Posted on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
MADRE belongs to the coalition US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
Unfortunately, it's not too often that we get the opportunity to thank Members of Congress for doing the right thing. That's why it's so important to do so when they do something that we ask of them.
On January 21, 2010, 54 Representatives sent President Obama a letter that termed Israel's blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip as "de facto collective punishment" and called on the United States to press Israel "for immediate relief for the citizens of Gaza."
To read the entire text of this "Dear Colleague" letter, organized by Rep. Jim McDermott and Rep. Keith Ellison, and to see the full list of signatories, click here.
Please take a moment to "cheer" your Representative for signing this important "Dear Colleague" letter calling attention to the devastating humanitarian impact of Israel's illegal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip, or "jeer" your Representative for not signing the letter.
What Else Can You Do to Help Us Change U.S. Policy?
- Join more than 100 activists from more than 25 states and 75 Congressional districts in our Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) network. Join in this important grassroots initiative to coordinate a national movement to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. To view the responsibilities of a CDC, check out our interactive CDC network map, and join the CDC network, click here.
- Join us for a conference call tonight, Thursday, January 28, 9PM Eastern to help us strategize about challenging military aid to Israel in 2010. Our special guests on the call will be members of the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, an Albuquerque-based member group of the US Campaign which put up billboards in their city calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. Learn how to replicate this creative campaign in your city and much more on this call. To RSVP and get call-in information, please click here.
- Join the US Campaign and Interfaith Peace-Builders for a Grassroots Advocacy Training and lobby day in Washington, DC, March 7-8. Get the skills you need to become an effective grassroots advocate for policy change and lobby your Members of Congress on ending the blockade of Gaza and other important policy issues. To learn more and to register, please click here.
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