday, washington times, cnn, msnbc, financial times, or see more results from google news search

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Asian Heritage Month
Wednesday, February 23, 2005, 12:09 PM
The Asian American Cultural Society and the Cultural Awareness Programs Office is proudly hosting the University of Nebraska at Omaha's second-ever Asian Heritage Month (this is our first year with actual funding). Scheduled Events (pdf) run from late February to early April.

Representing over 50 different ethnic groups, coupled with highly variable experiences, histories, values, and worldviews, Asians and Asian Americans are by no means a monolithic group. It is my hope that Asian Heritage Month 2005 will promote an awareness of, and understanding for, the diversity and experiences of Asians and Asian Americans.

Any questions should be directed to Mr. Sharif Liwaru, Cultural Awareness Programs Office adviser, at sliwaru or 402/554-2711.

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Meeting and Pizza Friday Feb 25 @ 5pm
Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 12:59 PM
Free pizza if you can make it to the Redick Room - 3rd floor of the Milo Bail Student Center on Friday February 25th @ 5:00pm for a short informational and planning meeting before the town hall next week.
• Please leave a comment if you plan to attend!!!

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Speakers, Initial Flyer for March 4th
Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 06:29 AM
We currently have two distinguished speakers for our first town hall meeting on Friday March 4th. Distinguished panelists include Dr. Sue Stein of the Omaha-based non-profit organization Computers for Africa and Dr. Manfred Wogugu of the UNO Dept. of Black Studies with experience in the United Nations will both be leading our discussion on The Future of U.S. Relations with Africa: The Millennium Development Goals. Other distinguished panelists are still being considered. The town hall will take place at 6:00pm in the Dodge Room of the Milo Bail Student Center on the UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St. Omaha.

Please feel free to post this initial flyer (84k pdf) at your nearest public spaces (bulletin board, water fountain, coffee counter) and place of work to help spread the word! There is also a general flyer (62k pdf) about UNO AID suitable for handing out.

Update: February 26th :: We now have an additional 4 Distinguished Panelists! ::

Dr. David Chand - UNO - International Studies and Political Science
Dr. Ngwarsungu Chiwengo - Creighton - World and African Literature
Dr. Robert Hitchcock - UNL - Human Ecology and Applied/Developmental Anthropology
Dr. Paul Allen Williams - UNO -Associate Editor, International Third World Studies Journal and Review, and Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Program. Dr. Williams will also serve as the moderator for our discussion.
... The initial flyer above has now been updated.

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Mailing List - First Town Hall
Saturday, February 12, 2005, 06:43 AM
Thanks to those who made it to the Feb 11th meeting. We have a small group going now and will hopefully have more interested members when I get a chance to visit some Political Science classrooms. For now, be sure to signup on the Omaha AID Mailing List for new developments and discussions. Note that you can unsubscribe at any time and control your mailing list settings. I'm also working to build up a new website that we can use instead of this Typepad, so get ready for a few changes.

Our first Town Hall meeting is just 2 weeks away -- Friday March 4th! I have some poster designs prepared but would like to find out if any other student organizations would like to partner in our efforts to raise global awareness. By February 24th I'll have posters ready to be advertised, and will need volunteer support to disperse them around campus, town, office locations, and any other relevant places. If your Omaha-area or UNO organization would like to take part, please email me at bwiese at as soon as possible. Please provide your organization's website and primary point of contact with email and phone number.

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Starting AID in Omaha
Wednesday, February 2, 2005, 04:42 AM
Welcome to the Omaha chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy website ! We are currently setting up our chapter as a student organization at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and starting to work on our new website as well as plan for our fist town hall meeting scheduled for the end of February/early March. Our first town hall will take place under the initiative of Red, White and Blue Coming Together in which we will address the hidden consensus we share across political, religious, and cultural lines on foreign policy issues.

We will likely tailor our town hall discussion to the topics of achieving the Millennium Development Goals or the U.S. Role in Sudan and are currently looking for local experts on these topics to lead our panel discussion so that we as ordinary citizens can more clearly understand these foreign and complicated issues at hand.

If this sounds interesting to you, and you'd like to take part in it... please meetup at the fireplace lounge in the Milo Bail Student Center on Friday February 11th @ 5:00pm. Bring a note book, a friend, and even an ambassador to another organization -- we'd like to make this as much of a community and as big as possible! Let's change the world... or at least Omaha's perception of it!

For more information, contact: Brian Wiese (bwiese at / 554-2072 / 297-9392). Thanks to the support of Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro, Dr. Pamela Owens and the American Democracy Project.

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