Hi, my name is Brandon.
I am Fariya
2700 fans in 48 hours. Not bad, Fariya.
Thx. Its been a smoldering issue.
Everybody realizes it but feels incapacitated to do something about it. The degree of corruption is unthinkable
The first thing that has to be recognized is that Pakistan is an autonomous nation. They can't be forced to amend their laws; they can only be persuaded through economic and political pressures.
What is your strategy right now?
Pakistan is heavily dependant upon foreign aid. When it comes to money, the government will listen. So, if we can get USAID, IMF to listen to us to put a specific sanction in regards XXXXX XXXXX matter & make aid available only if the ammendment is done & practised; it may work.
Have you thought about filing for 527 tax-exempt status?
No. I haven't even started a non-profit as yet.
We are talking about an impact on the lives of millions of people. Pakistan is the 6th most populated country in the world. More than half of Pakistanis are less than 15 years of age.
You're talking about advocating for major policy changes with the U.S. government and beyond. Using our country as an example, the USA has tremendous political interests in the region and any shift in policy is going to have to be weighed against those other interests. Further, the interests are competing. The US has a limited amount of political capital that it can spend, so you have to make the case that your cause is worth it. It's going to take money--money to get the attention of the decision makers, and money to persuade them that this is the appropriate course of action. So I recommend that you file for 527 tax-exempt status and start raising money.
So, I should start a non-profit org & then apply for the tax-exempt status.
How much money do you think will be needed??
What about IMF?
Well, let's clarify our terminology. When most people refer to a "non-profit", they are thinking about 501(c)(3) organizations like the red cross, which are tax-exempt. 527 organizations are also tax-exempt, but they are organized for the purpose of political activities and issue advocacy--the sort of thing you are interested in. So to be clear, you wouldn't need to file as a 501(c)(3) organization and a 527 organization. I am suggesting that you consider filing for a 527 organization only.
Ok. Got it. How do I do it?
As for how much money is needed, it really depends on how your matter evolves. It's kind of like estimating how much money would be needed to find a new cure for a disease--you know that there will be certain necessary costs, but whether you find the cure in the first year or the first century is impossible to say, so your costs will vary wildly.
How to do it--please allow me a moment to provide a few links that may help:
I am actually a physician by profession. I had a non-profit & I have worked for the flood victims in Pakistan by going to these villages & providing free medical aid. Therefore, I have seen their misery. Its a stone age still over there. Humans are treated like roaches over there. I have been thinking about it & I think that even if I did a million camps there, I will never be able to make their lives better for good because at the end of the day, they will remain enslaved to the feudals. The only way to give them an opportunity at living is by liberating them. These are very smart & extremely hard-working people. If given a chance, they will raise their lifestyle on their own.
That link will probably address most of your questions. It contains a link to Form 8871, which is the form declaring notice of a 527 organization. It also has a link to Publication 4216, which describes and explains the filing process.
That's heart breaking to hear, and I would love see changes.
After setting up the organization, do I contact USAID & IMF?
Well, you can contact USAID & IMF without organizing yourself as a 527, but it's a matter of getting them to listen. You need connections, and that's where the money comes into play.
The purpose of setting up the 527 organization is to facilitate the fundraising.
As an alternative, the strategy would be to sue the current judiciary of Pakistan for failing to put an end to open human rights violation in the international court. Is that even feasible??
Honestly, it's not feasible.
Has anything like this being done in the past??
When there a macro-policy change for the betterment of a country's human rights, it usually comes about due to pressure from multiple sources. South Africa, for example, ended apartheid as a result of political and economic pressures from several sources, including grass-root human right campaigns. But it all ties in together--the political will to bring about change comes from popular support and money.
On a smaller scale, the campaign to capture warlord Joseph Kony has been driven almost entirely by a grass-root movement. The U.S. government recently put a $5,000,000 bounty on his head.
SO, if I get the numbers on social networking & pull strings in local & international media, do you think it will make a difference.
Brandon, if you were in my place & you really wanted to see an impact, what would you do??
It can't hurt. But the effectiveness would depend on how successful your campaign was. Using the Joseph Kony example again, the movement was essentially driven by a short documentary available on youtube. So it's certainly possible to bring about change; the question is just how much support you can get and how far you can go with the support that you get.
What would be your strategy??
Step one is awareness. First, I would hire some marketers. If I was on a shoe-string budget, I would go to an area college and find some students who are majoring in marketing and find a way to get them to work on my project for school credit. There are a lot of different means of getting your message out, so you have to figure out what approach is right for you.
You're probably not going to be able to do this by yourself. You need a team working with you.
So, the first step should be to find a student body that will work with me, both in AZ & in Pakistan.
AZ to start. From there, you can decide where you want to reach out next.
You may want to contact the student government at your nearby university--they can help you navigate the college or university's internal system to reach people who can help.
Ok. Thanks Brandon. Is there anything else you can think of?
I would only add that because you're so early in this long process, pace yourself and don't get discouraged.
Ok. Appreciate it. Will give it my best shot.
Certainly. Did you have any other question?
No. Are you in AZ
What would be the best way to contact you if I needed any more advice?
I'm just over the border in California.
Just 1 last question. If I do the 527, will I be recognized as a political party or a non-profit pursuing political changes?? Two different things. I have no plans to do politics.
One of my terms and conditions of the website is that I may only contact customers through the website (lest I steal away their business, I suppose). If you wanted to reach me specifically, you are welcome to just come back to the website and ask for me by name in your question (e.g. "This is for Brandon M.") That way, the other attorneys will know to set this question aside for me and I can reply the next time I log on.
Being a 527 organization does not make you a political party.
It allows the organization to operate as a tax-exempt organization for it's advocacy purposes.
Ok. Good. Thanks. Will update you about my progress.
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