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  • Common Cause hosted visitors from Thailand on September 22. The group includes Asarin Nonthihathai, Deputy Manager of the Living Library Dept., Piyabutr Nakaplew of the PSI Thailand Foundation, and Transgender Activist& Researcher Sitthiphan Boonyapisomporn (Hua). 
  • Thai visitors
  • Common Cause International Director Lauren Coletta hosted a round table with with visitors from Thailand including Thanapol Eawsakul, Editor and Owner of "Fa Diew Kan" Magazine,", Arnat Matate, a political reporter with Pujatkarn Newspaper, and Nikom Putta, an environmental activist with the Upper Ping River Watershed Conservation Program. The goal of the delegation was to explore the concept of citizen diplomacy, grassroots advocacy and citizen participation in the democratic process as well as the methods by which ordinary citizens can interact with elected officials to effect political, social and economic change. 
  • Our delegation visited the regular Saturday meeting of Operation Push to discuss the possibility of Rev. Jesse Jackson assisting in our campaign work in Haiti. 
  • Jim Field, a veteran Chicago organizer currently working with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless met with the delegation to discuss basic organizing principles and history. 
  • We met with David Martino, Political Director of SEIU's Local 1 to learn more about how SEIU organizes its campaigns and influences public policies impacting service workers. 
  • Bob Edgar at the POMED Event entitled Religion and State: A Middle East U.S. and EU "Trialogue" 
  • Protesters outside the September 28th event in NYC with President Ahmadinejad