On Wednesday, October 17, 2007, the Dalai Lama will be making a free
and public address on the west lawn of the Capitol. Speaker Nancy
Pelosi just helped pass a bill that gave ICT use of the west lawn and
west steps of the Capitol to allow for this free event!
We need help in publicizing it because its less than three weeks away
and so we are asking you to forward this e-mail to as many friends and
colleagues in the DC area as possible. If you know of good list
serves to post this, please do. We need help reaching out to dharma
centers, churches, colleges, workplaces and other networks in and
The Dalai Lama will be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from
Speaker Pelosi, Congressional leadership and the U.S. President in the
U.S. Capitol Rotunda at 1:00. This will be simulcast on a jumbotron
onto the West Lawn of the Capitol. At 2:20, Richard Gere will make a
few remarks, and at 2:30, Speaker Pelosi will escort the Dalai Lama
from Capitol to the West Lawn, where he will give an address.
This will be the first time in history that a sitting US President
will publicly appear with a Dalai Lama, and it will happen at the
halls of Congress, who have been so supportive of Tibet over the years.
Before this, from 11:00 – 1:00, Tibetan dance, opera and song troupes
from all over America, will be performing. If you can join for that
as well, feel free to bring a picnic lunch, blanket or folding chair.
There will be about 1,000 Tibetans in D.C. for this and it will be a
wonderful and colorful celebration. Many of the highest lamas and
Rimpoches from around the world will be attending.
While this is free to the public, it is costing ICT about $185,000.
If you can make a donation, we would be enormously grateful! You can
donate here or
send a check to ICT. (Congress is providing security and security
fencing but we have to pay for staging, the sound system, the
jumbotron, press tents, medical tents, etc.)
We also need volunteers. If you can volunteer all day on Wednesday,
Oct. 17, please e-mail
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com, and include your
Attached to this email is a PDF flyer with more information for this
event. For more on the Dalai Lama’s visit, go to
Thank you for whatever you can do to make this historic day
successful. And I hope to see you there!
International Campaign for Tibet
1825 Jefferson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036