Monday, December 29, 2008

From the mailbag

I received the following email from the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition yesterday:
Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza have been massacred and wounded yesterday and today in Israel's massive bombing campaign against the people of Gaza. The bombing rampage began as thousands of Palestinian children were in the streets on their way home from school. Palestinian parents were running frantically in the streets looking for their children as U.S.-provided F-16s and Apache helicopters rained down more than 100 bombs and missiles on Gaza.

The U.S.-backed Israeli Occupation Force destroyed every security station in Gaza. AFP reported: "There was no space left in the morgue and bodies were piled up in the emergency room and in the corridors, as many of the wounded screamed in pain."

Because of the U.S.-backed Israeli blockade and strangulation of the people of Gaza for the past 18 months there is little or no medicine to treat the wounded, electricity for hospitals, or food or clean water for much of the population.

An Israeli military spokesperson said, "The operation is ‘only just beginning’." The Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement: "The action will continue and will widen as much as is demanded according to the evaluation of the situation by the high command of the army."

Take Action:
- Demonstrations Across the Country
- Send a letter to the State Department and Congress


CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles
Tuesday, December 30
4:30 pm
Israeli Consulate: 6380 Wilshire Blvd.
Contact: 213-251-1025, answerla@answerla.org

San Francisco
Tuesday, December 30
5:00 pm
Israeli Consulate:456 Montgomery St.
Contact: 415-821-6545, answer@answersf.org
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Monday, December 29
5:00 pm
Vigil at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Office: Montgomery and Market
Co-Sponsored by a number of local organizations

CONNECTICUT

New Haven, CT
Wednesday, December 31
12 noon
Federal Building: 141 Church St. (between Chapel and Elm St)
Sponsored by Middle East Crisis Committee, ANSWER-CT and other local organizations
Contact: 203-606-0319, connecticut@answercoalition.org

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, December 30
4:30 pm
State Department: 22nd St & C St NW
Contact: 202-544-3389 x14, dc@answercoalition.org

FLORIDA

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tuesday, December 30
5:00 pm
Federal Building: 299 E. Broward Blvd.
Contact: 954-707-0155, FtLauderdale@answerfl.org

Ocala, FL
Tuesday, December 30
12 noon
Gather near the Ocala Lockheed facility, located in the southeast quadrant of the county just off Maricamp Road (route 464) near Emerald and Oak
Sponsored by Marions for Peace, CFCC students and Iraqi veterans against the war

Tampa, FL
Tuesday, December 30
4:30 pm
N Dale Mabry Hwy and W Spruce St.

ILLINOIS

Chicago
Details to be announced
Contact: 773-463-0311, answer@chicagoanswer.net

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston
Wednesday, December 31
2:00PM
Copley Square
Sponsored by the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights
Contact: info@bcpr.net
Get involved with ANSWER in Boston: 857-334-5084, boston@answercoalition.org

MICHIGAN

Dearborn, MI
Tuesday, December 30
4:00 pm
Gathering at corner of Warren and Chase in Dearborn
Sponsored by the Congress of Arab American Organizations (CAAO)

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, December 30
10:00 am - Office close
1) Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar: 1200 Washington Avenue South
2) Office of Congressperson Keith Ellison: 2100 Plymouth Ave North
Sponsored by WAMM Women Against Military Madness

NEW YORK

New York City
Tuesday, December 30
5:00 pm
Israeli Consulate: 800 2nd Ave (b/w 42nd and 43rd Sts)
Contact: 212-694-8720, nyc@answercoalition.org

OHIO

Youngstown, OH
Vigil
Monday, December 29
5:00-9:00pm
Arab American Community Center: 15 Belgrade Ave, Youngstown, OH 44505 (off Belmont between Gypsy & Colonial)
Sponsored by the Arab American Community Center of Greater Youngstown
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Demonstration
Tuesday, December 30
1:003:00pm
Thomas D. Lambros Federal Bldg & U.S. Courthouse: 125 Market Street, Youngstown, OH 44503
Sponsored by the Arab American Community Center of Greater Youngstown

TEXAS

Austin, TX
Monday, December 29
5:00 pm
The Capitol: 11th & Congress
Contact: contact@palestineonlinestore.com
Initiated by a number of local organizations

Houston, TX
Tuesday, December 30
4:00-5:30 pm
Gather at Mandell Bridge (Mandell St. at Hwy. 59)
Contact: rwcsr1@yahoo.com

WASHINGTON

Seattle
Saturday, January 3
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Westlake Park: 4th and Pine
Initiated by Voices of Palestine
Contact: general@voicesofpalestine.org

Tacoma, WA
Tuesday, December 30
5:00 pm
In front of the Courthouse at Pacific Avenue and 19th Street.
Protesters are asked to bring signs, candles, and flashlights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - See District of Columbia

INTERNATIONAL

ENGLAND
London
Monday, December 29
4:006:00 pm
Opposite Israeli Embassy: Kensington High Street
Nearest tube: High Street Kensington
Sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

ITALY
Florence
Tuesday, December 30
5:30 pm
Via Martelli
Sponsored by Comunita' Palestinese in Toscana, Associazione de Amicizia Italo/Palestinese, Comitato Fiorentino Fermiamo la Guerra

WALES
Wednesday, December 31
5:00-6:00 pm
Nye Bevan's statue, Queen St Cardiff
Sponsored by CND Cymru, Palestine Solidarity Cymru

If there is a demonstration in your city, email the details to info@answercoalition.org so it can be posted on the ANSWER Coalition website and listed in any future emails.

Send a letter to the State Department and Congress: Join with people around the country and around the world who are demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel. This is an urgent situation and we must all act now. You can send a letter with our easy click and send system demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel. Without U.S. aid, the Israeli military attacks, siege and blockade of Gaza could not be continued. Click this link now to send a letter to the State Department and elected officials in Congress.

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