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Join Us in Milwaukee, Feb. 12, to Campaign to End Military Aid to Israel

by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
January 24th, 2012

I want to invite you to join me in Milwaukee on Sunday, February 12, for an all-day series of trainings and strategy sessions on how we can work together to end U.S. military aid to Israel.

In the morning we'll cover Organizing to End Military Aid to Israel, a training session to provide you with all the information, resources, and inspiration you'll need to educate and organize people in your community to end U.S. military aid to Israel.

Then, following lunch, we'll do an afternoon series of strategy and training sessions on Campaigning to Get Our City Councils to Pass Resolutions to End U.S. Military Aid to Israel

Local activist groups in both Milwaukee and Racine are thinking about launching these exciting city council organizing campaigns. 

The sessions are being organized by US Campaign member group Friends of Palestine, WI, and the day's events are being hosted at the ISM Community Center, 815 West Layton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53221.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the morning training session; however, the afternoon session is limited to people who are interested in working with local activists on a long-term organizing campaign to have their city councils pass resolutions to end U.S. military aid to Israel and redirect the money to unmet community needs.

Learn more about the trainings and register for them today.  Space is limited.

Together we've been campaigning to end U.S. military aid to Israel for 10 years and organizing against $30 billion of taxpayer-funded weapons to Israel from 2009 to 2018 since the deal was inked five years ago. We're organizing to end this both because of its horrific enabling of Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians and because this money could be much better spent to fund unmet community needs.

While we will continue to press the President and Congress to hold Israel accountable for its misuse of U.S. weapons--in violation of U.S. laws--to commit human rights abuses of Palestinians, in 2012 we're also taking our campaign local and working with member groups of our coalition to pass city council resolutions to end U.S. aid to Israel and redirect that money to meet urgent community needs.

Why?  Congress and the President are beholden to contributions of the Israel lobby and the very same weapons manufacturers that profit from Israel's injuring and killing of Palestinians. No wonder we have such difficulty getting our voices heard in special-interest-dominated Washington, DC.  But our local communities and decision-makers are more accessible and amenable to our message as they witness our cities struggle with overburdened infrastructures, unmet social needs, and rising debt.

Milwaukee residents will be paying $77 million in federal taxes for weapons to Israel between 2009 and 2018. With that same money, 935 low-income families in Milwaukee could get affordable housing each year!  Let's make these trade-offs clear to people in our cities and find out if they prefer to Fund Community Needs, or Israel's Misdeeds. (You can find the numbers for your own city here on our new interactive web app.)

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to end U.S. military aid to Israel and to change our country's policy to support freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians instead of Israeli occupation and apartheid.

I hope to see you in Milwaukee on February, 12.

PS: Despite our troubled economic times, Members of Congress saw fit to earmark a record-breaking $3.075 billion in military aid to Israel in the 2012 budget they finally got around to passing a few weeks ago.  That means the average individual taxpayer will give Israel $21.59 in weapons this year. Outrageous!  "Offset" the weapons you’ll be giving to Israel this year by making your tax-deductible donation to the US Campaign and provide us with the resources that we’ll need to challenge this policy even more loudly and strongly this year.