by Cindy & Craig Corrie (parents of Rachel Corrie)
In February, Congressman Brian Baird, our representative from the WA - 3rd District, joined Congressman Keith Ellison from Minnesota, for a visit to Gaza and, also, Sderot in Israel. Since then, he has spoken out strongly about all that he witnessed. Congressman Baird has planned and organized a late May Congressional delegation to Israel, the West Bank, and hopefully Gaza (with some focus on Israeli/Palestinian groups working together for peace). In visiting with him this week, we learned that for reasons apparently related to schedule demands, not enough members of Congress have signed on to make the May trip viable. Unless there is a surge in interest, it appears that Congressman Baird will postpone this delegation until later in the year.
We all know how important it is for people to see for themselves what is happening in Israel/Palestine. Please call and/or write to your Congressional members (Representatives and Senators) and urge them to join Congressman Brian Baird's delegation to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza--either in May or later in the year (should it be postponed). Tell your representatives in Congress that it is important to you that they go to the West Bank and Gaza (as well as Israel) to see the situation firsthand. Tell them that the financial investment we are making in this region and the relevance of Israel/Palestine to U.S. interests, require that they see the full picture. Tell them you want them to go.
Please share this message with others who will contact their members of Congress, as well.
Cindy and Craig Corrie
Call your Representative at (202) 224-3121 or (866) 338-1015. To find out who your Representative is go to http://www.house.gov
Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 or (866) 338-1015. To find out who your Senators are go to http://www.senate.gov