Archive for the ‘Activism/Divestment’ Category
Posted by uscsjp on February 21, 2017
Posted by uscsjp on September 4, 2016
Dear Governor Brown,
We urge you to veto AB 2844, an unconstitutional and costly attack on Californians’ free speech and the movement for Palestinian human rights.
AB 2844 chills free speech by falsely associating legal and time-honored boycotts for human rights with unlawful discrimination, and by creating a vague new crime in the process. The bill could cost California taxpayers over $140 million (Department of Finance estimate) and unknown additional sums for fielding complaints and lawsuits.
Although the title and some of the content of AB 2844 have changed over time, its intent remains the same: to stigmatize and suppress protected political speech, especially advocacy for Palestinian human rights through the nonviolent tactics of boycott, divestment and sanctions.
Stop this attack on Californians’ free speech. Veto AB 2844.
Sign the petition here:
Posted by uscsjp on July 29, 2016
Posted by uscsjp on July 12, 2016
Posted by uscsjp on June 29, 2016
June 29th, 2016
Musician Carlos Santana is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on July 30. Santana is committed to the welfare of children and founded the Milagro Foundation in 1998, whose name means miracle and was inspired by the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope. On June 28, staff at the foundation’s office refused to open the door when a delegation, including local Palestinian families with children, attempted to deliver a petition signed by 25,000 people urging him to cancel.
In 2010 Santana honored the call from Palestinian civil society for cultural boycott and cancelled a planned concert. Join the efforts to calling on him to respect the boycott call once again!
Watch and share this powerful video urging him to stand on the right side of history.
- Click here to post this tweet with a link to the video: @SantanaCarlos You publicly stand for children. Israel massacred 550 in 2014. Stand against that. #BelieveInMiracles
Post these memes on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social networks. Use #BelieveInMiracles.
There are also sample tweets included, which you can automatically tweet by clicking on them. The messages can also be posted on his Facebook page.
- Santana you founded @Milagro_kids for welfare of children. Palestinian kids need you to stand for them & cancel Tel Aviv. #BelieveInMiracles
- In 2014 Israel destroyed 150,000 housing units in Gaza. Santana, help end this destruction of homes by boycotting! #BelieveInMiracles
- @SantanaCarlos Palestinian children are miracles too! #BelieveInMiracles and Cancel Tel Aviv. cc @Milagro_kids
- In 2014 Israel bombed 450 education facilities in Gaza. Santana, boycott & help end these attacks on schooling! #BelieveInMiracles
- Israel has killed 1,800 Palestinian children since 2000. Don’t entertain this brutality @SantanaCarlos. #BelieveInMiracles
More Sample Tweets:
- #Israel Detains 700 Miracles Annually. Santana Cancel Your Concert & Stand For Palestinian Children! #BelieveInMiracles
- @SantanaCarlos respected boycott call in 2010. Situation for Palestinians has worsened. Cancel now! #BelieveInMiracles
- Do you #BelieveInMiracles @SantanaCarlos? Then don’t play apartheid Israel! Still time to be on the right side.
- 25,000 people are urging Santana to respect Palestinian call & cancel upcoming Tel Aviv concert. #BelieveInMiracles
- Children of Palestine among most vulnerable worldwide. @SantanaCarlos #BelieveInMiracles & Cancel Tel Aviv!
- If you “support peace” & “the rights of children,” don’t let Israel use your art to whitewash occupation. @SantanaCarlos #BelieveInMiracles
- At critical moments, artists are called to take a stand. This one of the moments, Cancel your Israel gig @SantanaCarlos. #BelieveInMiracles
Posted by uscsjp on June 17, 2016
There’s a debate raging within the Democratic Party Platform Committee about its position on Palestine. Traditionally, thanks to AIPAC, the platform has showed unconditional support for Israel.But now times are changing: there’s a possibility of getting the platform to recognize the human rights of Palestinians!
Join us to call on Rep. Elijah Cummings, head of the Democratic Party Platform Committee, and Barbara Lee to include language that:
supports Palestinian rights;
calls for an end to the occupation;
affirms our right to boycott Israeli products!
Posted by uscsjp on June 10, 2016
100% of donations to UNRWA’s Ramadan campaign will go directly to Gaza.
Where others have failed, UNRWA invests in creating countless opportunities for Palestine refugees, empowering them with the skills they need to persevere. And with your help, we can do even more.
Ramadan is a time to give thanks for what we have, contemplate how to better ourselves, and help those who are less fortunate. Whether you observe or not, your tax-deductible gift of $120 will provide a family in Gaza with enough flour, sugar, olive oil, meat, lentils, chickpeas, and other essential food items to get them through the month.
The sooner you give, the sooner we can act. Donate and help bring joy to their table this month.
You don’t have to celebrate Ramadan to participate in this conversation. Holidays, family, and separation are universal themes. Many of us have family and loved ones across borders, whether those are state lines or international.
So join the #ramadanacrossborders exchange:
- Share your stories of what it’s like to celebrate holidays (Ramadan is just one example) with loved ones who aren’t in the same geographical place. Can you imagine Christmas without family ten years in a row?
- If you are Muslim, share what Ramadan looks like for you. We’re talkingsuhoor and iftar photos, gatherings with families and friends, or even community events.
Palestine refugees in Gaza and elsewhere in the world will do the same, creating an exchange across borders. We can’t wait to see what you have to say.
Posted by uscsjp on June 6, 2016
Posted by uscsjp on May 15, 2016
As Palestinians Mark 68 Years of Nakba, We Must Step Up Our Work
Today Palestinians worldwide commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe, when more than 750,000 Palestinians were deliberately expelled from their homes by Zionist forces to create the state of Israel. There are now more than seven million Palestinian refugees waiting to return to their homeland, unable to do so because Israel refuses to honor their right of return.
While we commemorate the events of 1948, it is important to understand that the Nakba is not a onetime event andimpacts Palestinians everywhere on a daily basis. Palestinian refugees in Gaza, where 70% of the population are refugees, and Syria, where more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed by bombardment from the Syrian regime, face constant military assaults.Ethnic cleansing in historic Palestine continues. In 2015 alone, 221,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced as Israel pursues its colonization project.
Below are some resources about the Nakba and the importance of thePalestinian right of return for establishing a just and lasting peace. Please use them in your organizing for Palestinian rights.
Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 from the Institute for Palestine Studies.
The Making of Israel, a new interactive map produced by Visualizing Palestine that animates 68 years of Nakba and 143 years of colonization.
Videos to watch and share: Maximum Land with Minimum Palestinians from the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights; Nakba by the Numbers from the Institute for Middle East Understanding; Najawa: A Story of Palestinefrom Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel; and Chronicles of a Refugee, a six-part series produced in 2008 looking at the plight of Palestinian refugees all over the world.
Post this graphic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks.
Follow #Nakba, #Nakba68, and #NakbaDay on Twitter for more articles, pictures, and videos.
We must step up our work in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. And there is something you can do right now!
The United Methodist Church General Conference is happening now in Portland, OR and US Campaign member group United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) is pushing for several divestment resolutions that will end the church’s involvement in the occupation. UMKR needs you to help launch a social media storm to show the church that support for Palestinian rights and divestment is widespread!
If you are on Facebook, like UMKR’s page and share their updates.
If you are on Twitter, tweet your support using #UMCGC. Follow and retweet tweets from @UMKairosResp, @fosnalive, and #KairosGC2016. These accounts will also let you know when you can watch live stream of the resolutions being discussed and voted on.
You can also click on the tweets below to post them automatically. Each tweet includes a link to more information.
- #UMC strongly opposes occupation of Palestine! Why put $$ into companies that maintain it? #UMCGC #KairosGC2016
- See #UMC investments in brutal illegal occupation. #UMCGC #KairosGC2016 Why grow church pensions from this misery?
- #UMC missionaries speak from the heart http://bit.ly/1TykfQs #UMCGC #Kairos2016 #notwithmypension
- Death, destruction & despair since GC2012 yet #UMC invests in companies that create this. #KairosGC2016 #UMCGC
- How can the #UMCGC support apartheid with investments in companies helping the Israeli occupation?! @MFSAVoices
Help the Methodists become the latest church body to divest from occupation and apartheid to bring us one step closer to ending the Nakba.
Posted by uscsjp on May 11, 2016
The situation on the ground for Palestinian children is rapidly deteriorating.
At the end of February, there were 440 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.
Some children are imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial.
Action is urgently needed.
Click below to email your representative and senators: