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Take Action - Keep the pressure on Motorola

April 10th, 2009

Last week we found out that Motorola has met our first boycott demand - they no longer sell the Israeli military bomb fuzes.  Instead of resting on our laurels, we need to seize this opportunity to push twice as hard on our second and third demands.  Now is the time to strengthen our campaign.

We want everyone to be able to help hang up on Motorola so we've come up with six different ways to take action - everything from creative arts, to public protest, to sustaining us financially, to just clicking a button will help us force Motorola's hand at this crucial time.

  1. Win up to $500 by using your creativity to make a 30 second to two minute video turning a Motorola advertisement around to tell the truth about Moto's ongoing support for Israel's occupation and apartheid practices.  Click here for more information, including official rules and application, about our Spoof Moto video contest.

  2. Protest on May 4th.  Motorola's annual shareholder meeting will be in Chicago on May 4th.  The US Campaign and our allies will be pressuring those profiting most directly from Moto's crimes in Palestine/Israel both inside and outside the meeting.  Our shareholding allies will be supporting a human rights resolution in the meeting and the US Campaign will be coordinating a presence outside of the meeting.  Click here to RSVP to participate in the protest in Chicago or click here to email our National Organizer about organizing a solidarity protest at a Motorola facility in your area.

  3. Bring the US Campaign to your area for Boycott & Divestment education, training & action planning.  Get more information, including selection criteria and application materials, for our fall 2009 campus boycott & divestment organizing tour by clicking here.  We invite student, faculty, alumni and community groups to apply to join the US Campaign on this tour.  Apply now, the deadline is April 20th!

  4. Organize the Hang Up On Motorola boycott in your area.  Sign up here to get a campaign kit with everything you will need to work as a group or an individual to hold Motorola accountable for their role in human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

  5. Make a tax-deductible donation to support our boycott & divestment campaigns.  Our first campaign victory was sustained by donations from people like you, now it's up to you to ensure that we attain our second and third demands.  A donation of only $10 will send a campaign kit to a new Hang Up On Motorola organizer.  A donation of $500 will sponsor a tour stop on our campus tour.  Any amount will sustain this surging campaign.  Make a $30 donation now and receive a print of the winning poster entry, Parachutes Falling, from our Expressions of Nakba art competition.  Make a $50 contribution and receive a DVD of the award winning film Occupation 101.  If you sustain us at the $100 or greater level we will send you both gifts as a sign of our appreciation for your support.

  6. Send an email to Motorola's CEO and VP for Investor Relations.  Send an email asking Motorola's senior decision makers to explain why they work for profit at the expense of human rights for Palestinians.  Click here to let Greg Brown and Dean Lindroth know that even if you can't make it to personally greet them at the Chicago shareholder meeting, you are still concerned about Moto's support for Israeli violations of international law.

Now that Motorola has sold its bomb fuze department we're happy to be able to check the first demand off of our list, but we know that the next victories will be even tougher.  Stand with us as we continue working to pressure Motorola to stop selling communications equipment, including cell phones and radar detection devices, and surveillance equipment, including the "Stronghold Surveillance System," and components for drone interfaces used by the Israeli military.