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ICUJP Friday Forum
May 31, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

The Golden Rule: Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future

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Event Description:

From its first voyage in 1958, and its recommission from 2015 on, the Golden Rule has been a little boat with a big mission: to stop the possibility of nuclear war! Join the Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project Manager in learning about this boat and how you and others can have hope of eliminating nuclear weapons through taking specific actions.

Join the conversation with our speaker:



Helen Jaccard 
is a crew member and project manager for the Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project 

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

Start your morning with us! 

Facilitator: Rebecca Arvizu
Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **


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ICUJP Friday Forum 05/31/24
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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LOVE FOR PALESTINE ACTION PAGE

Here are links to resources and sample templates for you to contact elected officials and corporations:

Contact your congressional representatives and call for a cease fire (AFSC):

https://afsc.org/action/call-cease-fire-and-humanitarian-access-gaza-now 

Before you dialCheck to see if your Senators and Representative have already called for a ceasefire using the tracker JVP Action has built in collaboration with the Working Families Party.

https://workingfamilies.org/ceasefire-tracker/ 

 

Find your elected officials here:

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

 

Demands (options):

  • Permanent ceasefire
  • Release of hostages
  • Release of mass imprisonment of Palestininans
  • Stop genocide
  • Stop the witholding of food, water, medicine
  • Stop funding genocide and supplying bombs
  • Support/facilitate a just and equitable peace
  • End the Occupation

Sample script:

My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], I'm a [CONSTITUENT / SUPPORTER] of [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME], and I’m calling/writing about Palestine and Israel.

[YOUR KIND GREETING]

For Representatives: [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should cosponsor the ceasefire resolution, House Resolution 786, introduced by Representatives Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.

For Senators: [SENATOR NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should introduce a Senate Resolution calling for a ceasefire, similar to the one in the House.

I am passionate about this because…

  • I have family/friends in the region and…
  • I visited Palestine and witnessed firsthand how
  • My faith compels me to...

While I am speaking as an individual…

  • I talked to my neighbors about this and we all agree that…
  • I’m a member of … and we all agree that…
  • Most U.S. voters agree that the U.S. should push for a ceasefire.
  • Thank you!

Activism resources

Jewish Voices for Peace

https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/resource/first-steps/ 

American Friends Service Committee https://afsc.org/actionhour 

Kinder USA 
https://www.kinderusa.org/about-us/ 

eSims for gaza 
https://gazaesims.com/ 

Where to Donate

UNRWA - UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East

https://donate.unrwa.org/-landing-page/en_EN 

Doctors Without Borders - Palestine

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/palestine 

Corporate Accountability

Letters to Corporations - AFSC https://afsc.org/BoycottChevron 

 

AFSC - How to Divest 
https://investigate.afsc.org/divest 

Scroll down to: Divestment from the Occupation Industry

https://afsc.org/companies-2023-attack-gaza                    

SoCal Local Palestinian Businesses

Jerusalem Chicken 

448 W. Slauson Avnue, Los Angeles 90043 


tacos for palestine

Instagram: lataco

Ike’s Love and Sandwiches

https://www.ikessandwich.com/

3895 Overland Avenue, Culver City 990232

460 North Pacific Highway, El Seundo 90245

4731 Glencoe Avenue Unite B-9A, Marina Del Rey 90292

Anwar Kitchen

https://www.anwarskitchen.com/menus/#specials

217 E 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014


ICUJP's Focus on the Israel/Palestine Conflict

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

I think it was smart that you’re wary of using the word “terrorism,” and if you talk about the cycle of violence, or “an eye for an eye,” you could be perpetuating the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a balanced conflict, instead of a largely unarmed people against the fourth most powerful military in the world.
-- Rachel Corrie

A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.
-- 
Mahmoud Darwish

In the words of ICUJP Convener, the late Rev. George Regas, speaking about a conflict long ago but still resonant today:

The sin at the heart of this war against Iraq is your belief that an American life is of more value than an Iraqi life. That an American child is more precious than an Iraqi baby. God loathes war.

We HAVE to call out the massacre of innocent lives, no matter the ideology behind the crime, or else the Justice and Peace work we do is meaningless.

Long before the tragic events of October 7th of last year, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been shining a light on the Israel/Palestine conflict, and working towards dialogue and solutions that affirm the primary calling of our organization - stating loud and clear that Religious Communities MUST Stop Blessing War and Violence. 

Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 22 years, many of them focusing on conflicts in the Middle East and their ramifications for us in this country. 

Click on the links below to watch the recent Friday Forums we have devoted to the Israel/Palestine crisis:


Friends of Sabeel, A Christian and Secular Voice for Palestine


IfNotNow - Reflections on Diverse Jewish Solidarity with Palestine

Ani Zonneveld - The Politics of Human Rights

Dov Baum - Apartheid-Free Communities in Israel, Palestine, and the U.S
Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamiseh - Reflections on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Marjorie Cohn - South Africa takes Israel to the World Court for Genocide in Gaza
John Parker - Detained Delivering Aid to Gaza
Steve Chase - Speaking Up for Peace with Justice
Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace


Palestine Under Colonialism

George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?
Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination
Jeff Cooper/Carolfrances Likins: Palestine Before And After
Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism
 

When teaching the truth about Israel and Palestine is challenged

Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine


Please give generously to help us in our ongoing work to open doors with dialogue and compassion, and to make change with diligence, creativity, and open hearts and minds.





Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
"Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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