This past weekend, people around the world participated in a global Day of Action -- "The World Says No to Israeli Occupation" -- to mark the 40th year of Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. Yesterday, more than 5,000 people from all around the country gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol for an inspiring rally, and then marched through Washington, DC, toward the White House.
Today, June 11th, hundreds of people are visiting Congressional offices in Capitol Hill. To amplify our voices, we have organized a nationwide call-in day, and we hope you'll join this effort:
National Congressional Call-In Day -- TODAY, Monday, June 11
Call your Representative and two Senators NOW.
To reach the Capitol switchboard, dial 1-888-597-0909 (toll-free) or 1-202-224-3121. If you're not sure who your representatives are, click here: www.afterdowningstreet.org/congress
Tell them we want:
an end to U.S. military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem and
a change in U.S. policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.
Ask to speak to the Legislative Director or the aide who works on foreign policy or the Middle East. If you only get the answering machine, leave a message, and ask them to call you back. There isn't a lot of specific legislation seriously pending right now, but they need to hear from their constituents!
One specific set of bills to encourage them on is a reckoning for Israel's horrific cluster munitions bombardment during the last three days of the Lebanon war last year.
In the Senate: S. 594, Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007. Sponsor: Feinstein (D-CA).
In the House: HR 1755, to limit the use, sale, and transfer of cluster munitions. Sponsor: McGovern (D-MA).
You can see more extensive lobbying points on grassroots issues that we are encouraging people to discuss with their legislators on June 11 at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1394
Thanks to United for Peace and Justice-Bay Area for sponsoring this toll-free number, and initiating this call-in campaign.