We know how to keep Palestinian neighborhoods standing -and it works. When constituents urge Congress to intervene to ease state-sponsored violence, their calls make all the difference. In this time of crisis, we ask your help to launch an urgent action network to link Israeli & Palestinian peacemakers with peace groups, places of worship, schools and universities, and the U.S. Congress to tell what they are experiencing. Also help us continue to bring Palestinian children to speak to Congress.
On their websites, every U.S. Senator and Rep. promises to help constituents resolve urgent issues with U.S. agencies and this is not lobbying. Palestinian homes, schools, and neighborhoods are being harassed and destroyed by Israeli local gov, Army Civil Admin, and settlers. But unlike natural disasters, man-made disasters can be prevented. We ask your help to organize more 'friends don't let friends drive drunk' Congressional interventions to ease tensions and bring about justice and peace.
More Congressional offices than ever are scheduling with us for briefing meetings with our speakers, in person or by phone. Our record is 54 meetings in one week in Washington DC, with 360 offices asking to meet. Also, bringing Palestinian children to Congress to describe what peace means has been the most effective advocacy we've seen. We ask your help to bring speakers on tour because once you meet them and email Congress, the intervention of House and Senate offices makes all the difference.
We began Contact Congress requests in 2008 when we brought Mayor Haj Sami and asked everyone to email their Senators and Reps. to urge them to call the State Dept & the Israeli Emb to keep Al Aqaba Village standing. It worked and this West Bank Area C village gained the opportunity to thrive. De-escalating violence, keeping Palestinian communities standing, even asking Congressional help to get transit permits assures the health of children, the ease of parents, and a start to grow the economy.