10 Steps You Can Take to Help Gaza

CAIR ACTION ALERT #559

Action: 10 Steps You Can Take to Help Gaza

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/5/2009) – CAIR today outlined 10 positive, pro-active steps American Muslims and other people of conscience can take this week to help end Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, restore the cease-fire and the flow of humanitarian aid and promote a more balanced U.S. policy in the Middle East.

SEE: Gaza Hospital Overwhelmed By Dead, Wounded (AP)
SEE ALSO: CNN Israel Broke Gaza Cease-Fire

For live coverage from Gaza, click here.

ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Take part in the upcoming ‘Let Gaza Live’ National March on Washington, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, in Lafayette Park outside the White House. Click here for more information.

Also take part in local peace rallies. Contact your nearest CAIR chapter to ask about local events.

2. Visit your elected representatives during the upcoming “Day on the Hill” in Washington, D.C., sponsored by a coalition of major Islamic organizations. Contact 202-384-8857 for advice on meeting with legislators.

3. Visit the local offices of your elected representatives to talk with them about the need for a more balanced Mideast policy. Use CAIR’s “Legislative Fact Sheet” on the Gaza crisis.

You can also learn how to arrange to meet elected officials and best practices for meeting with your representatives on CAIR’s website.

4. Write or call President Bush and members of Congress. Talking points:

  • Israeli attacks block efforts to bring peace with justice to the Middle East, harm our nation’s image and interests worldwide and strengthen voices of extremism in the region.
  • The Palestinian people must be given some hope of freedom from Israeli occupation and domination.
  • Israel’s immoral and illegal collective punishment of the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip must end.
  • America must support a just and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that takes into account the rights and responsibilities of all parties.
  • American taxpayer dollars should not be used to for weapons that kill Palestinian civilians.

Ask your elected officials to adopt an even-handed Middle East policy that is in our nation’s – not Israel’s – interest.

Contact President George W. Bush: White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111, Fax: 202-456-2461, E-Mail: comments@whitehouse.gov, vice_president@whitehouse.gov

Contact Your Congressional Representatives: U.S. Senators and House of Representatives

5. Contact President-Elect Obama to ask that he speak out now in favor of a more balanced and pro-American policy in the Middle East that takes the rights of all parties to the conflict into consideration.

Contact the Obama administration transition team here.

6. Sign CAIR’s online petition urging our nation’s leaders to speak “in favor of peace and justice for all parties in the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip.” When completed, the petition will be sent to elected officials nationwide and will be given to members of the current and incoming administrations.

7. Use Friday prayers to educate members of the Muslim community about the plight of the civilian population in Gaza and the need for a balanced Mideast policy, a cease-fire and the resumption of humanitarian relief. Urge community members to take the actions outlined in this alert.

8. Monitor local media coverage of the Gaza crisis. Contact those media outlets to either praise balanced coverage or to criticize biased coverage. Call in to radio talk shows and write letters to the editor to express your views. To find local and national media contact information, click here.

Post comments on media websites and blogs that discuss the crisis. Begin your own blog and link to other sites that support a balanced American policy in the region. Start a free blog at: http://www.blogger.com

Use social media tools such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, or Flickr to make your views known and to share your views with like-minded individuals and groups.

9. Organize meetings between Muslim and interfaith community leaders and members of your local newspaper’s editorial board.

To meet with a newspaper editorial board:

  • If possible, gather evidence of any media bias in the newspaper. (Also look for examples of positive, balanced coverage.) Save one-sided news articles or video clips. Record talk shows. Follow a newspaper’s editorial position.
  • Build a coalition of local leaders.
  • Plan for the meeting.
  • Get together for a strategizing session and assign duties.
  • Present your case. Be clear about goals. Stick to your points.
  • Conclude with specific a request for more balanced coverage and input from those who support peace with justice in the region.
  • Follow-up. Send a letter outlining agreements reached.

Contact CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper for more information on coordinating a meeting with an editorial board or contacting media outlets. Call 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, e-mail: ihooper@cair.com

10. Contact the State Department to call for action in defense of Gaza’s civilian population. Call 202-647-4000 and ask for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs or click here.

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~ by peaceseeker99 on January 8, 2009.

4 Responses to “10 Steps You Can Take to Help Gaza”

  1. I find this information very useful. Do you have any input what people who are not US citizens could do?

  2. Thank you for the input. I think yours is a very good question. Even if you’re not a citizen of the United States, there are still a number of things you can do to help spread an awareness of the current crisis in the Gaza Strip. First and foremost, you can educate yourself about what’s happening on the ground there and let others know about the severity of the situation. You can take part in any peaceful demonstrations that may be taking place in or around your area. And, finally, I would suggest using sites like Digg, Reddit, etc., to bring an awareness to the plight of the Palestinian people. Peace. 🙂

  3. Today Mercy Corps delivered a truckload of rice and other food staples for 2,000 hungry Gazans. We plan to distribute blankets, mattresses, pillows and powdered milk to 100 families displaced to UN refugee camps in Jabaliya and Rafah during tomorrow’s afternoon cease-fire.
    CAIR’s online petition has merit as well as another petition set up by another humanitarian-aid organization–Mercy Corps. The goal of the petition is to gain support for immediate humanitarian access to Gaza for delivery of relief-supplies to Gaza. If enough people sign this petition and it gains momentum from the government, then hopefully significantly more humanitarian-relief aid can be distributed to the civilians living throughout Gaza.

  4. http://www.united2heal.wordpress.com

    Interfaith student group sends $1 million in medical supplies to Tanzania in summer 08. We’re shipping to Ghana later this semester. If we get enough funds, we will try to ship to Gaza by mid-next year.

    People all over the world are in desperate need of care. Join our mission to heal the world!

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