[act-ma] [UJP Activist] UFPJ Action Alert: No Time for Silence

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======== UFPJ ACTION ALERT: NO TIME FOR SILENCE ==============================


Dear Activist, 

The dual tragedies playing out in Gaza and Iraq are graphic reminders of the  
catastrophic costs of militarism. Each has multiple causes, but paramount  
among them, American military power and Washington’s decades-old build up  
of Israeli military power have caused unimaginable suffering among civilian  

Neither story is at an end. And the need to speak up for peace and diplomacy  
remains urgent. Since 2001, the United States government has dealt with the  
problem of “terrorism” by engaging in various forms of warfare against  
other countries and groups, while building up the military might of its  
Israeli ally. And the results have been costly, harmful and  

The staggering oppression of Palestinians, the millions of people in the  
Muslim world killed, injured or displaced, and the level of anger now  
directed at the United States attests to the immorality and futility of this  

*Responding to the crisis in Gaza and Iraq, we call for:*

 * Cessation of US bombing in Iraq and a cease-fire in Gaza and Israel
 * Immediate end to the blockade of Gaza
 * Increased humanitarian assistance to victims of violence in Iraq and Gaza
 * Suspension of US military aid to Israel and an arms embargo across the
 * United Nations sponsored diplomacy which includes all regional parties

*What can be done?*
Members of Congress are back in district this month. This is an excellent  
time to express concern over US policy in Gaza and Iraq -- meet with your  
Reps, send a letter to the editor of your local paper, demonstrate, or vigil.  
UFPJ is urging that in whatever action you organize, you incorporate concerns  
about Gaza and Iraq. Please keep us posted on your plans:  
rustiandgael at unitedforpeace.org [1] 

The tragedy in Ferguson is the logical extension of a militarized US foreign  
policy applied at home. When you outfit police like an army, they end up  
treating the community as “the enemy.” Our police are learning to adopt  
the same callous indifference to death in urban communities as our military  
is trained to adopt in causing death and destruction in urban communities of  
other countries. This must be halted and reversed. We must again raise Dr.  
King’s prophetic 1967 warning that the violence visited by US forces upon  
the Vietnamese and the police violence visited upon people of color and the  
poor at home flowed from the same poisoned well. Click here to tell the  
Pentagon, Congress, and the President: No More Weapons of War for Local  

*Resources for action*
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation [2]*-- national coalition of 400+  
groups working to end U.S. support for Israel's occupation of the Palestinian  
West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. 

Jewish Voice for Peace [3] -- works to achieve a lasting peace that  
recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and  

If Americans Knew [4] -- educates the American public on issues of major  
significance that are unreported, underreported, or misreported in the  
American media.

Mondoweiss [5] -- news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in  
the Middle East from a progressive Jewish perspective.

The Electronic Intifada [6] -- an independent online news publication and  
educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and  
place in the world.

*The US Campaign to End the Occupation is helping constituents across the  
country to organize in-district meetings with their Congressional offices to  
challenge Israel's violations of Palestinian human rights. The US Campaign is  
also working with groups and individuals who are planning direct actions,  
including bird-dogging members of Congress at events held during the August  
recess. If you would like to coordinate your actions, please contact Mike  
Coogan at development at endtheoccupation.org [7] or call 202-332-0994.

Moveon.org -- 8 Things To Know About The Crisis In Iraq [8]

FCNL -- Responding to the Crisis in Iraq -- Without Bombs [9]

Progressive Democrats of America – The Situation in Iraq: What we Know [10]

Amnesty International Stands with Ferguson Because All Lives Matter [11]* *

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to UFPJ [12] so that we can continue to keep our member groups and dedicated  
activists linked together for effective action and impact.



Click Here to Donate! [13]*


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UJP Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social  
and economic justice.

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