(We request that you do not consume alcoholic beverages prior to or during our meeting. We also reserve the right to ask anyone that is disruptive to leave.)
In the aftermath of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla attack, the international community has become more critical of Israel's blockade of Gaza. Despite assuaging statements from Israeli officials, the siege continues and few supplies and freedoms are granted to the Gazan people. The open-air prison, blockaded by land and sea, is in dire need of materials to rebuild since the month long 2009 assault on the Gaza Strip.
We are planning to launch a U.S. boat to Gaza in September or October of this year, which will join a flotilla of ships from Europe, Canada, India, South Africa and parts of the Middle East. We want to challenge the illegal blockade and need your support!
Help us make the U.S. boat, to be named The Audacity of Hope, a reality. Our goal was to raise $370,000 in the next several weeks. Nationally, we have already almost $90,000!
These funds will be used to purchase a boat large enough for 40-60 people, secure a crew, and cover the licensing and registering of the boat. In addition, the funds will subsidize some other costs of sending a U.S. delegation.
Consider donating via paypal or making a tax-deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, http://ustogaza.org/donate/.
Our work does not stop there. Join our working group to stay updated about fundraising and education efforts in the Chicago-area. Working to engage and spread awareness on the reality of the siege on Gaza is the ultimate goal of the Ships to Gaza. If you are interested in joining our group of organizers and fundraisers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to be updated on our initiatives, but are not interested in being an organizer, please email email@example.com.
Stand up and join us in making our money and efforts count for a true justice in Palestine!
Endorsing organizations: (if your organization is not an endorse, please discuss it now!)
14 Friends of Palestine
A.R.T. (Activist Response Team)
Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
American Jews for a Just Peace
American Muslims for Palestine
Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine
Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism
Chicagoans Against Apartheid in Palestine
CODEPINK – Chicago Area
Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
Council for the National Interest
Free Gaza Movement
Gay Liberation Network Chicago, IL
Gaza Freedom March
Granny Peace Brigade
If Americans Knew
International Socialist Organization
International Solidarity Movement – Chicago
International Solidarity Movement – North Carolina
Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago
JEWS SAY NO!
Justice For Palestinians – San Jose, CA
Middle East Crisis Response
Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago
Peace Action New York State
Sacramento Area Peace Action
Sacramento BDS Working Group
The War Crimes Times
The World Can't Wait!
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Veterans for Peace
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
War Resisters League
Women in Black Union Square
Women of a Certain Age