2010 GRANT PROPOSAL US CAMPAIGN TO END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION | PO BOX 21539 | WASHINGTON, DC 20009 202-332-0994| USCAMPAIGN@ENDTHEOCCUPATION.ORG | WWW.ENDTHEOCCUPATION.ORG ABOUT THE US CAMPAIGN TO END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation protest on Capitol Hill, June 10, 2007, on the 40th anniversary of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. The US Campaign is a diverse coalition working for freedom from occupation and equal rights for all by challenging U.S. policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Campaign is based on human rights and international law, providing a non- sectarian framework for everyone who supports its Call to Action. Its strategy is to inform, educate, and mobilize the public so as to change the U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to support peace, justice, human rights, and international law. OUR PRINCIPLES AND PURPOSE * We stand for freedom from occupation, and equal rights for all. International law guarantees these human rights, including the right to exist in peace and security. * We aim to change those U.S. policies that sustain Israel's 42-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and deny equal rights for all. OUR GOALS * We will inform, educate, and mobilize the public regarding the U.S. government's current as well as potential role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. * We seek to change such policies as the billions of U.S. military and economic aid dollars provided despite Israel’s violations of U.S. and international law. * We call for the U.S. to work within the U.N. to implement a just and lasting peace. Captions from photographs on cover. Top row, left to right: Participants get trained for a US Campaign/Interfaith Peace-Builders grassroots lobbying day; Democracy Now! covers the story of US Campaign ads about Israel's attack on the occupied Gaza Strip being censored by DIRECTV; US Campaign supporters demonstrate outside of Caterpillar's annual shareholder meeting in Chicago; Advisory Board member Prof. Rashid Khalidi delivers a keynote address at the US Campaign's 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference. Bottom row, left to right: Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera English speaks with Steering Committee member Bill Fletcher, Jr. about US Campaign boycott and divestment initiatives; US Campaign member groups protest outside a store selling Motorola phones in New York; US Campaign staff and interns at the Washington, DC national office; Rep. Brian Baird speaks out against a resolution on the floor of the House also opposed by the US Campaign. January 2010 Dear friend, Last year began with Israel in the midst of “Operation Cast Lead,” its three-week assault on the occupied Gaza Strip which killed nearly 1,400 Palestinians. As the world watched Israel attack a besieged civilian population, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation galvanized an unprecedented national response to what the Goldstone Report would later document to be violations of human rights, international law, war crimes, and possible crimes against humanity. We mobilized people to take to the streets and tens of thousands responded in hundreds of cities across the country. We mounted a national ad campaign calling for a cease-fire. We organized tens of thousands of phone calls and letters to Congress and the White House, generating enough pressure to prevent the Bush Administration from vetoing a cease-fire resolution at the UN during its final days in office. Our emergency response to “Operation Cast Lead” demonstrated the importance of having a national coalition capable of mobilizing people across the country for unified action and creating real policy change. With more than 325 member groups, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is growing and having a deep impact. We are the broadest and most diverse coalition of organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality and end our country's support for Israel's policies of occupation and apartheid toward Palestinians. Although “Operation Cast Lead” is over, Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip continue to be subjected to Israel's dehumanizing blockade and collective punishment. This ongoing crisis has created urgent momentum for change and the US Campaign and our member groups throughout the country have played a leading role in bringing it about. The mainstream media are starting to respond with a fuller, more genuine discourse on Palestine/Israel. Debate on Capitol Hill is beginning to be more open and multi-dimensional. And campaigns of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) are flowering against Israel and corporations that profit from its occupation and apartheid policies. We hope this grant proposal gives you a taste of how we've taken advantage of this growing political space and what we've done to expand it. In ways large and small, we have played a vital role in pressing the Obama Administration to live up to its commitment to the universality of human rights and in demanding that Congress hold Israel accountable for its misuse of U.S. weapons against Palestinian civilians. We have taken major steps this past year in our BDS campaigns against Caterpillar and Motorola and we are succeeding in holding them accountable before their shareholders for supporting Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians. The US Campaign, through its action alerts, organizing tours, educational resources, conferences, trainings, and organizing campaigns, continues to build and network a collective movement for peace, justice and human rights in order to take advantage of the momentum we're witnessing today. We hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation to help us do even more in 2010! If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything in this grant proposal, please do not hesitate to contact our national staff whose contact information is listed at the bottom of each following page. For peace and justice, Amie Fishman David Wildman Steering Committee Co-Chair Steering Committee Co-Chair CHALLENGING U.S. POLICY The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation works to end U.S. support for Israel's illegal 42-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip and change U.S. policy toward Israel/ Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. In February 2009, the US Campaign and Interfaith Peace-Builders held a grassroots advocacy training and lobbying day attended by nearly 200 participants who came to Washington, DC in the aftermath of Israel's “Operation Cast Lead” against the Gaza Strip to advocate for accountability for Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians and to end its blockade of Gaza. US Campaign's interactive Throughout the year, the US Campaign mobilized its 35,000 individual supporters to advocate Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) map. positions on relevant legislation and policy developments on Capitol Hill. The US Campaign also created a 111th Congressional Report Card and hosted a Capitol Hill briefing for Members of Congress and staff examining the impact of U.S. arms transfers to Israel on Palestinian civilians. In October 2009, the US Campaign also relaunched its Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) network with a new, interactive map to better coordinate grassroots efforts across the country to change U.S. policy. At the end of year, the US Campaign was coordinating efforts with 100 people in 75 Congressional districts in more than 25 states. The US Campaign also worked with hundreds of activists during Congressional recesses to set up constituent meetings with Members of Congress to press for policy change. In 2009, the US Campaign also led a grassroots movement to push the Obama Administration to hold Israel accountable for its misuse of U.S. weapons to kill and injure Palestinian civilians. The US Campaign and its more than 1,000 volunteer organizers across the country generated tens of thousands of letters to the President asking him to cut off President Obama in Cairo, June military aid to Israel because of its human rights record toward Palestinians. 2009. The US Campaign analyzed policy developments during The US Campaign also pressed the White House to pressure Israel to end its blockade of the Obama's first year and pressed him to end military aid to Israel. Gaza Strip; supported its efforts to obtain an Israeli settlement freeze; and criticized its attempts to scotch the Goldstone Report, which documented violations of human rights and international law, war crimes, and possible crimes against humanity committed before, during, and after Israel's Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009 attack on the Gaza Strip. In 2010, the US Campaign will continue to build upon these efforts to change U.S. policy through public education campaigns, grassroots organizing drives, D.C. and in-district Congressional lobbying days, advocacy efforts targeted at both Congress and the Administration, and policy analysis. Specific funding opportunities include: * $20,000 for a national billboard campaign, undertaken in cooperation with the US Campaign's more than 325 member organizations, to draw attention to the effects of U.S. US Campaign will coordinate a military aid to Israel and to call for it to be cut off. national ad campaign in 2010 to challenge military aid to Israel, * $10,000 for an organizing campaign to challenge the FY2011 budget request for military aid similar to this Albuquerque ad. to Israel. Organizing packets will be sent to more than 1,000 volunteer organizers. * $10,000 for a dedicated, interactive website that spotlights budgetary trade-offs involved between military aid to Israel and unmet domestic needs in U.S. communities and encourages users to take action by contacting their Members of Congress. * $5,000 for a grassroots advocacy training and lobbying day in March 2010 in Washington, DC. * $5,000 for the production, printing, and distribution to policymakers, think tanks, & journalists of the US Campaign's first policy paper, entitled “Armed and Dangerous: Weapons Transfers to Israel during the Bush Administration”. For additional information about these programs, please contact Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-332-0994. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT & SANCTIONS Since its founding in 2002, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has supported campaigns of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). These campaigns are part of a strategy to draw attention to and change the policies of U.S. companies that profit from Israeli apartheid and human rights abuses of Palestinians. In 2005, the US Campaign endorsed the Palestinian civil society call for BDS and has contributed to this global call to action by coordinating national BDS campaigns against Caterpillar and Motorola. Caterpillar provides the Israeli military with equipment that it uses to injure and kill Palestinian civilians, demolish Palestinian homes and civilian infrastructure, lay waste to US Campaign poster for its BDS Palestinian agriculture (including hundreds of thousands of olive trees), and build illegal campaign against Caterpillar. settlements and its Apartheid Wall in the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem. In 2009, the US Campaign sent 80 Caterpillar campaign kits to volunteers across the country, organized four national days of action, placed internet ads, and helped arranged a protest inside and outside of Caterpillar's annual shareholder meeting. The US Campaign won a significant victory at last year's Caterpillar shareholder meeting when its CEO publicly told the US Campaign and assembled investors that if they don't like Caterpillar's policies, then they should divest from the corporation. Motorola and its subsidiary Motorola Israel have numerous contracts with the Israeli military that enable its human rights abuses of Palestinians. Motorola provides the Israeli military with advanced communications systems and also has cell phone plans exclusively marketed to Israeli settlers. Motorola also provides “virtual fences” to Israeli settlements. In 2009, the US Campaign sent more than 300 Motorola campaign kits to volunteers across the country and organized five national days of action,in addition to supporting regular local protests. The US Campaign also won two significant victories in its campaign to hold Motorola accountable. In April 2009, Motorola sold its department that made bomb fuses for the Israeli military, a key demand in the US Campaign's boycott effort. In December 2009, cell phone service provider Credo stopped selling Motorola phones after US Campaign supporters pressured it to “Hang Up on Motorola”. Additionally, the US Campaign produced BDS educational resources and training curricula US Campaign postcard for its BDS campaign against Motorola. for campus organizers to start their own BDS campaigns. These resources were utilized at BDS conferences in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Hampshire College. In 2010, the US Campaign will build upon these BDS campaigns to hold Motorola and Caterpillar accountable for profiting from Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians by tailoring existing resources to better suit specific constituencies, such as campuses, congregations, and communities . In addition, the US Campaign will help to organize the boycott campaign against Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics company that operates in two illegal West Bank settlements. Member group Code Pink started its own boycott of Ahava in early 2009 and last September,the US Campaign's membership voted to help coordinate this project, expanding its already vibrant BDS portfolio. The US Campaign Ahava campaign kit will be available for local organizers in January 2010. Specific funding opportunities include: * $10,000 for grassroots organizing campaigns against Caterpillar, Motorola, and Ahava. Organizing In 2010, the US Campaign will help packets—specifically targeted to faith institutions, college campuses, and community initiatives—will be organize the boycott sent to hundreds of organizers across the country. campaign against Israeli settlement * $20,000 for public ad campaigns against these three corporations. cosmetics maker Ahava. * $5,000 for organizing protests at Motorola and Caterpillar's annual shareholders meetings, and national days of action. * $5,000 for trainings and seminars for groups that want to start a BDS campaign in their congregation, campus, or city. For additional information about these programs, please contact Katherine Fuchs, National Organizer, at email@example.com or 202-332-0994. COALITION BUILDING 350 The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is the premier 307 national coalition of organizations working to change U.S. 300 policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, 255 international law, and equality. 240 250 220 200 From the handful of organizations that founded the coalition in 200 2002, the US Campaign has grown in membership to more than 325 organizations by the end of 2009. Not only is the US 150 130 Campaign a large coalition; due to its non-sectarian organizing 85 framework, it is diverse as well, uniting groups across religious 100 and ethnic communities under a common umbrella. 50 In 2009, the US Campaign provided many resources and 0 organizing opportunities for its member groups to strengthen 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 and coordinate their work with like-minded groups across the country. In September 2009, the US Campaign held its 8th Number of US Campaign member groups as of its annual national organizers' conferences. Annual National Organizers' Conference in Chicago, attended by more than 300 people from at least 27 states and 90 member organizations. At each national organizers' conference, delegates from member groups gather to share lessons learned, review the coalition's work, strategize about implementing program priorities, and elect a Steering Committee to guide the work of the US Campaign during the upcoming year. The US Campaign also organized a Grassroots Training Institute as part of this conference to help build the skills-set of activists in the fields of lobbying, BDS campaigns, media, fundraising, and public speaking. The US Campaign also organized five regional meetings for its member groups in March 2009 in Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and Portland. These meetings facilitated cross-organizational planning and led to joint campaigning around US Campaign priority programs. The US Campaign also hosted regular telephone conference call briefings for its member groups throughout the year to keep them up-to-date on political developments, and facilitated regional list-serves for member groups to coordinate actions throughout the year. In addition, the US Campaign continued to publish its bi-weekly electronic newsletter, “Occupation End Notes,” which provides a forum for member groups to advertise their accomplishments to a broader audience and keep up-to-date with developments in the worldwide movement for Palestinian human rights and a just Israeli-Palestinian peace. In 2010, the US Campaign will continue to expand the size of its coalition and work with its more than 300 member organizations to provide them with resources and opportunities to be as effective as possible. Specific funding opportunities include: * $15,000 for the US Campaign's 9th Annual National Organizers' Conference and Grassroots Training Institute, tentatively scheduled to be held in July 2010 in Kansas City or Denver. * $5,000 for regional and state meetings of member groups of the US Campaign. * $5,000 for resources and organizing packets distributed to member groups. * $5,000 for tabling at conferences of other organizations to build the coalition and expand the presence of the US Campaign. * $10,000 for publication of the US Campaign's bi-weekly on-line newsletter, Actor/social activist Danny Glover “Occupation End Notes.” addresses the US Campaign's 5th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Dearborn, MI, September 2006. For additional information about these programs, please contact David Hosey, National Coalition Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-332-0994. MEDIA & SOCIAL NETWORKING In 2009, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation successfully increased its media profile and utilized new social networking technologies to get its message out to the broadest audience possible. The US Campaign gave interviews and/or generated media coverage of its work in about 75 mainstream television, radio, and print media outlets in 2009, including NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, Detroit Free Press, Reuters, Forbes, BBC Radio, Democracy Now!, Chicago Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Ha'aretz, The Forward, and Arab American News. In addition, the US Campaign filled in the gaps in the mainstream media’s coverage of Israel/Palestine by creating its own media. In January 2009, the US Campaign made international headlines when satellite television provider DIRECTV censored an ad it had contracted for calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. After being censored, the US Campaign ran the ad on dozens of popular blogs, allowing millions of internet users to view the commercial. The US Campaign created other videos related to its programmatic work as Diana Buttu and Eddie Makue on a US Campaign well, including a Capitol Hill briefing to call attention to the effects of U.S. anti-apartheid speaking tour, interviewed on military aid to Israel and a spoof of Motorola's product launch for its new Democracy Now!, November 2008. Droid cell phone. In January 2009, the US Campaign also published a full-page ad in the inaugural edition of Congressional Quarterly, the largest circulating publication targeting decision-makers in Washington, D.C., calling on the incoming Obama Administration to make fundamental changes to U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine. In addition, the US Campaign took advantage of new social networking technologies to spread the word about its work. In May 2009, the US Campaign established a blog and has since posted more than 200 entries to it, linking political developments into the US Campaign's ongoing organizing work. The US Campaign also expanded its use of its Facebook group, established a Twitter feed, added to its collection of US Campaign ad calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza videos on its YouTube channel, and set up its own podcasting channel. Strip, censored by DIRECTV, January 2009. In 2010, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will expand its presence in the mainstream media and increase the sophistication of its use of social networking technologies to get its message out to an even broader audience. Specific funding opportunities include: * $15,000 for the design and placement of print and video advertisements to expand the reach of the US Campaign's message. * $5,000 for support for writing and distributing press releases and advisories and for follow-up with the media, including subscriptions to media databases. Josh Rushing (left) of Al Jazeera English interviews US Campaign Steering Committee member Bill * $15,000 for design and placement of on-line ads on blogs, search engines, Fletcher, Jr. (right) about BDS, February 2009. social networking sites, and more to expand the US Campaign's message to new audiences. For additional information about these programs, please contact David Hosey, National Media Coordinator, at email@example.com or 202-332-0994. WHO WE ARE 2010 BUDGET Contact Us Income Conference Registrations $10,000.00 US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation Contributions, Foundations $35,000.00 PO Box 21539 Washington, DC 20009 Contributions, Individuals $155,000.00 202-332-0994 Grants $25,000.00 http://www.endtheoccupation.org firstname.lastname@example.org Membership Dues $30,000.00 Merchandise Sales $10,000.00 Staff Other Income (Honorariums, Reimbursements) $3,000.00 Mike Coogan, Office Manager Total Income $268,000.00 Katherine Fuchs, National Organizer David Hosey, National Media Coordinator Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director Expenses Cost of Merchandise for Sale $2,000.00 Steering Committee Event Expenses $53,000.00 Phyllis Bennis Judith LeBlanc Informational Activities (Ads, Web, Email) $17,700.00 Jennifer Bing-Canar David Matos Felicia Eaves Peter Miller Support of Similar Organizations $1,000.00 Amie Fishman Sophia Ritchie Fundraising Expenses $18,000.00 Bill Fletcher, Jr. Shakeel Syed Adam Horowitz David Wildman General & Admin Meeting Costs $1,200.00 Office Expenses $23,600.00 Advisory Board Employee Health Insurance $15,000.00 Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel Hany Khalil Payroll Expenses $1,500.00 Susan Abulhawa Prof. Rashid Khalidi Huwaida Arraf Prof. Mark Lance Payroll Taxes $35,000.00 Prof. Naseer Aruri Kevin Martin Prof. Joel Beinin Nabil Mohamad Salaries $100,000.00 Kathy Bergen Dr. Nancy Murray Total Expenses $268,000.00 Kathy Engel Prof. Barbara Ransby Nadia Hijab Mariam Said Net Income $0.00 Interns Rana Abu-Libdeh Dan Riley Jen Lauda Education for Just Peace in the Middle East, which is registered in the District of Columbia to do business as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. Donations made to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Its Employer Identification Number is 42-1636592 and its Form 990 tax returns can be viewed at GuideStar.org. At the US Campaign's national office in Washington, DC. Pictured (from left to right): Brittany Muffett, former intern; Omar Masri, former National Membership & Outreach Coordinator; Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director; Katherine Fuchs, National Organizer; David Hosey, National Media Coordinator.
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