An open letter to the President & U.S. Congress


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Hi staffer, I hope you're doing well. I can only imagine how stressful it is right now. I want you to know I'm grateful for the work you do. I don't know if you've ever thought of it this way, but you are a filter between reps and constituents- you see me in a way they never will. I'm asking that you use your proximity to power to amplify the voices of Americans begging our government to put an end to the genocide of Palestinians. It would be incredibly impactful if you joined in another staffer walkout. If you do, please know that I support you, and if there's a way to do that beyond the encouragement in this letter, I will do so. I see you as the only accessible part of the government left to hear me. I hope you understand that when we're asking for Palestine to be free, we're not asking for Jewish people or Israelis to be harmed. Labeling everyone as antisemitic is a tool to silence and distract from the truth- this is a war of "light and dark", but it's not the one being widely portrayed. This is the will of the people vs. a government that will not listen. Hospitals are currently under attack- civilians are being shot trying leave, NICU babies are in urgent need of help. As for your boss, this is my message: I ask you to: - Call for an immediate ceasefire. A "humanitarian pause" is completely insufficient to address the dire needs of Palestinians - Withdraw all U.S. troops in the area sent to assist Israel - Permanently end all monetary and military contributions to Israel- whether that form is financing through my tax dollars, shared intelligence, provision of military weapons and technology, or any other type of assistance that directly or indirectly supports their genocidal and apartheid state - Give all financial contributions allocated to Israel to humanitarian relief in all of occupied Palestine to to help them rebuild, care for the sick & injured, bury the dead with dignity, and ensure all of their basic needs are taken care of and are unable to be restricted by any occupying power now and in the future - Call for and do everything in your power for the immediate end of apartheid, occupation, and ethnic cleansing of Palestine - Continue to speak out against the disturbing rise of antisemitism, but also condemn the same rise of Islamophobia tearing our country apart - Not sponsor, author, or otherwise assist in passing legislation that aims to directly or indirectly target Palestinians - Protect my freedom of speech and actively work against any and all efforts of censorship and governmental control of the Internet - Restore my right to speak freely and be protected against anti-BDS laws, discrimination, targeting, or other forms of harassment for speaking out against a government and political ideology - Do whatever possible to support both Israelis and Palestinians in efforts for real and long-lasting peace, safety, freedom, and equal rights for both groups.

▶ Created on November 15 by Sarah

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