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Prop. #1

Proposal for a mass human rights march to the PalestinianTerritories to take place in December [www.marchforhumanity.org]

1. Submitted by If Americans Knew, with support from the Council for the National Interest, the International Solidarity Movement, Citizens for Fair Legislation, and the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition.

2. We propose that hundreds of Americans of all ethnicities and backgrounds - many of them elders -converge in Jordan in December in a nonviolent, Gandhian march to the PalestinianTerritories on behalf of human rights, global peace and stability, and a reversal of the world?s wild drive into an ever-darkening future. Modeled on the civil rights marchers and Freedom Riders of the past who went to the American South to oppose racism and injustice, this march will shine light on the responsibility of Americans ? whose tax dollars are empowering Israeli atrocities -- to bring an end to the violence.

3. A national ? and international -- action. In discussing this idea with people from Connecticut, Utah, California, WashingtonD.C., Canada, Palestine, and Norway we have found considerable excitement. We are asking prominent figures to participate, and anticipate that the immensity of the march and the diversity of the participants will compel media coverage.

4. This event will require energetic outreach to Americans of all political, ethnic, and religious backgrounds; media coordination; and extremely detailed logistical organizing. We will need organizers in each state, internationally, and are putting together a team to make arrangements on the ground in Jordan and Palestine.


Prop. #2

Students for a Free Palestine

WHEREAS the mission of the US Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation (US Campaign) is "...to change those US policies that sustain Israel's 36-year occupation of Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem and deny equal rights for all", and

WHEREAS US Campaign strategy is to inform, educate, and mobilize the public regarding the US role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and


WHEREAS student movements have historically been a primary and in many cases THE primary force for positive social change (such as South Africa, Indonesia/East Timor, the USA, Serbia and countless other places), and

WHEREAS there is a strong current of activism on college campuses and in hall of high school for focused and strategic action for combating the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Lands.



THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation provide resources to create "Students for a Free Palestine", and in order to accomplish this an advisory or other working group be set up at the July 2003 Organizer's Conference to take the necessary steps to put this project in place.


Prop. #3

Submitted by Jewish Voice for Peace and SUSTAIN


Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift
US policy.)

At this moment, we don't have a proposal that should go to all the members of the US Campaign. We do want to meet with other organizations that have an interest in taking on the Caterpillar campaign. SUSTAIN has been serious about the campaign for a long time, and JVP has just made an organization-wide commitment to the campaign and will thus be much more involved than in the past. We want to talk with other groups that are interested in making a commitment to moving this campaign forward, and we want to set up a structure to do so.




Prop. #4

I suggest the following for an action plan

  1. Get the 6 states that have trade offices in Jerusalem to close them. For example, New Mexico has a trade office in Jerusalem. New Mexico has little trade with Israel. This is just political cover, but costs a poor state real money.

  2. b. Enlist retired Foreign Service Offices, C.I.A. officials and retired military to speak out against U.S. policy. Their voices would carry some weight with the general public and more with the foreign policy elite of this country. Many are very angry with Bush for supporting Sharon.

    Robert Thomas


Prop. #5

1. Submitted by Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine

2. Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift
US policy.)

We have been highlighting major traffic areas in the metropolitan
Boston area with our STOP campaign. Our participants hold up signs in the shape of stop signs that say several things as:
US/Israel Stop the Occupation, Stop the Bulldozing of Palestinian Homes, Stop the starvation of Palestinian Children....Additionally, we hand out leaflets that on one side provide more details on each of the signs, and the other provides action steps and resources.

3a. Should this be a nationwide action? (Describe the results you have had in doing this work, and potential impact nationwide. Maximum 50 words)

This can be done in any community. Our leafleting and signing has been an organizing and educational tool


3b. Should this be a regional action? (Describe the results you have had doing this work and potential impact at a regional level or in specific states or groups of states. Maximum 50 words)

It brings visibility to the issue and is an organizing tool.
We have recruited people to join the campaign and have had the opportunity to engage with many residents or passersby about the
issues.

4. What resources will this action need? (Maximum 50 words)

Resources include: materials and information to make the signs, a coordinator to organize the action and participants to hold signs and leaflet. We found that we needed 5-7 people for each action.


Prop. #6

I think the most important aspect of the Israeli domination over Palestine is the ignorance of the true history of the conflict under which the rest of the world labors. My proposal is to develop an information campaign that lays out in simple small steps the facts of history that are deliberately and systematically suppressed by western governments and media. This information campaign would start with the first act of violence perpetrated by the invading foreign Zionists around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century and continue with airtight documentation of each incident of terrorism, naming names, places and details of the events. These very short pamphlets would be issued at regular intervals and would be designed to make it possible for people with short attention spans to get the facts and hold them in their brainwashed minds a little at a time until the weight of the information counterbalances the lies that they have been fed for the last 100 years.

Peace,
Jon Paul McClellan


Prop. #7


Debunking the Christian Right


1. Submitted by Martha Reese.

2. Proposal for action.
Why are so many evangelical Christians so convinced that the dispossession and oppression of the Palestinians is the fulfillment of God╣s will? How can those who preach God's love demonstrate such callous disregard for an entire group of people, while celebrating nationalism, greed, militarism, and ethnic cleansing as the will of the God? Is there a way to expose this
viewpoint as anti-God, sinful, errant, blind, and phenomenally dangerous? Is there a way to reach Christian Zionists on their own terms?

I propose that the U.S. Campaign invite several enlightened Christian scholars to produce an accessible, brief, persuasive treatment that attempts to un-brainwash Christian Zionists using Christian theology, Biblical quotes, and anecdotal stories that portray the Palestinians as sympathetic individuals. This digestible tract should help Christian Zionists see through the bigoted, insidious influence of their spokespersons and leaders.



3. Should this be a regional action?

Local activist teams can approach staff at evangelical churches. Pass out to congregants. Find conferences, "revivals" and large public events featuring evangelists, work the crowds and cars in parking lots.

4. What resources will this action need?

The dream-team of writers for such a tract might include several Illinoisans living in convenient proximity: Don Wagner, Bob Worley, Jim Wall, and Dr. Gary Burge (author of
│WhoseLand? Who?s Promise? What Christians are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians,▓ professor of New Testament at WheatonCollege). Such a tract could incorporate the work of Michael Prior, Stephen Sizer, Chapter 3 of Sami Hadawi╣s book│ Bitter Harvest,▓ Rosemary Radford Ruether, Tony Campolo, and many others.


Prop. #8


Stop Funding Settlements: They Sabotage the Peace Process

1. Submitted by
Martha Reese.

2. Proposal for action

President Bush has issued demands that funding and support be cut off │for anybody who tries to sabotage the peace process.▓ In Bush╣s limited view, this practice should be applied to funding channels that support Palestinian terrorism. Of the myriad grotesque expressions of Occupation, the settlements are widely recognized as being an │obstacle to peace.▓ The "Wexner Analysis," leaked in April, admits that the settlements are a public relations │Achilles heel.▓ Let us, then, create a campaign exploiting this and demand that funding and support for the settlements be cut off.--demand that settlement funding be made illegal whether by wealthy private donors, Christian evangelical organizations, or Jewish "charitable" organizations, using similar executive-branch and legal instruments to those used to cut off funds to terrorist organizations.

--demand an end to unrestricted U.S. economic aid to Israel that is, ultimately, used for the building of settlements, and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel, that frees Israeli assets for settlement-building that might otherwise have been used on militarization.

3a. Should this be a nationwide action?

Nationwide, local, media, legislative, community education.


4. What resources will this action need?

Fact sheets or brochure to empower legislative activism, community education, media advocacy. Maps showing proliferation of settlements. Anecdotal "human stories" about dire effects of settlement on indigenous Palestinian life. Outline steps used by Bush Administration to stop funds flow to terrorist organizations.


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Resources and References available if proposal is adopted.


Prop. #9

1. Submitted by SUSTAIN

2. Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift US policy.)


The goal of the action is to pressure the Caterpillar Corporation to end all sales of equipment to the IDF and make a public statement that this is in reaction to this equipment being used in crimes against humanity.It would be an international campaign involving education, protest,
various sorts of theatrical actions, boycotts by construction firms, etc. At present many groups are working on this project already.Jewish Voice for Peace has made it a priority. Groups in England and Italy have had major actions against Cat. Numerous other groups in the US have endorsed the campaign. So it should not be seen primarily as a sustain campaign, or even anymore a sustain proposal.

3a. Should this be a nationwide action? (Describe the results you have had in doing this work, and potential impact nationwide. Maximum 50 words)

Actually international as Cat has business and offices throughout the world. To date there have been protest and theater actions at around a dozen Cat offices in the US. There have been at least three major actions in Britain, and two by Ya Basta in Italy -- the latter involving fairly serious civil disobedience. Many organizations have written letters to Cat to protest their supplying equipment for human rights violations. We have people approaching Arab contractors to ask them to boycott Cat. We are planning a national strategy meeting on the campaign and a major action at corporate headquarters in Peoria.

Or

3b. Should this be a regional action? (Describe the results you have had doing this work and potential impact at a regional level or in specific states or groups of states. Maximum 50 words)


4. What resources will this action need? (Maximum 50 words)
Well, it can go on at a low level with few resources or at a much larger one with more. This all depends on how extensive and serious people want the campaign to be.


Prop. #10

1. Submitted by Kiki Montamat of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME)


2. As a tool of Education for Mobilization, set up a "film festival" on the Palestinian experience. Documentaries make connections intellectually and emotionally. They educate Americans on the hidden history of this conflict and give us a more accurate understanding of current events. And documentaries put a human face on this war, showing the Palestinians as people just like us, concerned about loss of jobs and destruction of their property, traumatized by violence and frightened for their children's future. Americans are also introduced to the existence of Jewish critics of Israeli policies, which, given the unbalanced status quo, validates dissent.


3. This can be a nationwide initiative. We showed 7 films at a church where there's significant discomfort about addressing the conflict. Most attendees were not "in the choir". Offering numerous titles made it easier for people to catch at least one. I made substantial introductory comments, addressing contentious issues head on and weaving in current events, and led the discussion afterwards. We got a lot of positive feedback. This series helped normalize discussion of the topic, and provides a basis for further organizing and activism.


4. Resources required: purchase price for the videos, and some sort of "community space" with a TV and VCR. The videos (title list below) cost about $200 total (prices from $15 to $45). Snacks (optional) added about $40 to the budget. More aggressive advertising and more titles are planned for next season.

Title List:
1. Beyond the Mirage: the Face of Occupation (2002)
2. Tragedy in the
Holy Land: the Second Uprising (2001)
3. People and the Land (1997)
4. USS Liberty: Dead in the Water (2002)
5. Gaza Strip (2002)
6. Jenin Jenin (2002)
7. Palestine is Still the Issue, with John Pilger (2002)


Prop. #11

Proposal: "Never Again allow Sharon to provoke and succeed in shifting blame for violence."

What is the proposal:

End the Occupation will establish a campaign committee to identify and campaign against any Israeli provocation that could derail the ceasefire and the Roadmap, including targeted assassinations, arrests, repression of peaceful demonstrators, land seizures, and house demolitions. We will begin by circulating for signatures an open letter. We will also use articles, pickets, demonstrations, joint demonstrations with Palestinians, and other means to focus on the Israeli actions that appear intended to provoke Palestinian violence so Israel can shift blame for the rerailing. We can and will take action so never again will Sharon be able to provoke and shift the blame for the violence.

Why this proposal:

Israel has initiated violence to prevent other ceasefires and derail other peace initiates. While the Roadmap is far from perfect, Sharon and his settler supporters are very hostile to the Roadmap. They at least want to avoid terms including dismantling outposts built since the Intifada began and they certainly do not want to go further. Thus, they will likely continue with provocations to derail while making every effort to shift blame for the derailing to Palestinian groups. Then they can resume large scale repression and expand settlements. We have seen this familiar pattern since Sharon's visit to the TempleMount followed by the shooting of dozens of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli soldiers the next day.

The mass media usually ignores the Israeli provocations and focuses on the Palestinian response, as happened again recently with the violence following the June 4 Aqaba summit when Sharon began the violence by killing two Hamas men on June 5, the day after the summit. That sparked the Hamas attack on the Erez junction that killed four Israeli soldiers. Sharon then shot a missile at Hamas political leader Rantisi on June 10, wounding him and killing four others. Then Hamas responded on June 11 with the wanted suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed 17 and nearly derailed the Roadmap. End the Occupation, in conjunction with the broader peace movement and Jewish peace organizations in the US and in other countries can succeed in highlighting the provocations and restricting Israel from shifting blame for violence. We can educate the broader peace movement and the general public that the onus for violence is on Sharon's pro-settler government.

Jimmy Leas


James Marc Leas
www.vermontpatentlawyer.com



Prop. #12

Submitted by The Kansas Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East

We, the Kansas Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East, respectfully request your consideration of our ideas:

1. The US Campaign, led by its steering committee, should provide bolder political leadership with regard to the ?Roadmap.?

Local affiliates look to the US Campaign for stronger guidance on how to respond to the ?Roadmap.? Are we to demand its timely implementation, condemn it as a ?Roadmap to nowhere,? or what? We respect the US Campaign Steering Committee for its diversity and the good names of its members and their organizations, and we think it is the task of the steering committee to struggle as long as needed to reach a unified position on the ?Roadmap, to distribute a concise and clear analysis, and to identify appropriate strategies and tactics with which to respond

2. Congressional and Education for Mobilization: DEMAND INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS

The US Campaign should organize public and congressional pressure (and pressure from the Democratic Presidential candidates) for international observers, perhaps from the UN, to be sent to the OccupiedTerritories. This organizing should be both within and outside of the context of the Rachel Corrie Resolution.

Connected to this campaign should be pressure for the cessation of land seizures, home demolitions, settlement building, and all violations of international law and human rights.

3. Congressional and Education for Mobilization: MAKE THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION AN ELECTION ISSUE

The US Campaign should contact the campaigns of each of the democratic presidential candidates, to offer and provide expert information and materials, to "educate" them on the issue.

The US Campaign should organize local activists and affiliate groups to attend public campaign events, "town hall meetings," press conferences-- especially during the democratic primaries -- to question the candidates on these issues.

The US Campaign should get each of the democratic candidates "on the record" with views and positions relative to the occupation, the "Roadmap," and a plan for a just peace.

The candidates should know that "everywhere" they go, they will be asked about the occupation and will have to state, restate or defend their positions, and that many potential supporters who raise these questions oppose the occupation.

The US Campaign should coordinate eliciting and compiling these statements and positions nationally, publish them, and distribute them broadly, along with critiques of their positions, to activists, journalists, and the news media generally.


Prop. #13

Bret Davis Eartheart, Indiana Peace and Justice Network.

Proposed campaign: Organizing independent fact-finding delegations (co-sponsored by US
Campaign?) on a state or regional level. Delegations are perhaps the best way to get activists empowered and committed to take action on this issue and are also an effective and powerful way to educate the American public as delegates return to the
US and give presentations on their experiences. These fact-finding delegations, because of their inspiring nature, can potentially be instrumental in broadening the activist base of people working on this issue and also add much more weight to a citizens credentials when lobbying their Congressional representatives.

This campaign to organize delegations should be done on a statewide basis (states that can not recruit 7-10 delegates can team up with adjoining states).
Statewide organization of delegations can be especially effective for our movement in creating vibrant statewide networks of activists because the delegates themselves will, in essence, become a synergistic statewide network through their bonding and life altering experience together.

Individuals fundraise the costs of the delegation ($2000-2200) themselves. Local organizations support the delegation with promotion and publicity (an excellent media opportunity!). Bret Davis Eartheart and others will provide campaign support in the
US and will organize and lead the delegations in Palestine and Israel pro bono (excepting some expenses).

Thank you for your work. To give you an idea of who I am my bio follows.

Bret Davis Eartheart, 32, from
Bloomington, IN, USA, has worked as a committed activist for over ten years.Initially an environmentalist working with the
Hoosier Environmental Council, How On Earth! And Turtle Island Center (a Deep Ecology retreat center), in the past three years Bret's activism has transitioned to Human Rights issues. In January of 2001 he traveled to East Timor and worked to identify grassroots social empowerment organizations there to give small grants to. In Feb 2002 he spent six weeks in Palestine and Israel, participating in a Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegation and then afterwards participating in Human Rights activism with Christian Peacemaker Teams and International Solidarity Movement. He returned to Palestine and Israel for two weeks in Dec. 2002 to Jan.2003 to do Human Rights activism in Palestine with the International
Solidarity Movement and then went on to Baghdad for a month to be part of the Iraq Peace Team. He is currently working on creating a sister city project between Bloomington, Indiana and Ramallah, Palestine (for more info go to Reachouttoramallah.org) and is organizing the Indiana Delegation to Israel and Palestine. He will be leading that delegation from
August 9th-23rd and then plans on staying in Palestine to perform more Human Rights activism afterwards.


Prop. #14

1. Submitted by Global Exchange

2. Proposal for action

Since 1967,
Israel has successfully created │facts on the ground▓ to claim Palestinian territory. All of the │peace processes▓ held the assumption that Palestinians would further compromise away their land and resources to allow for illegal Israeli settlements and by-pass roads to remain under Israeli control.

Global Exchange invites the US Campaign to make stopping the Apartheid Wall our number one priority as a national coalition.
Israel is using the issue of security as a cover for permanently annexing up to 55% of the West Bank. If allowed to be completed, the wall will have lasting disastrous effects on the Palestinian people, threatening their very survival, and will further entrench Israel╣s hold on Palestinian land.

3a.
This would be a nationwide educational campaign as well as a series of coordinated actions:
* Demonstrations at Israeli consulates: "Tear down this wall,
Sharon!" (referring to the Berlin Wall, for those who remember the 80's!)
* National lobby days, with educational materials presented to Members of Congress on the wall/fence. We would want to focus on this leading up to the time that the U.S. appropriates its military aid to Israel to really call that aid into question.
* Experts on the Wall from Palestine should be brought on national speaking tours (PENGON and other orgs working on this issue)


4. What resources will this action need?

This campaign will require the commitment, time and money required under any other campaign: brochures/flyers need to be printed (Global Exchange recently updated our brochure on the wall); airfare and accommodations need to be arranged for speakers from Palestine/Israel; media outreach needs to be done for actions


Prop. #15

1. Submitted by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2. Proposal for action:

Our resolution (attached) calls for the
US government to cease arms aid to Israel and for churches, universities, municipalities, and individuals to divest from US manufacturers that supply arms to Israel. The campaign plan (attached) outlines our approach. The plan's focus on armaments makes it especially relevant to religious groups. The focus on the US rather than directly on Israel will encourage some groups to join more readily. Kathy Bergen asked us to
share our resolution with you. We will be glad to describe the working groups focusing initially on Caterpillar Corp and contacts with churches and university divestment campaigns.


3. Should this be a nationwide action?


Yes. We are sharing our resolution with local, regional, and national groups, aiming for its adoption by congregations and governing bodies. The request for participation motivates people to discuss and learn about the suffering of the Palestinian people under the occupation. The widening effect on public opinion can be powerful.



4. What resources will this action need?


The resolution and campaign statements will need to be distributed via letter and email. Personal contacts and publicity campaigns will be useful, directed at specific companies and encouraging efforts by volunteers in widespread communities.

ICPJ
Ann Arbor: Contacts:
Anne Remley
Betsy Barlow
Karen Deslierres


Prop. #16

1. Submitted by Betsy Barlow for Friends of Sabeel-North America

2. Proposal for action (probably under education for mobilization)
The proposal is to publicize the damages owed by Israel to the Palestinian Authority and to individual Palestinians and groups of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza for the purpose of educating the US (and international) public. In the
US this information could be used to discourage any more tax aid or weapons sent to Israel while Israel is using our aid in ways to
violate Palestinian human rights. It could also have the effect of putting a shadow on further Israeli incursions, since Israeli soldiers could be held individually responsible as well as the state, if illegal orders were given.

3a. Nationwide activity is best (there is the possibility of international activity as well.) The damages would be grouped under damages to roads and public building (owed to the Palestinian state) and home demolitions, land confiscations, damages to trees and orchards and crops from the barrier wall and other confiscations, damages to families of those killed and to those who were wounded, loss of ambulances and cars, loss of work due to closures, computers damaged or stolen, etc.

4. For gathering the information we would use Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups (Btselem, LAW, Israeli Coalition Against Home Demolitions,. al Haq, etc.


In the
US we would receive the information, and ask for weekly updates, or if there is an incursion, a timely update on the damage being done. Each subsection would have maps (for the areas of land confiscation or home demolitions) and some individual stories with pictures to make the information more readily used by journalists. Each week (or month) we would highlight the new information, and add it to the existing about of damages owed by Israel, and would send this information to our members, asking them to write to their Senators and Congressmen, and to the President and the Secretary of State about this money, suggesting that they should cease further aid since our aid money and equipment is just being used to increase the damages to the Palestinian civilian population.

We can do much of this information dissemination through the email, but it would be most effective to design some ads along the way, which would obviously cost money. Many local groups or member groups could raise money to put ads in local papers in their areas.



Prop. #17

1. Submitted by Rebuilding Homes, Donna Baranski-Walker & Mary Abu-Saba

2. Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift
US policy.)

The
U.S. government is demanding a freeze on Israeli settlements and an end to Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes - yet settlements are expanding, tens of thousands of Palestinians hold demolition orders, and rebuilding remains illegal. We seek a shift in U.S.
policy to pressure for fair property rights in the OccupiedTerritories to allow the rebuilding of homes.
Approach: A month-long nationwide Right to a Home Teach-in coordinated locally by all member groups culminating in a Senate and Congress Action Day : ▀ During Sept., each member group holds one speaking event and/or house party fundraiser to build momentum and form delegations for upcoming briefings with senators and congresspersons.▀ During October, member groups send delegations to Wash DC for a Right to a Home Congressional Action Day followed by visits to the local offices of Senators and Congresspersons.

3a. Should this be a nationwide action? (Describe the results you have had in doing this work, and potential impact nationwide. Maximum 50 words)

Yes. A teach-in focused on fair property rights and rebuilding homes attracts new members to local peace groups because concerned Americans of all faiths seek a tangible and immediate way to help Israelis and Palestinians who refuse to be enemies. Rebuilding Homes was the recipient of the Lewis Mumford Award for Development, we have completed 6 homes and raised $402,000 in the past year through 130 house party fundraisers. The United Nations invited Rebuilding Homes to
Geneva present our plan to rebuild neighborhoods to a gathering of
finance ministers, UN agencies, and NGOs.

4. What resources will this action need? (Maximum 50 words)
Required:
- Designated EOC coordinator to work with Rebuilding Homes staff
- Resource packets for speaking events and/or house party fundraisers: $25 each including video, pamphlets, power point CD, FAQ sheet, how-to checklists
- Speakers for speaking events: we can help coordinate speakers who are Refuseniks, CPT, FOR
- Training for coordinator in each EOC member organization (conference call, listerve)
- Airfare to Wash DC + accommodations (provided by each EOC member group plus some scholarships)
- Press coordination (local outreach plus national press conference at the National Press Club)
- Delegations from Israel and Palestine to join Congressional Action Day with a speaking tour to cover travel costs

Wishlist (not required but a dream worthy of consideration):
- Right to a Home Teach-in on the Mall in Wash DC with artists, street theater, focused on fair property rights and rebuilding Palestinian homes through the help of all who refuse to be enemies;
- Use the Teach-in to convene an Israeli/Palestinian/American common ground peace-makers forum, inviting Israeli and Palestinian NGO to join us on the hill.

web:
http://rebuildinghomes.org



Prop. #18

1. Submitted by Wheels of Justice Tour (organized by Voices in the Wilderness, Middle East
Children's
Alliance, Al-Awda, and affiliates of the International Solidarity Movement)

2. Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift US policy.)

-
US speaking tour on Iraq and Palestine - see below for more info.

3a. Should this be a nationwide action? (Describe the results you have had in doing this work, and potential impact nationwide. Maximum 50 words)

-Nationwide - see below.


4. What resources will this action need? (Maximum 50 words)

-The main thing we are asking for is endorsement - for organizations affiliated with US Campaign to help spread the word about this tour, or to set up specific events in their areas.


We are open to other suggestions of support.

WHEELS OF JUSTICE TOUR

Nonviolent education and action against war and occupation in Iraq and Palestine

Members of Voices in the Wilderness, Al-Awda, the International Solidarity Movement, and Middle East Children's
Alliance take to the road in an outrageously decorated full-size school bus for the Wheels of Justice Tour. Starting in mid-August 2003, this tour will canvass the western United Sates to challenge and educate Americans and Canadians on the occupation of
Palestine
and Iraq.

Having seen and lived with war, terror and occupation in Iraq and Palestine, participants in the Wheels of Justice offer first-hand experience irrespective of partisan politics and sound bite sloganeering. To build upon and reassert the massive domestic opposition to war against
Iraq and
occupation of the Palestinians, the Wheels of Justice Tour will travel all across the western United States for education, outreach, nonviolence/action training, active resistance, and community-building.

The Wheels of Justice Tour Platform
-We call for adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
-Through education, outreach, nonviolent actions and personal witness, we stand in opposition to the violence and injustice of war and occupation.
-We recognize that to find peace, the root injustices must be sought, seen and directly dealt with.
-We seek and practice nonviolent alternatives to the current violence and advocate solutions to the roots of war in
Iraq and Palestine/Israel and our own communities.

Truth-Telling: To speak honestly about Palestine/Israel, one must recognize that the ongoing Palestine/Israel conflict springs from the displacement, apartheid and numerous injustices created by years of direct military occupation of the native Palestinians by the state of Israel; the violence will continue as long as it has the solid foundation of violent oppression and military
occupation upon which to stand.

To speak honestly and openly about the war against and occupation of
Iraq, one must recognize the ongoing legacy of U.S. involvement in Iraq. The current U.S. occupation of Iraq, the lifting of sanctions under U.S. military rule, and the continued local instability deny the Iraqi citizenry
the very self-determination championed by the United States. The cultural, political and economic institutions of Iraq belong to the Iraqis, not to Washington; the hijacking of Iraq's culture and resources by a foreign power exacerbates and prolongs the consequences of the 13-year U.S.-led war, and the ordinary people of Iraq still have no self-governance.

You cannot have peace without justice, you cannot see justice without actively resisting injustice, and you can't nourish a nonviolent resistance without a supportive community. The consequences of these wars and occupations fall upon the shoulders of the poor and oppressed, the refugees and the marginalized, and those in our own communities whose needs are
neglected by governments' costly pursuit of foreign wars; the human cost is paid for by the innocent and most vulnerable, here and abroad. To see an end to the violence and injustice of war and occupation, we must invest in justice and human rights for those living with and living under occupation and war.

The Only Roadmap for Peace: Justice and Human Rights: As people of conscience working for peace, we see that the only roadmap for peace is justice and human rights. We call upon all parties involved to recognize and adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and we call for nonviolent resistance to this violence of war, terror and occupation.

As much of this violence is supported by our tax dollars and by our elected officials, Americans bear a great responsibility. The people of the world know this, and U.S. government policy provokes rage and retaliation against Americans.

Further, draining our treasury on weapons and wars helps prolong and exacerbate our economic downfall and diverts resources greatly needed to build American schools and infrastructure and provide employment and healthcare to our own citizens. To break the cycle of violence we must
change our roles in these conflicts; as individuals and as a nation, we must move from instigator to negotiator, from enabler to resister.

Educational Focus:
-Self-determination for both Iraqis and Palestinians versus occupation and colonization (drawing parallels to the dispossession and oppression of other peoples, including native Americans, African Americans, South African blacks under Apartheid, etc.)
-Universal Human Rights and equality under the law
-Effects of war and occupation on civilians in Palestine/Israel and Iraq, including house demolitions, armed conflict, apartheid laws, collective punishment, and degrading humanitarian conditions
-US Tax payers' footing the bill and bearing the consequences of flawed US foreign policy in Iraq and Palestine/Israel.

Action Focus:

-Promote solidarity with Iraqis and Palestinians under war and occupation.
-Cultivate, promote and take nonviolent direct action for peace and justice.
-Build and strengthen networks of action groups in states visited.
-Engage in advocacy with elected and appointed officials; challenge pro-war and pro-occupation officials in public.
-Engage in mass media campaigns.

-Raise material support for home rebuilding, refugee aid, and advocacy work.
[More information available if proposal is adopted]



Prop. #19

1. We are Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East

2. We believe that it is important to remain focus that all of our activities and actions must "Move the Rock" off the chest of the Palestinians or it will be just so much wind (a.k.a. BS). If it doesn't move the rock it's useless.

Just as one might put a large brick under the tire of a car to keep it from rolling, we believe Congress is that brick that keeps the "Rock" from rolling to a just peace in Palestine-Israel. Therefore, we believe all actions should be focused on moving the brick out of the way.


It is our understanding that most people in American as well as most congresspeople are woefully ignorant of the reality in
Palestine. Therefore, it is important to educate both well. It is
important to direct the contitutent of each respective congressperson to take direct action in letting their congresspeople that they have take a postion on Palestine so that the congressperson know there's a vote out there that things and believes this and that.

3. Nationwide? Yes! Actions, educations, etc. should be nationwide with an emphasis on helping people understand what they need to do with the information, actions, etc. namely to inform their congresspeople that they exits, give them money and believe a certain way about justice in Palestine.

We have found a nationwide interest in our documentary, Beyond The Mirage: The Face of the Occupation. People call us often asking permission to show it on their local access TV stations, or to use it in their classrooms: Jr. high, High school and college.
We've been asked to show the doc and speak at different locations across the nation. We always point them to the US
Campgain and encourage them to join.

Soon we will have our our site video clips of interview with Uri Avnery (Gush Shalom); Illan Pappe (Haifa Univ "New Historian"): Hajo Mayer (Aushwitz survivor), and others.

4. Resources: We've had success with audio visual documentary, film clips on out web site (
www.ajpme.org) and we are automating a way to FAX hundreds of congressional members when we want to get a quick flyer (see our flyers on our site) to them. Our newest flyers should be on our site soon, one titled "Chiristian Extremists" quoting Pat Robertson of the 700 Club, "When Israeli settlements are touched, there are also occurrences of hurricanes, tornados and
major problems in the American economy." Such lunacy must be communicated to congress. The ad/flyer ends with: HELP US STOP THIS KIND OF EXTREMISM.

David Neunuebel
Executive Director
Americans for a Just Peace in the
Middle East
www.ajpme.org



Prop. #20

1. Submitted by the Boston Committee for Palestinian Rights and Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine


2. While the attention of the press is focused on the illusory Road Map, we hear next to nothing about the map being rapidly imposed on the
West Bank by Israel's "separation Wall." By the time it is finished the entire Wall could be 650 kilometers long, imprisoning Palestinians within 40 percent of fragmented West Bank territory, and enabling Israel to control the West
Bank
's water resources. Up to 20 percent of West Bank residents (between 300,000 and
400,000 Palestinians) could be trapped on the Israeli side of the wall - a sure recipe for invisible transfer: life will be so impossible people will have to leave.

On
June 29, 2003 Condoleezza Rice was quoted by the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahoronot as stating that "the route of the security fence that you are building arouses our deep concern..I propose that you reconsider the route where the fence passes." In an op ed in The Baltimore Sun of July 7, 2003 media analyst Sherri Muzher wrote that although Condoleezza Rice expressed concerns about the wall, "no demand was made of the Israeli government to halt construction. The lack of US resolve on this issue is unfortunate given Washington's insistence that Israel and the Palestinians work toward confidence-building measures along their 'road map' to peace."

We propose that the US Campaign act in solidarity with the Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON) and demand that the
US pressure Israel to halt construction of the Wall. Whatever different organizations in the US Campaign think of the current "peace process", we can unite behind the message that if the US is serious about the road map, the Wall must be stopped and dismantled.We could "shift US policy" to the extent that we induce Members of Congress to see this as within our national interest, and stiffen the government's resolve to exert pressure on Israel.


3. This should be a nationwide action, aimed at regional and national opinion-makers and the media, the Administration, our elected representatives and the general public. It lends itself to public education about Israel's motives: if "security" is the issue, why isn't the Wall built along the Green Line? Why has Israel so long resisted the insertion of an international protection force?

4. Our Boston-area campaign is in its initial phase. We are putting together a press packet and will be doing targeted media outreach. If we don't get results, we intend to create our own Wall and demonstrate with it outside The Boston Globe ("Since the Globe did not bring the Wall to us, we ? your readers -are bringing the Wall to you"). The US Campaign can help disseminate resources being produced by PENGON and the B'Tselem Report. It can make available sample op eds and letters to the editor, and the kind of language, arguments and messages that have been found to work with different
US audiences. It can have a powerpoint presentation on its website, and other images that can be downloaded for posters, flyers, bumper-stickers, and other campaign materials. And it can coordinate the education of Members of Congress and "call in" days aimed at officials in the Bush Administration.



Prop. #21

1. We'd like to see a national call to PBS stations across the U.S. to air programs which add to the public's understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian issue, especially airing John Pilger's "Palestine is Still the Issue".

2. We'd like to have some printed postcards we could hand-out at events for people to sign and mail to legislators, the President, etc. with a picture and simple message like "We are tired of our tax dollars being used to help Israel steal land and oppress Palestinians. End the Occupation!

3. We'd like the campaign to arrange for some national tours where we could share expenses and each group would have the opportunity to bring the tour to their area. Include dance groups, artists, big name speakers like Dr.Hannan Ashrawi, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Elias Chacour.


4. We'd like to see a series of simplified fact sheets, one liners with headings like "Did You Know?" followed by simple facts like :
---Israel has confiscated 85% of Palestinian water
---____number of Palestinian wells were destroyed since ____
----____acres of Palestinian land razed
---____dollars in aid to Israeli government
---____dollars in aid to Palestinian government

Include at least one fact sheet about what Americans could buy either with the total dollars sent to Israel to date or annual dollars sent ----very pointed facts like "using the World Health Organization Standard we could feed ____ children per day" or "educate ____ Head Start children" ; or vaccinate ___Africans for aids, etc., or build ____schools in Afganistan


5. We would like a monthly summary of the violence in a column format (like the Who Will Save the Children brochure) with both violence against
Israel and violence against Palestinians as column headings, no editorializing. ie
Number of people killed
Number of people injured
Number of mosques destroyed or damaged
Number of synagogues damaged or destroyed
Number of churches damaged or destroyed
Number of students denied education
Acres of land razed
Number of homes bulldozed
Acres of land confiscated, etc.


We would use it to send to our e-mail lists. When we send news to our lists now it is always one side or the other. Also monthly summary would keep e-mails to a minimum yet give people a clear sense of what is happening there, how unbalanced it is.

I think there is something close to this for the Palestinian side. I see it on Al-Awda e-mails but I do not see it for the Israeli side.

6. We'd like to see the campaign develop a press kit which contains a couple of very graphic photographs which cannot be ignored, statistics about casualties, UN violations, Geneva Convention violations, health statistics, etc. including a well crafted letter explaining our position and our goals. This could be distributed to all newspapers, individuals, and congress. It should be a short document so it will be read.


7. Contact presidential candidates letting them know our concern about the occupation and asking them define their position.

8. I have seen the same identical letter from three
Utah legislators justifying money to Israel as necessary for Israeli security.They appear to be a canned letter which all legislators with a similar position may be using. If so the Campaign could prepare a canned response which we all could use.

Sincerely,
Frances ReMillard
Utahns for a Just Peace in the
Holy Land



Prop. #22

1. Submitted by Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land

2. Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift
US policy.)

We propose the U.S. Campaign prepare a series of 1/2 page (8 1/2 by 5 1/2) post cards, which groups like ours could either purchase or download, each with a very well done picture and a related fact about the Palestinian situation. ie similar the peace post cards at
www.neighborsforpeace.itgo.com
.These post cards could be used for mass mailings to our congressmen, could be given out at events for people to sign and send, and could be used as
well to send to family and friends to help raise awareness and increase the grassroots knowledge base. A picture (and short message) is worth a thousand words. We think cards would likely be read. Consider too, Christmas post cards using an image from Palestine and related fact.


3a. Should this be a nationwide action? (Describe the results you have had in doing this work, and potential impact nationwide. Maximum 50 words)


This would be a nationwide resource. In the course of our work we have seen some powerful images which had a lasting impact when linked with facts.

One was paired photos taken from nearly the same point in
Gaza, but opposite directions. One photo was lush green, with beautiful shrubs, trees, lawns; the other resembled a moonscape with desolate dry landscape. The speaker listed the facts about the un-equal water distribution in Gaza but it was the image which brought the message home!

Another was a statue of the Virgin Mary full of holes. (like a road sign full of holes that one might see when driving through the country) This image was in the film Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army. That image stays with us still because it speaks so loudly of contempt for something which is precious to others.

4. What resources will this action need? (Maximum 50 words)


Good photographer and writer to put together images and text.



Prop. #23

1. Submitted by Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land

2. Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift
US policy.)

We propose that the U.S. Campaign put together a well researched fact sheet to include (a) the impact of the occupation on Christian Churches,(primarily damage costs to churches, church schools and colleges), (b) the alarming decrease of the Christian population in Israel/Palestine, and (c) cost of aid to Israel translated to statistics as to how many children those dollars could feed and other similar facts (one very good picture).

We have been working with churches and have come to believe there is huge potential within the churches, but find some resistance because churches tend to not want to be political. By translating this conflict to something the churches care about (their own property and children) we believe we will have a much greater impact. Handouts like this would be easier to distrubute in churches.

3a. Should this be a nationwide action? (Describe the results you have had in doing this work, and potential impact nationwide. Maximum 50 words)

This would be a nationwide resource.


4. What resources will this action need? (Maximum 50 words)

This action would take some research and coordination between the churches and church groups which have a presence in Israel/Palestine to get the damage costs assimilated.



Prop. #24

1. Submitted by Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land

2. Proposal for action (Describe the proposal in maximum 100 words, highlighting its potential to shift
US policy.)

We propose that the U.S Campaign have at least one of their
Washington Wednesdays be instead a national call to PBS stations to air some programs which have the potential to increase the publics understanding of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. We believe one of those films would be John Pilger's "Palestine Is Still the Issue"

We believe that Americans continue to be uninformed about this issue, that it will take a grassroots pressure to change American policy on this issue and that PBS watchers tend to be people who are more likely to take action, and therefore reaching them with new information is important.

3a. Should this be a nationwide action? (Describe the results you have had in doing this work, and potential impact nationwide. Maximum 50 words)

Yes, this should be a nationwide effort. We have shown this film locally a number of times. It is very powerful. We believe it has the potential to move people.


4. What resources will this action need? (Maximum 50 words)

This action will require a small amount of research, to identify where this film is in the marketing process and to identify the best approach to PBS stations to insure success. Perhaps, for instance, we should encourage people who want contribute to PBS stations to do so. Certainly funding is always an issue.

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