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December 2, 2013

Dear Friend of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,

         We write to ask for your support at a moment when protests and struggles for justice, freedom and ecological survival are erupting throughout the world. These struggles are embattled – whether they are Egyptians from the “third square” movement resisting both the military government and the Muslim Brotherhood, or Syrians trying to build an alternative to the murderous Assad regime on one side and jihadi-type fundamentalists on the other. In Greece, people continue to fight both fascists and a government that nourishes them with its relentless austerity policies. In Iran the struggle for freedom has not yet been won, but recent elections expressed the hopes of the majority for democratic reform.

        We need your help to continue our work in support of those movements at this critical time. Information on how to donate is on our web pageand at the end of this letter.

         In the United States, an enormous part of the population, maybe even a majority, is in varying degrees hostile to military interventionism abroad and ever-worsening corporate domination, erosion of civil liberties, and economic inequality at home. We’ve seen the birth of a movement for a $15 an hour minimum wage, strikes and protests by low wage workers at Walmart and other employers, courageous immigrant struggles, and widespread revulsion at the government’s vast surveillance program.

       New York’s mayoral elections in November showed that people were fed up with Bloomberg’s racist “stop and frisk” regime and his stubborn defense of the 1%. Polls show that even socialism is no longer the taboo it once was. In Seattle a socialist candidate won a seat on the city council, and in Minneapolis another socialist came close to doing the same. But its clear that U.S. politics remains trapped in a political system that is committed to the prosperity and power of corporate and military elites domestically and throughout the world. To challenge and ultimately to break this stranglehold, we still have major struggles ahead.

        CPD believes that the first step towards the creation of an alternative to war and oppression is to promote solidarity among movements for peace, human rights and social and environmental justice within the United States and across national boundaries throughout the world including solidarity with democratic forces in countries whose rulers are at odds with the U.S. government.

        Below are some of our 2013 activities:



Striking Greek teachers





         CPD depends on your contributions, so please give as generously as you can. To donate on line, visit our website. You can mail your check made out to Campaign for Peace and Democracy. For credit card donations, mail the amount, credit card number, expiration date, and your name, indicating whether this is a one-time donation or a gift that recurs monthly.  Foreign donations must be made by U.S. money orders or checks payable in U.S. currency drawn on U.S. banks. Our address is Campaign for Peace and Democracy, 2790 Broadway, #12, NY, NY 10025. Donations are tax-deductible.

        Thank you very much in advance for your support -- we could not survive without your help.

In peace and solidarity,
Joanne               Tom
Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison
Co-Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
New York, NY, USA