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Occupation End Notes | November 10, 2004
Volume 2 Number 4

in this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Kansas City Regional Conference; Recruiting for Resources Taskforce; International Day of Solidarity – November 29th; Organizing in the South and Southeast U.S.; Work Begins on 109th Congressional Report Card
2. New Members of the US Campaign 
3. Member Organization of the Month: Palestine Media Watch
4. Resources & Education: International Week of Action Against the Wall; Nov.29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; Badil Calendar of Palestinian Anniversaries; Sommerville, MA Divestment Project
5. Events: International Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall; National Conference of the Campus Anti-War Network
6. Upcoming delegations to Israel and Palestine: Global Exchange; Holy Land Trust; Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

* Kansas City Regional Conference: On Saturday, November 13, 2004 the US Campaign and Citizens for Justice in the Middle East will conduct a one-day skills-building and organizing conference at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The goals of this conference are to support and mobilize activists in this region of the country, and to continue strengthening our national network of organizers. An agenda, registration, and housing information are on the web at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=87. Citizens for Justice in the Middle East, a Kansas City based member organization of the US Campaign, is hosting this conference. The website of the group is www.cjme.org
*The US Campaign Resources Task Force is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, such as searching for online resources dealing with the Israeli occupation of Palestine, soliciting public information materials from our member organizations, and working with our web coordinator.  The Resources Task Force is one of five task forces established at the 3rd annual conference of the US Campaign in June through which we will carry out our education and mobilization work (see the conference report at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=370).  We’ll be producing and/or locating resources on the occupation, US policy, and international law - as well as on the 5 priority areas for education & outreach decided at the annual conference: The Wall; Caterpillar; Divestment; the Right of Return; and Dual Occupations.  We’ll also be managing and updating our website so that member groups activists will be able to find what they need when they need it.  If you're interested, send an email to outreach@endtheoccupation.org telling us who you are and what skills you would bring to this work. We'll be holding a conference call to decide on a workplan, and set up a listserv to facilitate exchanges between the members of the Task Force.

* International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians, November 29, 2004: The US Campaign will be mobilizing nationally for this important international day of solidarity.  We encourage people around the country to organize educational events, distribute educational resources and collect signatures for the US Campaign’s petition to the President-Elect.  More information about the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, as well as resources for distribution can be found on the web at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=400
*In the coming months the US Campaign hopes to be organizing throughout the South and Southeast United States.  If you live in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Florida and you would be interested in organizing a speaking event for the US Campaign, please contact us at outreach@endtheoccupation.org
* Now that election 2004 is over and a new Congress has been elected are working hard to create a new and improved online report card for the new 109th Congress.  Please check periodically on www.endtheoccupation.org for updates on this project as we will be working on this project for the next several months.

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2. NEW MEMBERS

* The US Campaign is growing! We now have more than 170 member organizations in our coalition. The following organizations recently became members of the US Campaign’s national network of organizations working to end US support for Israel’s occupation:
-         American Arab Association – Charlotte, NC
-         American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI  www.adcwi.org
-         Justice Committee, Congregation of Saint Joseph’s – Cleveland, OH  www.csjcleveland.org
-         Palestine/Israel Justice Project of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church – Paynesville, MN  www.mumac.org/pijp/pijp.html
-         The Palestinian American Congress – Lafayette, LA www.pac-national.org

* To become a member of the US Campaign please visit
www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput4.php?modin=2 to sign our Call to Action and pay membership dues.  Join today!

* To view a complete list of organizational members of the US Campaign visit www.endtheoccupation.org/groups.php

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3. MEMBER ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH: Palestine Media Watch
Palestine Media Watch (PMW), a member of the US Campaign, was established in 2000 in order to promote fair and accurate coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the US mainstream media.  PWM identifies and acts on journalistic failures in covering Israel and Palestine, as well as helps media outlets to gain access to pro-Palestinian points of view and voices.
Most recently, PMW has distributed an action alert to address the New York Times’ “one-dimensional lambasting of the Palestinian leader and its relentless distortion of recent history and basic facts from its high editorial perch.”  To take action with PMW visit http://www.pmwatch.org/pmw/mediocrity/displayCall.asp?essayID=259 for background resources and ideas for action.
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4. RESOURCES & EDUCATION
*November 9-16, 2004 marks the 2nd International Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall.  Last year the US Campaign created a student resource for those who are organizing against the Wall.  This resource includes many ideas for action and education.  For a PDF version of this resource visit http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=76
*For November 29th, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the US Campaign has created a half-page flyer entitled “What Uncle Sam Gives to Israel” for you to distribute at malls and other public shopping places.  You can download a PDF version of this flyer for distribution at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/unclesam11-29-04.pdf
*November 2nd marks the beginning of 6 weeks of important anniversaries in Palestinian history: the Balfour Declaration, 2 November 1917; the UN Partition resolution; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); and, the UN resolution establishing the UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine and calling for the return of Palestinian refugees.  BADIL Resource Center, which aims to provide a resource pool of alternative,
critical and progressive information on the question of Palestinian refugees, has produced an educational calendar of  these events which can be viewed at www.badil.org
*In Somerville, MA the Somerville Divestment Project has been organizing grassroots pressure on city officials to withdraw its investments in companies that aid Israel in committing human rights violations.  The group’s proposal heard by the city’s Board of Alderman on November 8, 2004.  To learn more about the Somerville Divestment Project visit www.divestmentproject.org/index.shtml and to read the Boston Globe’s coverage of this event visit www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/11/09/proposal_
to_divest_israeli_funds_sparks_outrage/

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5. EVENTS

Don’t forget to list your local events on our online calendar. Submit your postings to www.endtheoccupation.org/calendar_input.php
*November 9-16: 2nd International Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall:  Join thousands around the globe in protest of Israel’s wall in the West Bank.  Visit http://stopthewall.org/worldwideactivism/795.shtml for a calendar of world-wide events during this week. 
*November 13-14: National Conference of the Campus Anti-War Network: Pace University, NYC.  For details and registration visit www.campusantiwar.net

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6. UPCOMING DELEGATIONS TO ISRAEL AND PALESTINE 
*December 6-December 17: The Global Exchange Reality Tours to Palestine & Israel strive to further the US public's understanding of the region's realities by giving people first-hand exposure to the human rights abuses occurring in the Occupied Territories. Participants have the opportunity to hear a diverse spectrum of Palestinian and Israeli opinions to better shape their understanding of the conflict and hopes for a solution.  For more information visit http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/583.html

* December 16-30: Holy Land Trust, Hiking Tour Through Israel, Jordan and Palestine “In the Steps of the Magi-A Christmas Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.” Registration deadline is November 16th. Those who register before October 30th will receive a complimentary DVD or video cassette of “Journey of the Magi.” For more information and to register visit www.hlttravel.org
*December 27-January 10, 2005: Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.  For more information visit www.ffipp.org

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Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter designed as a tool for activists. For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation. Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommend resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement. If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at outreach@endtheoccupation.org

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