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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
SEE: Gaza Hospital Overwhelmed By Dead, Wounded (AP)
SEE ALSO: CNN Israel Broke Gaza Cease-Fire
For live coverage from Gaza, click here.
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
a.. 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.
b.. The Palestinian people must be given some hope of freedom
from Israeli occupation and domination.
c.. Israel’s immoral and illegal collective punishment of the
Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip must end.
d.. America must support a just and comprehensive resolution to
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that takes into account the rights and
responsibilities of all parties.
e.. 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: comme...@whitehouse.gov,
Contact Your Congressional Representatives: U.S. Senators and House
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
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
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:
a.. 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
b.. Build a coalition of local leaders.
c.. Plan for the meeting.
d.. Get together for a strategizing session and assign duties.
e.. Present your case. Be clear about goals. Stick to your
f.. Conclude with specific a request for more balanced coverage
and input from those who support peace with justice in the region.
g.. 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:
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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