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What Kind of Tomorrow is AIPAC Shaping?

by Ramah Kudaimi, Membership and Outreach Coordinator
February 25th, 2013

Shaping Tomorrow Together. That is the theme the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has announced for its annual policy conference in Washington, DC this upcoming weekend. 

For years now AIPAC has used its policy conference to promote war, occupation, and apartheid at the expense of international law, human rights, and equality. The tomorrow AIPAC is shaping means greater U.S. support for Israeli oppression of Palestinians. It means a continued push for military confrontation with Iran. It means sending even more U.S. weapons to Israel while funding is being cut for much needed community needs in the United States like healthcare and education. 

Celebrating Palestinian Culture at Occupy AIPAC 2012. Watch here.

Join the US Campaign and our member groups CODEPINK, Interfaith Peace-Builders and Fellowship of Reconciliation to say no to AIPAC and yes to peace, justice, and equality

Check out the actions planned and register today to Expose AIPAC! 

Grassroots Advocacy Training, hosted by Interfaith Peace Builders 

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30 am

Where: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave NW)

Speakers include Jamal Abdi, Philip Farah, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Medea Benjamin, Josh Ruebner, Jonathan Kuttab, Phyllis Bennis and more!

Registration for the Grassroots Advocacy Training is a sliding scale of $40–$125 ($30 for students).

Register now.

New Perspectives on Peace with Justice: An Evening with Interfaith Peace-Builders

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 6:30 pm

Where: The Goethe Institute, 812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Requested Donation: $30–$100. Food and beverage provided.

Featured Speakers: Reverend Carolyn Boyd- Adjunct Pastor at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and former national Co-Chair of Black Voices for Peace; Hanan Idilbi- Board Member of Interfaith Peace-Builders and member of the US Palestine Community Network

Musical Guest: Feras Qumseya- Playing modern oud compositions rooted in the deep cultural traditions of Palestine.

Expose AIPAC Mobilization and Street Protests, hosted by CODEPINK 

When: Sunday, March 3rd at 11:00 am

Where: Outside the AIPAC Conference (corner of Massachusetts and 9th) for dabka, a flashmob, and greeting AIPAC goers as they leave the convention center at the end of the day.

We need 150 people for an amazing visual/action (nonviolent and non-arrestable) to commit to joining us from 3:00pm-4:00pm to demand “Diplomacy, Not War” and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. 

Sign up here.

Constituent Lobby Day, hosted by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

When: Monday, March 4, and/or Tuesday, March 5

Where: Your elected representative’s office.

During AIPAC’s lobby day on the Hill, join the US Campaign to let our representatives know it's time to end U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid. Lobby packets will be made available at the Grassroots Advocacy Training. Participants are expected to make their own appointments with their Senators and/or Representatives. 

Protesting the AIPAC Gala!

When: Monday, March 4, 7:00-8:30 pm 

Where: In front of the Washington Convention Center.

Join CODEPINK and talk to the hundreds of Congresspeople going into the gala to show their support for AIPAC.

Register today and join us in demanding a new U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

See you in DC!

Ramah Kudaimi

Membership and Outreach Coordinator