Advocacy in Middle East and Europe

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  • UCC and Disciples leaders join in letter to Congress supporting Palestinian children's rights

    On November 18, 2019, twenty-six religious leaders--including United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ, and Global Ministries leaders--signed a letter to Congress in support of the "Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act" (H.R. 2407), legislation that prohibits any U.S. taxpayer funds from contributing to the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children by any country, including Israel.

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Support the rights of Palestinian Children living under Israeli Occupation

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgOn November 20, the International Day of the Child, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN), with Christian faith leaders, will advocate for the rights of Palestinian children who are detained, prosecuted and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the West Bank.  A special public briefing will be held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Congressional Auditorium and Atrium (CVC 200) about this issue and its associated bill, H.R. 2407.  The briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace.

    When: Wednesday, November 20 (International Day of the Child)
    Time: 10:30-11:30 am
    Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Auditorium and Atrium (CVC 200)

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Tell Congress to Affirm Your Right to Use Economic Measures to Promote Justice

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    On July 17, Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced to the US House of Representatives a resolution (H. Res. 496) entitled, “Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.” The resolution cites examples of the use of boycotts, starting with the Boston Tea Party, to rectify instances and policies of injustice. The examples listed are domestic, like the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as well as international, such as the US boycott of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s and of the Soviet Union in the 1980 summer Olympics. The resolution goes on to enumerate cases in which the US Supreme Court upheld the right to boycott as among the rights of free speech protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The resolution currently has 18 co-sponsors.

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  • Letter to Congress Sent Regarding the Right to Use Economic Measures

    12 Christian organizations, including Global Ministries, sent a letter to all members of Congress calling on them to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” included in S.1 and mentioned in H.Res. 246 passed earlier in 2019.

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  • CMEP Action Alert: Tell your Representative, “Stand Up for The Right to Boycott!”

    CMEP_logo.jpgRepresentatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and John Lewis have introduced a resolution affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad. Let us encourage your representatives to join them in standing up for our civil liberties by cosponsoring H.Res 496! 

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