Ten things you can do to support AFSC's Israel-Palestine and divestment programming
1. Join the We Divest – TIAA-CREF Campaign. Sign the Petition and encourage others to do so. (more information at www.wedivest.org)
2. Host a house party and invite a speaker to come and talk about the We Divest Campaign or about the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Help us reach new people who have these retirement funds, especially those “on the fence” about divestment.
3. Work with your meeting to write a Minute addressing the Israel-Palestine conflict and divestment.
4. Joint together with other meetings working for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine to build a network of Quaker activists. Anne Remley from Ann Arbor Meeting is working to pull together such a network and would love to have others join her in her work. She has been active is supporting meeting around the country interested in addressing divestment and has been in dialog with Friends Fiduciary regarding its investment policies related to the Israeli occupation. Anne can be reached at email@example.com.
5. Join a group in your community working to bring change in Israel-Palestine. If there isn’t a group in your area, consider starting a group that can help raise awareness and organize event in your community.
6. Organize public events that call attention to the campaign. For example, groups in Chicago are organizing a monthly noon time vigil in front of a local TIAA-CREF office that will continue until TIAA-CREF stops investing in companies that profit from Israeli occupation.
7. Dedicate one Sunday a week to letter writing after meeting. [Politicians say they never hear from us.]
8. Go and see – join a delegation to Israel-Palestine led by Interfaith Peace-Builders (www.ifpb.org) or another similar organization.
9. Join the Sabeel intiated Wave of Prayer – Each week Sabeel in Jerusalem sends a message on Thursdays, asking for specific prayers for people in Palestine, as well as for other communities around the world. Each Thursday at noon in Jerusalem, Sabeel holds a service that is open to the community. It is a time to join together in prayer for the specific needs of the region. Following the 2006 Sabeel International Conference, the Friends of Sabeel coordinators met and discussed the idea of “Waves of Prayer.” The premise is that in their respective time zones, individuals and groups around the world will pray together at 12:00 on Thursdays, in solidarity with Sabeel in Jerusalem and with “Friends of Sabeel” worldwide.
10. Support AFSC’s Israel-Palestine work both in the US and in Israel and Palestine and encourage college youth to attend our summer training institute.