We are concerned about the violence in Israel/Palestine because the US provides billions of dollars annually in aid to Israel, and because this area is considered sacred to Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
We are appalled by the thousands killed in the latest violence in Gaza, most of them civilians and children, as well as by massive destruction of homes, mosques, schools and hospitals. We equally grieve the deaths suffered in Israel from Hamas rockets.313 signatures
We, the undersigned, support Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace's call to end the cycle of violence in Israel/Palestine and the Middle East. We grieve over the death and destruction caused by endless wars, and are convinced that military force is not the answer. We therefore call on the US government to:
- End the arms trade to the Middle East since US weaponry fuels violence and supports authoritarian governments.
- Cease bombing in Syria and Iraq and cease providing military aid to militant groups.
- Provide instead massive humanitarian efforts (implemented mainly by civilians, not by the military) to rebuild Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas ravaged by US military interventions.
- Engage in diplomacy and negotiation with all parties in these conflicts
- Support a UN investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the recent conflict in Israel/Palestine.
- Demand that Israel immediately end its blockade and siege of Gaza.
- Demand Hamas end its violence and dismantle its offensive arsenal.
We feel that resolving the conflict in Israel/Palestine is an important step towards resolving conflicts throughout the Middle East.
Andy Griggs signed End police violence against African Americans & Latinos 2014-10-16 00:20:49 -0700
Less than three weeks after the officer-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its concluding observations on the United States of America’s report on its record to uphold the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.241 signatures
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) adopts the position of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) report of August 26, 2014.
“…the Committee reiterates its previous concern at the brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against members of racial and ethnic minorities, including against unarmed individuals, which has a disparate impact on African Americans and on undocumented migrants crossing the United States-Mexican border…”
2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. Dr. George F. Regas, Founder & Convener
Episcopal, The Regas Institute
Stephen F. Rohde, Chair
Bend the Arc, Jewish
Dr. Grace R. Dyrness, Vice Chair
Institute for Urban Initiatives
Ed Fisher, Treasurer
Episcopal, Veterans for Peace, Courage to Resist
Veda Veach, Secretary
United Methodist, CA People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
Rev. Louis Chase
United Methodist, Magnolia Park United Methodist Church
Rev. Stephen L. Fiske
Interfaith, Unity and Diversity Council
Rev. Dr. John Forney
Episcopal, Progressive Christians Uniting
Elizabeth F. Hailey
Episcopal, Saint Michael & All Angels
Sherrel A. Johnson
Muslim, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Rabbi Jonathan Klein
Jewish, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice
Jewish, J Street, Bend the Arc
Quaker, Orange Grove Friends Meeting
Muslim, Abrahamic Faiths Peace-making Initiative
Islamic Center of Southern California
Rev. Dr. Rubi W. Omar, PhD
International, Metaphysical Ministries
Fr. Chris Ponnet,
Catholic Archdiocese/Pax Christi USA
Phil WayThe Orange Grove Friends Meeting, PasadenaNeighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of PasadenaMulti-ethnic Peace and Reconstruction Fund
Rod Sprott, Bookkeeper