Occupation End Notes | May 10, 2007
Occupation End Notes, May 10th, 2007
Volume 4 Number 16
In this issue...
2. Resources and Events: AFSC’s
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
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
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Each one is $20 which includes shipping and handling. Order one of each today to
help support and get the word out about
the June 10 protest against Israeli occupation!
You can 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 before ordering.
Check out additional merchandise we have available in our on-line store by clicking here.
We've 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
PRESS CONFERENCE: GROUPS LAUNCH METRO ADS AGAINST ISRAELI OCCUPATION
Press Conference Launching Metro Ads against 40 Years of Israeli Military
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.
The 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 Jerusalem.
* A change
additional information on the national rally and march to protest
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
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
A full-scale version of the metro rail advertisement will be displayed at the press conference.
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 200
organizations working to end
Peace and Justice is the country's largest anti-war coalition, composed of more
than 1,400 organizations, working to end the
SECURITY MARSHALS NEEDED FOR JUNE 10
The 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.
The 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.
We will 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.
EVERYONE 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 no exceptions.
If you are interested or want more information, or wish to sign up, please contact: email@example.com
Thank you for your activism and commitment.
In peace and resistance,
GET ON THE BUS!
being organized already from
We've also posted a schedule of events taking places on June 10-11, including times for the teach-in, rally, march, cultural event, and grassroots lobbying day training.
You can 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
looking for or have transportation to
posted affordable housing options in the
SIGN UP FOR JUNE 11 GRASSROOTS LOBBYING DAY
People 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.
We've 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.
We need 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.
You can 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
More than 225 organizations have endorsed the political demands of the mobilization, which are:
* 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.
You can 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.
You can also read the more detailed call to action, issued by the US Campaign and UFPJ.
SUPPORT THIS MOBILIZATION
We 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.
For a 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!
* Join National Call to discuss
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
PURPOSE: The purpose of the call is to:
national actions, local and nationally coordinated, for the
a) Introductions: Go-around and say name, city/state, organizational affiliation
b) Report back from Matt and Chicago CAT group, re: logistics of meeting location
Continue discussing strategy for actions at the
WE NEED YOUR HELP, IDEAS AND WISDOM, SO PLEASE JOIN US NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT!
2. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
* AFSC Resource:
The Middle East Peacebuilding Program has just released a new resource -
A Reading and Discussion Guide for
* Occupation 101 to be released
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
Unlike any 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 media outlets.
To read more, click here.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: May 26th-June 9th; July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations to Israel/Palestine
Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
May 24th – August 16th,
2007: Join Middle
East Fellowship for
Middle 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 24th, 2007.
The 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 information.
* May 26th – June 9th,
2007: Join Interfaith
Peace-Builders (IFPB) & the Americans Friends
Service Committee (AFSC) to travel to
Delegation to Israel/Palestine
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
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
Click here for more information.
* June 2nd – 20th, 2007: Zajel International Voluntary Work Camp
The 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.
For more 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
Are you thinking of going to Palestine/Israel this summer?
Are you 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?
Then BIRTHRIGHT UNPLUGGED is for you!
for a 6-day educational trip through the
Birthright Unplugged trips will run from JULY 20-25, 2007 and AUGUST 20-25, 2007.Dates are subject to change.
The application deadline is Tuesday, MAY 15, 2007.Trips run every summer and winter.
While 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.
For more 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
* Summer 2007: Resisting Occupation—Constructing Peace: 2007 ICAHD Summer Rebuilding Experience
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
For an 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.
* MECA Delegation August 2007: Come with MECA to Palestine/Israel!
years, MECA has taken small groups to the West Bank,
For information, please contact:
Deborah Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
*Volunteer 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,
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