AIPAC Is Afraid of Us!
The last two months have seen a lot of activity around our two corporate boycott and divestment campaigns, from over two-dozen events during our March month of action, to protests at the Motorola shareholders' meeting last week. Just one day before Motorola's shareholders' meeting, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) Executive Director made an impassioned speech about the efficacy of boycott and divestment campaigns. Now, join us as we gear up for Caterpillar's shareholders' meeting on June 10th.
Our Hang Up On Motorola campaign has grown by leaps and bounds in the year since it was launched. We now have 330 folks organizing this boycott locally, and we recently demonstrated at Motorola's annual shareholders' meeting. All of these actions have added up to lots of new media exposure for the Hang Up On Motorola boycott, including a feature in The Arab American News, a column syndicated by Agence Global, and coverage on KBOO in Portland, OR and WCEV in Chicago, IL. The shareholder meeting was also a crucial event in publicizing our campaign on blogs and websites.
US Campaign supporters from as far away as Ann Arbor traveled to Chicago to join the Coalition Against Apartheid in Palestine, DePaul Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East outside of the shareholders' meeting. These advocates for justice educated Motorola shareholders about their culpability for Israel's military occupation and apartheid practices. Inside the meeting, our shareholding allies proposed a human rights resolution. While the human rights resolution didn't pass this time, it did garner enough votes to be voted on again next year - an important victory in our ongoing campaign to hold Motorola accountable. Our online-activism surrounding the Motorola shareholders' meeting smashed our expectations, with our supporters sending over 3,700 emails demanding accountability from Motorola's management. Now keep the pressure up, click here to sign up for a Hang Up On Motorola local campaign kit.
Our Stop Caterkiller campaign has been going strong since 2005 and we're not out of steam yet. We're cooking up big plans for demonstrating at the Caterpillar shareholders' meeting in Chicago on June 10th. Click here to RSVP to demonstrate outside of the Caterpillar shareholders' meeting or click here to email the US Campaign's National Organizer to help plan the demonstration. We're also calling for protests at Cat dealerships and corporate offices across the country. If you can't make it to Chicago, then click here to email the US Campaign's National Organizer to learn how to organize a demonstration in your area.
US Campaign member groups across the country continue to increase pressure on corporations complicit in occupation and apartheid in Israel/Palestine. We've even recently earned the ire of AIPAC. Click here to view AIPAC's Executive Director warning their annual conference about the danger that the growing global boycott & divestment movement poses to Israel's continued military occupation.
One of our member groups, Adalah - NY, recently used Mothers' Day as an opportunity to tell mothers and those who buy gifts for them to avoid notorious settlement builder Lev Leviev's jewelry. Click here to view a video of this action.
Since Hampshire college became the first U.S. academic institution to divest from Israel's occupation in February, we've been contacted by dozens of campuses interested in starting boycott & divestment campaigns, including 25 campuses that applied to host our campus boycott & divestment organizing tour this coming October. We hope to announce selected cities for the tour by the end of the May, and have already started working with our summer intern from Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine to formulate workshops and training sessions for the tour.
Please support our ongoing boycott and divestment organizing. While our budget will never be the size of AIPAC, we clearly get more bang for the buck. Make a tax-deductible contribution today to keep AIPAC on the run!