Capitol Hill Visits
The most effective method of seeking a support for a cause is through advocacy in today's institution based international order. Political advocacy groups -- also known as pressure groups, interest groups or lobbyists -- play a significant role in the political system of the United States. The United States government relies on advocacy organizations to give them real time information from various constituencies to see how every decision affects different segments of society and in turn influences their decision making process. That power can derive from different sources — from an elected or legal mandate, or from popular support and the power of numbers. This is why raising broad public awareness of an issue through grassroots organizing campaigns is often an essential part of effective advocacy. The Ogaden Voice for Peace aims to shape public policy in a way that will sustain that change within the institutions of a democratic society. The Ogaden Voice for Peace through its network across the country strives to educate policy makers of all levels about The Ogaden issue and its importance to US national security and regional peace. Started in 2004, OVP has been at the forefront when it comes to highlighting the ongoing tragedy in The Ogaden region and proposing policy solutions that are in line with the highest aspirations of the region's inhabitants. OVP has recruited academics, diplomats and experts on diplomacy and negotiations who provide timely advice.
Below is a gallery of some of the past visits to Capitol Hill.
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