16 January 2009

Gaza: Take Action

National Call-In Day for Gaza!
January 16, 2009

We designate Friday, January 16th as National Call-In Day for Gaza. Calling is quick, easy, and effective, and will take about 5-10 minutes. We need to keep the phones ringing non-stop for the duration of the day so that our message CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED.

Contact in order of importance:

1) Call President-Elect Obama's Transition Team at 202-540-3000.
Ask that President-Elect Obama and his team call for:

1) An immediate cease-fire.
2) An end to the blockade and siege of Gaza.
3) An immediate withdrawal from Gaza.

Be firm and polite and stress the fact that over a thousand people have died and thousands have been injured in Gaza, mainly civilians. This follows months of suffering under a severe blockade that has resulted in shortages of food, fuel and basic medical supplies. When calling, mention (UN Security Council Resolution 1860 that was adopted last week which calls for an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded humanitarian access.

2) Call your Representative at 202-224-3121. Ask how they voted on House Resolution 34 which passed overwhelmingly in the House last Friday, with 390 Representatives voting yes, 5 no, and 22 present. The resolution "recognizes Israel's right to defend itself" and "reaffirms the United States' strong support for Israel."

If your Representative voted "no" or "present" on H.Res. 34, thank them and ask that they cosponsor Rep. Kucinich's upcoming resolution.
(See: http://endtheoccupation.org/downloads/KUCINI_001_xml.pdf)

If your representative voted "yes" on H.Res. 34 state your disagreement with their vote and ask them to co-sponsor the Kucinich resolution.

3) Call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and assert your disagreement with their unanimous vote on Senate Resolution 10 and ask that they introduce a resolution in the Senate that is similar to Rep. Kucinich's resolution in the House.

Please forward this to all your lists and personally contact 10 friends and urge them to make these calls to save lives in Gaza.

Via Desi Italiana, still sorely lacking her own blog.


Anonymous said...

I'm a Korean American professor who studies the former Soviet Union. No, Russia is not a good place for people of color, at least not right now. I spent the summer of 2003 in Petersburg for archival work and language training, and frankly felt okay--this despite the fact that an acquaintance of South Asian descent had a beer bottle smashed over his head on Nevskii (in the middle of the day); and a few near run-ins with skinheads. I returned to Peter in fall 2007 for a conference, and was shocked by how much more threatened I felt--mostly due to the glares I received. It seemed to me that the intolerance evinced by a freakish few four years earlier had dispersed across the populace. With the current economic crisis, the situation is going to continue to worsen, only at an accelerated pace. There's a lot of scapegoating going on already.

BUT there's more to the former Soviet Union than Russia. I've long felt that more American students--and, in particular, students of color--should spend time in Central Asia. Almaty, Kazakhstan is a wonderful, bustling city that takes just pride in its diversity, as well as in the quality of Russian spoken on its streets. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan is like a mini-Almaty--though much more unstable politically and economically. I would choose either of those cities--both filled with trees and situated beside snow-capped mountains--over Moscow or Peter in a heartbeat.