CPD Fund Appeal
Dear Friend of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,
In the six months since we last appealed to you to support our work, millions of people throughout North Africa and the Middle East have made history. The Arab Spring has decisively refuted the pundits and status quo politicians who claimed that popular movements could never successfully challenge the brutal, corrupt autocracies that have dominated the Arab world for decades. Thanks to your generous support, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy has been able to play an important role in building solidarity with these inspiring democratic movements.
But because we receive no foundation or government grants, CPD depends completely on your individual contributions to sustain our campaigning. That's why we are asking you now to please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Campaign for Peace and Democracy.
The need is urgent. Every day's news stories make it evident that U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa continues to be based on an obsession with military supremacy, a preference for dictators, a commitment to neoliberal economic policies and strategic control of oil supplies, blind support for Israeli intransigence, and fear of allowing the Arab people to acquire real democratic control over their societies. These policies must be turned around if we and the rest of the world are to avoid disaster.
Below is a list of CPD's latest initiatives. They embody our view that the way to build an alternative to war and oppression is to promote solidarity among movements for peace, human rights and social justice across national boundaries, in countries whose rulers are "partners" and "friends" of the United States as well as in those to which Washington is hostile. We have received many heartfelt messages from abroad telling us that our statements provide invaluable help and encouragement to the often beleaguered democratic movements in North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and elsewhere - and we have also been told again and again that they help activists in the United States appreciate how critical it is to strengthen and defend these courageous people. We hope you will take the opportunity to read or re-read these declarations.
- Our June 9, 2011 declaration "CPD Salutes Syria's Courageous Democratic Movement"
- Our June 9 statement condemning Israel's murderous attack on unarmed Palestinians
- Our May 16 sign-on statement "End U.S. Support for Bahrain's Repressive Government" published in The Nation÷ on The New York Review of Books website, and elsewhere in the U.S. has been signed so far by more than 1800 individuals, including hundreds of brave Bahrainis. It is being sent to President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and key members of Congress. To see the statement and list of signers, or to add your name go to our website.
- Our April 6 statement " We Support the Libyan Democratic Revolution and Oppose Western Military Intervention and Domination"
- Our February 25th Delegation of Peace and Human Rights Activists to the U.S. and Iranian Missions to the U.N. to present our statement "End the War Threats and Sanctions Program Against Iran, Support the Struggle for Democracy Inside Iran." The delegation included Dana Balicki, Nader Hashemi, Bill Henning, Madelyn Hoffman, Kathy Kelly, Sara Khaki, Joanne Landy, Bitta Mostofi, Rosemarie Pace, Danny Postel, Azadeh Shahshahani, and Stephen R. Shalom.
- Our February 14th statement heralding the democratic revolution in Egypt.
- Our January 16 statement " We Support the Democratic Revolution in Tunisia "
- Our Dec. 15, 2010 declaration of support for Julian Assange and Wikileaks ´ and, if he was the individual who obtained the Wikileaks cables, Bradley Manning - for helping educate Americans about the cynical manipulations of other countries by the United States.
To repeat, the Campaign depends on your contributions, so please give as generously as you can. To donate through PayPal on line, visit our website. You can also mail us your check made out to Campaign for Peace and Democracy. To make a credit card contribution send us a note by snail mail through the postal service with the amount, your credit card number, expiration date, and the name as it appears on the card. Please indicate if this is a one-time gift or a contribution that recurs monthly. All donations from foreign countries must be made by U.S. money orders or checks payable in U.S. currency drawn on U.S. banks. Our address is:
2790 Broadway, #12, New York, NY 10025
Remember that donations are tax-deductible. Please let us know if you would like us to send you a self-addressed reply envelope for your donation.
Thank you very much in advance for your support. We could not survive without your help.
In peace and solidarity,
Joanne Landy Thomas Harrison
Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison
Co-Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy