Monday, February 15, 2010

US Campaign member groups get creative on V-Day

On Valentine's Day and every other day, we sure do heart our member groups. Check out video and photos from US Campaign member group Adalah-NY protesting outside of Israeli settlement builder Lev Leviev's New York City diamond shop:
"Fifty human rights activists performed for Valentine's Day shoppers compelling them to boycott the Israeli diamond and settlement mogul Lev Leviev outside his store on Madison Avenue. The New York protest took place against the backdrop of an escalating arrest and harassment campaign by the Israeli military against Palestinian human rights organizations and protest and boycott activists from the West Bank villages where Leviev has built settlements."
The protest included some creative street theater, including a mock diamond commercial declaring "If you want to win her heart, don't buy her Leviev" and a BDS-themed version of the Beyonce hit "Single Ladies": Click here for more. Meanwhile, US Campaign member group CODEPINK Women for Peace marked Valentine's Day with an Ahava cosmetics boycott action:
"This Valentine’s Day, have a heart and join our Stolen Beauty campaign to boycott Ahava cosmetics by contacting Ricky’s NYC, a family-owned chain store here in New York City, to tell them, ‘Stop carrying AHAVA cosmetics! AHAVA means love in Hebrew, but there is nothing loving about the company’s practices.’ Even though you may not live in the New York area, your personal email to the Ricky's NYC president can help encourage a change of heart!"
Click here to send an email to Ricky's NYC. Find US Campaign member groups near you by clicking here, and check out events and actions in your community by taking a look at our online calendar.