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Bring the Cost of Israeli Occupation to the #Occupy Movement

by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
October 17th, 2011

Above: Click to watch our video from DC's Freedom Plaza!

Above: Click to see our interactive map of cities where people are organizing to end military aid to Israel and sign up!

What a phenomenal political moment we are now experiencing! Despite growing police repression, protesters are out on the streets in hundreds of cities demanding that our government listen to us -- "the 99 percent" -- and respond to our needs, instead of representing the 1 percent whose corporate greed and militarism are served by our political system.

As the Palestinian BDS National Committee put it: "these huge mobilisations provide a much needed reminder of something that Palestinians have always known -- that another world, a dignifying one, is possible and ordinary people can create it."

Like the #Occupy movement, we are mobilizing everywhere too, with volunteers like you in more than 850 cities all over the country organizing to end $30 billion in U.S. military aid to Israel and redirect that money to fund unmet community needs!

The US Campaign is a proud part of this movement to re-prioritize our government's spending, and our message is resonating loud and clear. The people agree that we should be spending our money to build affordable housing here, not on weapons for Israel to demolish Palestinian homes.

Want proof? Watch the reactions that US Campaign staff and interns received in this video from Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

Now is the time for all of us to push extra hard.  Sign up today for an organizing packet to end military aid to Israel, which includes fact sheets, fliers, postcards and petitions, and the US Campaign will send it to you free of charge.

With this packet, you'll have everything you'll need to help change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support freedom, justice, and equality -- beginning with ending $30 billion in military aid to Israel. 

Whether you're an experienced organizer or are thinking of jumping in for the first time, join me for a special conference call this Thursday, October 20, to learn all you need to know to organize people in your community to end military aid to Israel. 

We'll walk you through this online presentation and show you how to:

Get the facts on how much military aid to Israel your community provides, and what that money could fund instead 

Find out about the devastating impact that U.S. weapons have on Palestinians

Pass a city council resolution to end military aid to Israel and redirect the money to community needs

So sign up today for an organizing packet, RSVP for our conference call, and let's take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to educate and organize our communities.

By the way, we don't take money from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, or any of the other corporations that profit from Israel's oppression of Palestinians.  We're funded by people like you. Your generous tax-deductible contribution enables us to do this work together. Donate today to support our organizing drive to end U.S. military aid to Israel and redirect that money to needs in our communities!