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We Can Stop These Outrageous Congressional Resolutions

June 22nd, 2010

Take Action: Oppose Congressional Resolutions Supporting Gaza Blockade


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Predictably, Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla has generated resolutions in Congress in support of Israel's illegal blockade of the occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip and in opposition to international civil society efforts to break the blockade.

In the House, Rep. Peter King (NY-3) introduced H.R.5501, the America Stands with Israel Act, which among other outrageous claims "supports Israel's naval blockade of Gaza" and calls on the United States to "oppose any United Nations investigation into the flotilla incident."  As of June 22, this resolution had 79 co-sponsors.

In the Senate, Sen. John Cornyn (TX) introduced 
S.Res.548, which libelously terms the Gaza Freedom Flotilla a "violent attack and provocation by extremists" and condemns "any future such attempts to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza". As of June 22, this resolution had 14 co-sponsors.

We can stop these outrageous Congressional resolutions justifying Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and its illegal blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Send letters to your Members of Congress by
clicking here.

Sending letters to your Members of Congress is a good first step in expressing your opposition to U.S. policies that support Israel's occupation and apartheid policies. However, we're asking you to do more.  In August, Members of Congress will be on recess and in their home districts and states to meet with constituents.

This is a great opportunity for you to put together a delegation of constituents to meet with your Members of Congress and discuss with them your concerns about U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel.  We've set up a special web section to guide you through the process of setting up and running an effective meeting, including:


Map of Congressional Meeting Organizers
Find out who is organizing a meeting in your Congressional district on our interactive map.


Sign Up to Organize a Meeting
Fill out this short form to volunteer to set up a meeting with your Members of Congress.


Template for Requesting a Meeting
Use this fax template to request a meeting with your Members of Congress.


Resources for Your Meetings
Find resolutions, talking points, memos, and more to give to your Members of Congress during your meeting.


Meeting Tips
Read some tips for what you should do before, during, and after your meeting to make your experience effective.


Meeting Feedback Form
After your meeting, please take a few minutes to fill out this form and share your feedback with us about the meeting.

And if you'd like to do this important work on an ongoing basis, please consider joining our Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) network.  To learn more about the network, see who is organizing in your Congressional district, and more, please click here.

PS: We've also recently reorganized our "Challenging U.S. Policy" web section to make it easier for you to find the resources you need to organize to end U.S. military aid to Israel, get engaged with grassroots advocacy efforts, and much more. Check it our by clicking here, and if you have any feedback for us on the web section, please let us know by clicking here.

Thanks for everything that you do to change U.S. policy toward Israel/ Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. Your efforts are making a difference!