Monday, January 4, 2010

Gaza Freedom Marchers issue "Cairo Declaration," pledge to fight apartheid

We've been trying to compile some of the media coverage of the Gaza Freedom March here at the US Campaign. You can also check updates on the Gaza Freedom March website and blog, and see a listing of media coverage here. Especially check out Robert Naiman's report, "What We've Accomplished So Far"; Phil Weiss as "The Reluctant Radical"; and Emily Ratner of US Campaign member group NOLA Palestine Solidarity who writes that "from the pyramids to the checkpoints, we have had many victories." Just as importantly, check out report backs from solidarity actions around the world, including actions organized by US Campaign member groups like Alaskans for Palestine (who vigiled in 8 degree weather!), Al-Nakba Awareness Project, Friends of Sabeel Colorado, Aware!, and Colorado Jews for a Just Peace, Friends of Sabeel Hawaii, Jewish Voice for Peace Chicago, Seattle Palestine Solidarity Committee, and many others. Staff from the US Campaign national office (and the US Campaign banner) came out for vigils in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD: (See more video from the Gaza Freedom March at Palestine Video) -- So, what's next for the Gaza Freedom Marchers and their supporters? Before dispersing, the international delegates met together and agreed to wording on a "Cairo Declaration to End Israeli Apartheid." The document calls for "a global mass, democratic anti-apartheid movement to work in full consultation with Palestinian civil society to implement the Palestinian call for BDS," and includes concrete next steps such as an international speaking tour, work on boycott and divestment within trade unions, legal actions, and participation in the 2010 Israeli Apartheid Week. You can read the full text of the Cairo Declaration and view signatories here, but you don't have to wait to get involved. Find out how to stand up against Israeli apartheid and engage in campaigns of boycott and divestment in your community, right now! The Gaza Freedom March has called for further action in our communities, schools, unions, and faith communities--will you respond?