Yesterday, the Senate passed a secretly drafted and fast-tracked resolution co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell by unanimous voice vote (meaning there will be no written record of who voted yes or who abstained) "recognizing the right of Israel to defend itself against attacks from Gaza and reaffirming the United States' strong support for Israel in its battle with Hamas, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process." (You can read the full text of the bill here)
There was nothing in this one-sided legislation, which was familiarly referred to by Senate staffers we spoke to as "The AIPAC bill," that will help the 1.5 million Gazans who are currently under siege. And there is nothing in this bill that will do anything to support "the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."
Congress is expected to vote on similar legislation within the next few days.
Please call your Representative TODAY to ask him / her to vote NO on ANY legislation that fails to call for AN IMMEDIATE and UNCONDITIONAL CEASEFIRE -- as well as for unimpeded access for humanitarian aid into Gaza and a lifting of Israel's blockade
If you don't know who represents you in Congress, then you can find out at Congress.org (enter your zip code in the upper right corner of the website). Once you know who represents you call 202-224-3121 and the operator will connect you to your Representative*.
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Calling for Peace,
Gael, Jodie, and Medea
PS. Today, CODEPINK, along with Jewish and Muslim women, will deliver a flood of white roses to Obama's Washington, DC hotel, with the message, "Please do not be silent. The children of Gaza need your help." For $5, you can add a white rose to the bouquet and a voice to the chorus of those who speak out!
Congress should be calling for an immediate, unconditional, comprehensive ceasefire. The assault on Gaza must stop and Hamas's firing of rockets into Israel must stop. The blockade of Gaza must be lifted so that medicine, food, fuel and other necessities can flow freely into the territory. With close to 800 killed and over 3,000 wounded, the carnage must end before any diplomatic settlement can be achieved.
It is vitally important Congress hears from US! A Representative's voting choice can be swayed by as few as 20 phone calls. Your call WILL make a difference -- PLEASE Call 202.224.3121 NOW!
Live your values. Love your country.
And, remember: TOGETHER, We can make a DIFFERENCE!