Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Take Action to Oppose Ever-Greater Amounts of Military Aid to Israel

President Obama released his 2013 budget request yesterday, which includes in his words "difficult cuts" and "tough choices."  However, even as the White House proposes to reduce services provided to Americans while the debt continues to climb, the President increased his request for military aid to Israel to $3.1 billion from $3.075 billion in this year's budget.

Here's how you can take action to help us oppose ever-greater amounts of military aid to Israel:

1. Write your Members of Congress opposing President Obama's request for $3.1 billion in weapons for Israel.

2. Join us for a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9:00 pm (Eastern), featuring Lisa Savage and C.J. Minster, two activists who have done extraordinary work to pass local and national resolutions to end U.S. spending on wars and redirect the money to unmet community needs.

Lisa and C.J. will share their expertise and provide us with inspiration for our newly-launched campaign to get city councils to pass resolutions to end military aid to Israel and redirect the money to community needs.  Find out how to get involved by joining the call. Dial 209-647-1600 and enter the access code 489902.

3. Show us a little love on this Valentine's Day by a making a tax-deductible donation to "offset" the $21.59 in weapons that the average taxpayer will give to Israel this year.  Your support will enable us to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel more loudly and strongly. 

Join us, CODEPINK and more than 100 endorsing organizations in Washington, DC, March 2-6 for Occupy AIPAC, as we challenge the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for its lobbying for weapons to Israel.  There we'll be launching a major new policy paper laying out the case for ending U.S. aid to Israel. Stay tuned for details. 

Last Sunday, we did our first day-long training with activists in Milwaukee, WI, to strategize about launching campaigns to pass city council resolutions to end military aid to Israel and redirect the money to community needs. 

Activists wrote that the training was "very useful," "inspiring," "extremely helpful," and "awesome."  If your group is interested in having the US Campaign come to your city to do this training, click here to inquire.

Don't forget that the deadline--February 19--is fast approaching for our matching funds competition for groups that want to launch these city council campaigns.  To learn more about the competition and how to apply click here.

And, don't forget you can always sign up to get a FREE organizing packet in the mail to educate and organize people in your community to end U.S. military aid to Israel.  We've distributed more than 2,000 packets--with postcards, posters, stickers, flyers, petitions, and more--to people in more than 950 cities across the country.

Thank you for taking action this Valentine's Day to help us counter the ridiculous amount of love President Obama showed for the Israeli military in his 2013 budget request.