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A new moment!

by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
August 12th, 2015

This is a new moment. Can you feel it? There was a time not so long ago when we were desperate to get boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) campaigns off the ground... A time when we talked about connecting with other progressive movements more than we actually did it... A time when we were excited to get any mention in mainstream media... A time when we were utterly ignored by Congress and other policy makers... 

Times have changed. Today, there are more BDS campaigns than we can even keep track of, let alone support, with our current staff. Progressive movements like #BlackLivesMatter are strongly connected to the struggle for justice in Palestine, and so-called PEP (progressive except on Palestine) types are becoming obsolete. Our work is featured in mainstream media on a regular basis. And policy makers are not only paying attention to what we are doing, but perceive it as such a threat to the status quo that they're fighting BDS at the highest levels of government and even in presidential races!

Truly, this is a new moment -- which only you can help us seize.

We know this new paradigm means more, not less, work ahead. It means recalibrating from being the underdog to envisioning what it truly means to harness our power into real, systemic change. For the US Campaign, it means many things like growing from a small staff into a one that can accommodate the extraordinary number of opportunities arising every day -- from building mainstream BDS campaigns to powerful progressive coalitions. And we can't do any of that without you. 

Will you help us take things to the next level by giving $12 on the 12th each month as part of our Olive Branch Club?

I'm specifically asking you to give a recurring donation (of whatever amount works for you) rather than a one-time donation, and here's why:

It's substantially better both for us and for you because it maximizes your investment in the US Campaign. Let me explain. Joining the Olive Branch Club by becoming a recurring donor means:

We Can Plan and Grow: When revenue is predictable, we can plan long-term. We can think bigger and better. We can commit to hiring new staff or beginning new programs because we anticipate funds will be there to sustain growth to yield even greater accomplishments. So your money goes further. Join today.

More of Your Money Goes to Campaigns, Not Fundraising: When your donation comes automatically, we can spend less of your money (and our staff time) on soliciting, handling, and processing donations and more of it on the important programmatic work you love. So your money has a greater impact when it's regular. Join today.

It Saves You Time spent going through the steps each time -- calculating how much you can give, writing checks, inputting credit card info, paying for postage, etc. Decide once and that's it. Why not spend that same energy taking action for justice each month instead? Join today.

As you can tell, I'm a strong supporter of the Olive Branch Club, and it's because I see how giving even a small amount regularly makes a big difference -- monthly, quarterly, or annually. You can choose the amount and frequency that is right for you. And as always, recurring donations can be changed or cancelled at any time, and are 100% tax-deductible.

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This new moment means new ways of doing things to take advantage of new power and opportunities. We know from the experience that the stronger we get, the more those defending Israeli oppression will try to stop us. That's why your investment in our shared work is more important than ever. 

Please join the more than 160 Olive Branch Club members with a recurring donation -- of whatever amount and frequency works for you -- today!

Anna Baltzer
National Organizer

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