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Letters to Gaza

Posted by uscsjp on May 17, 2011

The following is an email I received on 10 May, 2011

                  –Omar, USC SJP Blog Editor

Hi SJP at USC!

I’m reaching out to campus solidarity organizations across the country to be a part of this really important project—and it’s really easy to participate!  I know it’s finals and graduation season, so I’ll get right to the point:

The US Boat to Gaza, a collection of activists and humanitarians, is sending a boat, The Audacity of Hope, along with boats from dozens of other countries on the 2nd International Freedom Flotilla.  The flotilla will sail this June as a human rights mission to help end the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

The cargo on The Audacity of Hope will be thousands of personal letters to the people of Gaza from people like you.  This act of friendship and solidarity will mean a great deal to Gazans who experience the impact of the Israeli blockade and siege every day.

Once the letters reach Gaza, they will be put up as an art installation for everyone to see.  If the letters don’t make it to Gaza for whatever reason, don’t you fret: they will also be scanned and made available online so that your voices and support will still reach the citizens of Gaza!

Alice Walker talked about the radical power of love to create change. This letter-writing campaign – To Gaza With Love – allows you and thousands of other people to be part of that change.

Here’s what you and your club can do:

1-    Write a poem, draw a picture, or send a letter!

Letters and postcards can be sent to:

Letters To Gaza

119 West 72nd Street


New York, New York 10023

Emails can be sent to:

2-    Throw a letter-writing party at your next meeting, or table in your campus center!

More information, posters, fliers and materials can be found at:

3-    You can also buy a tshirt, send us money, or find other ways to help out!  Check out our website at

Please keep in touch about whether you’re able to help us out, and let me know if you have any questions!

–In solidarity,

Shawn Tristan

US Boat to Gaza Volunteer


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