during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver this week were non-stop and frenetic—and
the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation was in the thick of it all thanks
to your generous support!
US Campaign DNC headquarters at Progressive Central.
|On Monday, we set up our DNC
headquarters at Progressive Central, a five-day forum sponsored by our friends
at Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and The Nation. While we were there, we had hundreds of
substantive discussions with Members of Congress, Congressional candidates,
leaders of local party committees, and delegates to the convention—exactly the
type of people who we need to educate in order to change policy.
everyone with whom we talked responded positively and enthusiastically to our
campaign to challenge military aid to Israel, a theme which fits in
nicely with PDA’s motto “Healthcare Not Warfare”.
the evening, we tabled with Friends of Sabeel—Colorado, one of the more than
255 member organizations of the US Campaign, at a panel discussion sponsored by
Just Foreign Policy. Check out the nice
shout-out we got from Leslie Cagan, National Coordinator of United for Peace
and Justice, plugging our work on a future broadcast of Free Speech TV.
The empty railing was where the US Campaign had hung its banner.
|On Tuesday, we returned to our
headquarters at Progressive Central only to notice that someone had stolen our
banner! Either someone really liked our message
and wanted to spread it or, more likely, wasn’t too pleased to see us with such
a big presence in Denver
and trashed it.
Never mind that—the theft of our banner didn’t stop us from distributing 1000’s
of postcards calling for the United States
to cut off military aid to Israel. Our volunteer teams got postcards in the
hands of DNC delegates, Congressional candidates, Members of Congress, and even
celebrities.One of our volunteers
bumped into filmmaker Spike Lee on the streets of Denver and handed him a postcard, which he read
intently and then stuck in his pocket.
Hanging out with Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
|Tuesday evening we partied with a purpose. First, we attended a political action committee (PAC) reception and
spoke with several Members of Congress and half a dozen Congressional
candidates. All of them received our
postcards and primers written by our very own Steering Committee member Phyllis
Bennis. Some of them even asked us to be
in touch with them so that we could discuss our concerns more in depth.
From there, we headed to a late-night reception hosted by Rep. Dennis Kucinich
who spoke to a standing-room only audience at a bar. In response to a question from an audience
member, Rep. Kucinich reiterated his strong support for a balanced U.S.
policy toward Israel/Palestine and for Palestinian human rights. Afterwards, we made sure to thank him
personally for his dedication and courage.
"Free Palestine--End the Occupation" rally in Civic Center Park.
|Wednesday featured a “Free
Palestine—End the Occupation” rally in Civic Center Park, organized by
Friends of Sabeel-Colorado and cosponsored by the US Campaign. There we talked to the media and distributed
information to the thousands of passersby.
In the evening, we tabled at a panel discussion on corporate power.Check out the shout-out from former
presidential candidate David Cobb plugging the work of the US Campaign in
general and our corporate accountability campaigns against Motorola and
Caterpillar in particular on a future broadcast of Free Speech TV.
Leafletting at Invesco Field at Mile High.
|On Thursday, we wound down our table
at Progressive Central and headed out to distribute information to the tens of
thousands of people who lined up to get inside Invesco Field to watch Sen. Barack
Obama accept his party’s nomination for president. People who stood in line for hours under the
blazing sun were glad to have some information to read to take their minds off
of the heat and many thanked us for our work.
Watching Obama's speech at the Denver airport.
|Sitting in the Denver airport
watching Sen. Obama deliver his acceptance speech, it is hard to convey how
proud I feel about the great work that we accomplished this week during the DNC
thanks to our supporters who donated generously to make our presence possible
and our tireless volunteers who handled the on-the-ground logistics so ably and
who gave so freely of their time and hospitality.
After working with the US Campaign for more than five years to change our
country’s policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international
law, and equality for all, I can’t tell you how gratifying it was to hear
Members of Congress this week thank us for the work that we’re doing, agree
with us that flooding Israel with $30 billion in additional weapons won’t bring
peace, and ask for more information from us!
We can take a great deal of satisfaction from the fact that our work has
thoroughly penetrated not only the consciousness of rank-and-file political
activists, but is beginning to get through to decision-makers as well. No doubt that we are on the right path toward
changing our country’s policy!
enough of patting ourselves on the back—we’ve got a lot more to do and we need
your support to do it. Please make your
generous tax-deductible contribution today so that we can continue our
non-partisan educational work at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul next week by
you’d like to help us duplicate our DNC efforts during the RNC in St. Paul, please contact
National Organizer Katherine Fuchs at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 202-332-0994 to get involved.
PS—Don’t forget that our banner got stolen in Denver. Make your generous tax-deductible contribution today so that we can
print an even bigger and better banner and show whoever stole it that the US
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation isn’t going away! Make your contribution by clicking here.
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