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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 
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:

              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, 
vice_presid...@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: 

              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 
editorial position. 
              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 
points. 
              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: 
ihoo...@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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