Wednesday, May 30, 2012

4 Billion Reasons to Roll Up Our Sleeves

If it wasn't enough that President Obama increased military aid to Israel to $3.1 billion in this year's budget request while proposing major cuts for services to U.S. citizens such as a $360 billion cut over ten years in Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense earlier this month approved even more money for Israel

The additional $949 million in weapons means that we as taxpayers may end up giving Israel $4 billion in military aid this year, roughly 25 percent more than last year.

U.S. military aid to Israel is already higher than the foreign aid programs to all of sub-Saharan Africa combined. 
This increased money not only takes away from money that is needed for our communities, but makes us even more complicit in and responsible for Israel’s continued human rights abuses against and apartheid policies toward Palestinians. 

You can help us challenges these policies by taking the following steps: 

1. Write a letter to President Obama and your Members of Congress. If you are on Twitter, tweet this message to them about ending military aid. You can find your representative's twitter handle on this website

2. Join a conference call this Thursday, May 31, at 9pm EST to learn more about U.S. military aid to Israel, and to hear from inspiring activists across the country about the creative things they are doing- from ad campaigns, to campaigns in city councils, political parties, religious institutions, and more- to educate and organize people for change. Join the call by dialing 209-647-1600 and entering 489902 for the participant code.

3. Sign up to receive a packet with materials to educate and organize people in your community to end U.S. aid to Israel. When you sign up, you’ll be joining organizers in more than 1,000 cities doing this crucial work. We’ll send you postcards, fact sheets, fliers, stickers, posters and more to enable you to educate and organize people in your city.  

4. Join with other activists or organizations in your community to run a high-profile ad campaign to raise awareness about the moral and financial costs of giving Israel weapons and/or learn more about how we can help you organize a campaign to get your city council to pass a resolution to end aid to Israel and redirect the money to unmet community needs.  

Help change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law and equality.