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Live Chain in Washington DC - September 1, 2008

Dear Friends,

The Georgian Association is organizing a Live Chain gathering in support of our friends and families in Georgia and the rest of the world. We are meeting at 1:00 PM on September 1, 2008 in front of the EU Embassy in Washington, DC (2300 M Street NW). Please help us demonstrate the strength of unity among Georgians and all friends of Georgia by participating in this event. The Live Chain in Washington is our response to the large scale Live Chain planned in Tbilisi at 3:00 PM local time.

The events coincide with an important EU session on Monday. As a result of many requests from the European state and government leaders, President Sarcozy will hold an extraordinary European Council meeting on September 1, 2008 to discuss the situation in Georgia. There are two important issues on the meeting agenda:

1) The current situation in Georgia and how to help the country, specifically in three areas: humanitarian assistance, EU involvement on the ground to assist in the implementation of the cease-fire and the establishment of the international mechanism provided for in point 5 of the six-point agreement, and the reconstruction of Georgia;

And,

2) The future of relations between the European Union and Russia.

We would like to clarify a couple things about the live chain in Washington D.C.
1) We are gathering at 1:00 at 2300 M Street NW. This event will last for one hour.
2) Please do not bring banners, other signs or megaphones. We encourage you to wear clothes depicting Georgian flags, your national costumes, etc. Feel free to bring your flags.

Regards,
-- Maka Gabelia
Executive Director
Georgian Association in the United States

THE GEORGIAN ASSOCIATION IS A NONPARTISAN NATIONWIDE MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION OF GEORGIAN-AMERICANS AND FRIENDS OF GEORGIA THAT ADVOCATES FOR GEORGIA AND GEORGIAN ISSUES IN THE U.S. IT IS THE OLDEST ORGANIZATION IN THE US REPRESENTING THE GEORGIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY.


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