End Notes, May 10th, 2007
1. US Campaign Update: Get Involved with theUS Campaign’s June 10th Mobilization;
2. Resources and Events: AFSC’s Palestine:
Peace Not Apartheid Reading & Discussion Guide; U.S.
release of 'Occupation 101'
3. Opportunities to Visit
Israel and Palestine: Interfaith
Peace-Builders Delegations; Global Exchange Delegations; ICAHD Delegations;
Join Middle East Fellowship for Palestine Summer Encounter; Join Interfaith
Peace-Builders & AFSC on trip to Israel/Palestine; Zajel International
Volunteer Work camp; Birthright Unplugged Delegations in July/August 2007; MECA
Delegations in August 2007; Volunteer in Tel Rumeida;
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
* June 10th -11th, 2007:
The World Says NO to Israeli Occupation!
in Washington, DC
In less than six weeks, join the US
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, United for Peace and Justice, and more
than 225 other organizations in Washington, DC on June 10-11 for a historic
two-day mobilization to protest US support for Israel's 40 year-old military
occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.
participation, we're hoping that this will be the largest-ever protest in the
history of the United States
in favor of Palestinian human rights and for a just peace between Palestinians
and Israelis. We are working closely with the various police authorities to
ensure that this will be a safe, legal, and permitted protest and march, so
everyone should come out!
Get your official June 10 protest t-shirt today!
t-shirts are union-made and sweatshop-free and available in two colors: white
with red trim or heather gray with black trim, adult sizes small through double
is $20 which includes shipping and handling. Order one of each today to
support and get the word out about
10 protest against Israeli occupation!
order your official June 10 protest t-shirt via Pay Pal by clicking here. We can also take orders via credit card over
the phone at 202-332-0994. For international order, please contact Omar
Masri at firstname.lastname@example.org
additional merchandise we have available in our on-line store by clicking here.
printed up limited quantities of these shirts, so once they're gone, they're
gone. Please note that we will not be able to sell these t-shirts at the rally
due to Capitol Police regulations. Be sure to order your t-shirt by June 1 at
the latest to guarantee delivery in time for the rally. Click here to order your t-shirt today!
additional information about the June 10-11 mobilization in Washington,
DC to protest 40 years of Israel's illegal military occupation of the
Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and
Gaza Strip, click here.
CONFERENCE: GROUPS LAUNCH METRO ADS AGAINST ISRAELI OCCUPATION
Press Conference Launching Metro Ads against 40 Years of Israeli Military
WHO: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice
WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 1PM
WHERE: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington,
DC (May 7)—The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace
and Justice will hold a press conference on Thursday, May 10 at 1PM in the
Zenger Room of the National Press Club to launch a metro rail ad campaign
protesting 40 years of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian West
Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.
advertisement promotes a national demonstration on Sunday, June 10 which will
begin with a rally at 2PM on the West Lawn of the Capitol, followed by a 4PM
march to the White House. This historic mobilization is being organized by the
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice and
is endorsed by more than 200 organizations nationwide. Thousands of expected
protestors will call for:
* An end
to U.S. military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's
illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East
* A change
policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis
based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full
implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.
additional information on the national rally and march to protest U.S. support for Israel's military occupation, click here.
inch advertisements will appear in 20 downtown metro rail stations beginning on
Sunday, May 13 and will remain up for one month. Advertisers estimate that the
ads will be seen by Washington, DC-area commuters almost 9 million times. The
ad campaign is already the subject of international interest, with stories
written about it in the U.S.,
Canadian, Israeli, and Iranian press. A low-resolution version of the ad can be
viewed by clicking here.
advertisement features a picture of a Palestinian boy walking to school past a
tank and reads, in part, "Imagine if this were your child's daily path to
school. Palestinians don't have to imagine. This is what life is like for
millions of Palestinians forced to live under Israel's
military occupation—an occupation financed yearly with billions of dollars in U.S. military aid and paid for by U.S. taxpayers
full-scale version of the metro rail advertisement will be displayed at the
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 200
organizations working to end U.S.
support for Israel's
military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza
Strip, and to change U.S.
policy toward Israel/Palestine to support a just peace based on equality, human
rights and international law. For additional information about the US Campaign
to End the Israeli Occupation, click here.
Peace and Justice is the country's largest anti-war coalition, composed of more
than 1,400 organizations, working to end the U.S.
war on and occupation of Iraq.
UFPJ has organized the nation's largest antiwar demonstrations, including the
January 27th march that encircled the Capitol. For additional information about
United for Peace and Justice, click here.
MARSHALS NEEDED FOR JUNE 10
SECURITY MARSHALS TEAM is actively recruiting volunteers to marshal for this
event. We will need as many of you as possible, as we expect a large turnout.
No experience is necessary - you will be fully trained.
Security Marshals are absolutely crucial to the overall success of the
mobilization; ours is a job of tremendous importance and responsibility, and is
extremely rewarding and empowering. We help ensure that the entire event is
peaceful and safe, help maintain the orderly flow of the event, and provide
logistical coordination and support for all our protesting sisters and
brothers. Through radio communication and teamwork, we are the eyes and ears of
the event's leadership, and represent the face of that leadership to the
marchers, the public and the media. As such, we guarantee the success and
integrity of the event.
need you for the full day of June 10th beginning at around 10:30 AM. We will
need your commitment to our cause and your undivided attention, your good
attitude and really good shoes (you'll be on your feet all day). We will
require that you attend one of the mandatory training sessions (details TBA)
prior to the event. The final training session will be in DC on Saturday June
9, approximately 6pm to 9pm.
who wishes to serve as a security marshals MUST register in advance, MUST fill
out a questionnaire, and MUST attend one full training session. There will be
If you are
interested or want more information, or wish to sign up, please contact: email@example.com
for your activism and commitment.
Coordinator of Security: United for Peace and Justice
GET ON THE
being organized already from Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Atlanta
to come to Washington, DC on June 10 to participate in this
historic mobilization. We've put up a new webpage that will take you to information
on how you can get on the bus from these places. If you or your group is
planning transportation to DC, please contact Ashley Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 202-332-0994 to add your group to this page.
posted a schedule of events taking places on June 10-11, including
times for the teach-in, rally, march, cultural event, and grassroots lobbying
figure out how to get from event to event by taking a look at the maps and
other info that we've posted on our logistics page.
If you or
your organization is organizing bus transportation to Washington, DC,
find out where to park your bus on our new bus parking info page.
looking for or have transportation to Washington,
DC, post an entry on our ride board.
posted affordable housing options in the Washington, DC
area. If you're looking for housing or have housing to share, you can also post
an entry on our housing board.
SIGN UP FOR JUNE 11 GRASSROOTS LOBBYING DAY
from 16 states, including those as far away as California and Washington State,
are in the process of setting up meetings with their Members of Congress for
the June 11 grassroots lobbying day, sponsored jointly by the US Campaign,
UFPJ, and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
posted frequently asked questions about the lobbying day and urge
people who are planning on coming to view the list of meetings scheduled to see if someone is setting up
meetings for their Members of Congress. If no one is yet setting up meetings
with your Members of Congress, you can find out how to set up a meeting. Everyone who is planning on
participating should sign up for the lobbying day right away!
HELP ORGANIZE AND VOLUNTEER
Sign up to
help us organize in your community by becoming a June 10 volunteer organizer. When you sign up, we'll send
you an organizing packet with postcards, petitions, and posters to help you get
the word out.
hundreds of people to get involved in the planning process for the protest and
to volunteer on the day of. Fill out a brief on-line form to join the local DC organizing committee. Or if you're coming in from
out of town for the weekend and would like to help out, fill out the brief
on-line form to volunteer on June 10.
also download a variety of organizing resources to help us get the word out, including
mobilizing posters, petitions, fliers, and more.
ENDORSE AND SIGN THE PETITION BACKING THE POLITICAL DEMANDS
225 organizations have endorsed the political demands of the mobilization,
* An end
to US military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's
illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
* A change
in US policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and
Israelis based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full
implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.
view a flash map of endorsing organizations and also add your organization's endorsement. Individuals can also sign a petition to their Members of Congress backing the
political demands of the mobilization.
also read the more detailed call to action, issued by the US Campaign and UFPJ.
SUPPORT THIS MOBILIZATION
couldn't put this mobilization together without your generous support. We're
almost at our goal for our spring fundraising drive. Help put us over the top
by making the most generous tax-deductible contribution that you can today.
limited time, make a donation of $25 or more and receive a free set of six anti-apartheid posters—union-made and suitable-to-frame.
Thank you in advance for your generous support!
you in Washington, DC on June 10-11!
* Join National Call to discuss CAT CAMPAIGN:Plans for the CAT Annual Shareholder Meeting – June 13, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
TIME: 9:00 – 10:30 PM EST
DIAL-IN NUMBER: 1-620-782-8800
ACCESS CODE: 19772007
The purpose of the call is to:
national actions, local and nationally coordinated, for the CAT Shareholder Meeting on June 13, 2007.
Go-around and say name, city/state, organizational affiliation
back from Matt and Chicago CAT group, re: logistics of meeting location
Continue discussing strategy for actions at the CAT
Shareholder Meeting on June 13, 2007
YOUR HELP, IDEAS AND WISDOM, SO PLEASE JOIN US NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT!
NATIONAL CAT CAMPAIGN IS MAKING A
CRITICAL IMPACT ON THE CATERPILAR COPORATION AND
THE BDS MOVEMENT.
ACTIONS ARE VITAL TO SUSTAIN
PRESSURE ON THE CAT CORPORATION
DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR EXCITING NEXT
2. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
* AFSC Resource:Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Reading &
The Middle East Peacebuilding Program has just released a new resource -
A Reading and Discussion Guide for Palestine:
Peace Not Apartheid. This 8-page guide is intended to facilitate discussion
of President Jimmy Carter's book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, by
book groups, social action groups, classes, and other interested parties. You
can find the guide and other materials related to President Carter's book on
the AFSC website(http://www.afsc.org/carter-discussion/)
The Middle East Peacebuilding Program has also printed a pamphlet-sized
version of the guide so please contact Adam
Horowitz (AHorowitz@afsc.org) if you
would be interested in making a bulk order.
* Occupation 101 to be released
long awaited U.S.
release of 'Occupation 101' is finally here.The official DVD release date is set for May 15th 2007.You will be able to purchase the DVD online
at www.occupation101.com (U.S only).
101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths
surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and dispels many of its
long-perceived myths and misconceptions. The film also details life under
Israeli military rule, the United
States' role, and sheds light on the major
obstacles which stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace.
other film ever produced on the conflict -– ‘Occupation 101’ explains the
situation in a comprehensive manner and gives audiences a complete context in
which to better understand the Israeli-Palestinian encounter. The film depicts
the root causes of the conflict through Israeli, Jewish, Christian, Muslim,
American, and Palestinian voices that are rarely ever heard through mainstream
To read more, click here.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL
*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: May 26th-June 9th;
July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November
10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations to
Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to Israel
so that US citizens can see the conflict with their own eyes. Participants have
the opportunity to learn directly from Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent
peace/human-rights activists, to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes,
and to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military
occupation. For more information, contact the IFPB office directly by phone
(202-244-0821) or email email@example.com.
May 24th – August 16th,
2007: Join Middle
East Fellowship for Palestine
Summer Encounter 2007
East fellowship, in partnership with Holy
Land Trust invites you to participate in the fourth annual Palestine Summer
Encounter, a two month Arabic-training and volunteer program, starting on May
purpose of the program is to create a dialogue between Palestinians and members
of the global community. During the program, participants will learn beginner
or intermediate conversational Arabic through language immersion and class and
partner with Palestinian non-profit organizations as a volunteer. Click here for more detailed
* May 26th – June 9th,
2007: Join Interfaith
Peace-Builders (IFPB) & the Americans Friends
Service Committee (AFSC) to travel to IsraelPalestine:
Assessing the Prospects for Peace: 40 Years of Occupation, 40 Years of
May 26 –
June 9, 2007
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IPFB) and the American Friends Service Committee
(AFSC) to travel to Israel/Palestine. June, 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of
the 1967 war and the beginning of the Israeli military occupation of the West
Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, which remains as
one of the greatest obstacles to peace in the Middle East.
delegation provides a unique opportunity to focus on the current situation in
Israel/Palestine and understand the effects of the ongoing Israeli occupation.
Your on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as
you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice,
and witness the current realities of life in Israel and the occupied Palestinian
territories. In addition, you will confront and analyze the US
role in the conflict, and wrestle with ways to translate your experience to
others when you return home.
Click here for more information.
* June 2nd – 20th,
International Voluntary Work Camp
An-NajahNationalUniversity is pleased to invite youth and
adults up to 35, to take part in the “Step in the right direction” summer work
camp. This project has been designed to provide international students and
professionals the opportunity to meet and discuss the Middle
East conflict, share ideas, enhance practical skills, foster
relationships, and give assistance to members of the Palestinian community.
international summer work camp, “Step in the right direction”, will bring
together 25 young people from around the world who are interested in helping
create a better world. We are specifically targeting people who are working
with organizations led by young people that address humanitarian issues and
social justice. We strongly encourage highly motivated and serious young men
and women to apply.
information, please click here (http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2007/announcing.htm)
* July 20th-25th
and August 20th-25th, 2007: Birthright Unplugged
Delegations to Israel/Palestine
thinking of going to Palestine/Israel this summer?
interested in meeting Palestinian families, activists, community leaders, and
political figures, and learning about life under occupation? Are you committed
to turning education into action and working for justice?
BIRTHRIGHT UNPLUGGED is for you!
for a 6-day educational trip through the West Bank
to visit Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps.The trip is designed to put you in
conversation with people who you may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet
and equip you to return to your community and work for change.
Unplugged trips will run from JULY 20-25, 2007 and AUGUST 20-25, 2007.Dates are subject to change.
application deadline is Tuesday, MAY 15, 2007.Trips run every summer and winter.
Birthright Unplugged is designed primarily for Jewish people, we welcome people
of all backgrounds on our trips.We also
welcome individuals of all ages, and have traveled with people ages 9-70.
information about the itinerary, costs, trip leaders, and application
materials, visit www.birthrightunplugged.org.
Summer – Fall 2007 Schedule: August
12th – 22nd, December 2nd – 12th:
Global Exchange’s Delegations to
Palestine & Israel
Global Exchange’s delegations to
Palestine & Israel provide first-hand exposure to the daily struggles and
realities of Palestinians living under Occupation. The delegations strive
to further the US
public's understanding of the conflict by listening to the aspirations and
frustrations of Palestinians, by examining the dimensions of the human rights
crisis under Israeli rule, as well as learning from Palestinians and Israelis
who are working for a just peace and an end to the Occupation.
For more information you can contact Global Exchange (800-497-1994 x. 251) or
April 21 – May 1, 2007 <http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/802.html>
August 12 – 22, 2007 <http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/803.html>
December 2 – 12, 2007
* Summer 2007: Resisting Occupation—Constructing
Peace: 2007 ICAHD Summer Rebuilding
July 14 –
July 29, 2007: For the fifth year in a row, the Israeli Committee Against House
is offering a summer work camp intended to foster learning and friendship
between Palestinians, Israelis and internationals. Twenty five internationals
will work alongside Israelis and Palestinians to rebuild the home of a
Palestinian family whose house has been demolished by the Israeli authorities.
In addition, participants will learn about the facts on the ground through a
full program including presentations from key organizations working for a just
peace in Palestine and Israel and tours to other parts of the OccupiedTerritories,
Jerusalem and Israel.
application form and all inquiries regarding the camp please contact ICAHD’s International
Coordinator, Lucia Pizarro firstname.lastname@example.org. US Participants may contact Richard
Wark at email@example.com.
Delegation August 2007: Come with MECA to Palestine/Israel!
years, MECA has taken small groups to the West Bank, Gaza
and Israel.MECA staff and local guides introduce you to
activists, journalists, aid workers, teachers, social workers and others living
under occupation. We’ll stay with our “Ibdaa family” in Dheisheh refugee camp,
and visit other MECA partners and friends throughout Palestine/
information, please contact:
Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness firstname.lastname@example.org,
in Tel Rumeida!
Rumeida Project is an organization solely for work purposes (i.e. it is not
an organization for its own sake.) Therefore, volunteers are expected to
be able to function well with instruction and independently. Volunteers will be
working in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida, Hebron, keeping a presence on the streets to
prevent against settler attacks and soldier/police harassment of the
Palestinian residents who live in the neighborhood. For more information,
please see http://www.telrumeidaproject.org/Volunteer.html
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