Tamils for Obama holding Conference on "Some Creative Governance Models And Their Relevance To Sri Lanka"

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Tamils for Obama is arranging a meeting to allow Tamils and non-Tamil friends to brainstorm and come up with a governance model that advances the welfare of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Conferees will look for ways to advance the safety, cultural growth, and political well-being of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The conference will be held March 20, 2010 in a city in the northeastern U.S. (The final location has not yet been decided.)

Tamils for Obama announced today that it will arrange a conference, titled "Some Creative Governance Models And Their Relevance To Sri Lanka," to be held in the northeastern U.S. on March 20, 2010. The exact location has not yet been decided.

The purpose of "Some Creative Governance Models And Their Relevance To Sri Lanka," a spokesman for the Tamil organization said, is to allow Tamils to brainstorm and come up with a governance model that advances the welfare of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Participants at the conference," he continued, "will look for ways to make things better for Tamils in the island.

"We will look for ways to advance the safety, cultural growth, and political well-being of Tamils in Sri Lanka," the spokesman said. "All of these things in the end depend on some kind of political structure in which they can be built. That is why we are calling this a 'Some Creative Governance Models And Their Relevance To Sri Lanka.' Without some kind of political structure, nothing that endures can be built."    

The organizers expect to have 300 attendees, and plan to charge a $25 per person entry fee.

"We are trying to keep cost low for participants," the spokesman explained. "We can do this because contributions from generous donors are expected to cover most expenses, which include meals at the conference, airfare and hotel costs for invited speakers, and the rental for the conference hall."

The conference's speakers are expected to include a speaker from the U.S. state department, Academics from various countries who are familiar with the South Asian situation, and a Tamil M.P. from Sri Lanka, the Tamils for Obama spokesman said.

After the speakers, there will be discussions, proposals, and resolutions on what actions should be pursued by the diaspora Tamils attending the conference.

In the afternoon part of the conference, younger Tamils will plan how to implement the resolutions arrived at in the morning conference.

"We need to get our younger Tamils involved," said the spokesman. "These are long-term projects. Before they are completed, only the ones who are now young will have the energy to carry them on."

The spokesman added that Tamils for Obama urges all diaspora Tamils to keep the date of March 20, 2010 free on their calendar. He said that more detailed information, including the final location of the conference and how to register, will be published soon.

Tamils are an ethnic group living mainly in the northeast of Sri Lanka and southern India. During the final weeks of the recent civil war, the Sri Lankan government killed about 1,000 Tamil civilians per day, according to the United Nations, and about 30,000 in 2009. Tamils are a minority population in Sri Lanka, and have borne the brunt of a civil war they regard as genocide. One-third of the Tamil population has fled the island and formed a substantial diaspora overseas. Tamils for Obama is comprised of Tamils who have settled in the U.S. or who were born in the U.S.

To contact the group, call at (617) 765- 4394 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.
http://www.TamilsForObama.com

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