The need for justice and peace for the Palestinian (and Israeli) people is way overdue. We need all of those interested in helping bring about a more just situation to join together and try to make sure the U.S. government becomes a positive player for justice and peace in that region.
To do this, we need many advocates in every Congressional District in the country to let our Senators, Congress people and other pertinent government leaders know what they can do to promote justice and peace in this area of the world and that we oppose U.S. government actions that further the injustice and lack of peace in the area.
Therefore, the Pax Christi International Washington Working Group, of which PCUSA is a key member (along with the Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd), is setting up a national grassroots advocacy network. Its initial aims are simple - to get at least two Catholics in as many of the 435 Congressional districts in the country as possible to agree to try to advocate by e-mail (or in other ways) with either their Senators and Congressperson (or another relevant government leaders) at least once per month.
The Faith Forum on Middle East Policy, an ecumenical network of about 14 national Christian organizations seeking just and nonviolent solutions to conflicts in the Middle East, sends out a Third Thursday monthly alert via these organizations. PCUSA, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns and PCI are three of the Faith Forums national organizational members. This action alert will be sent each month to those who sign up to be part of the PCI Israel-Palestine grassroots advocacy network.
We ask you to share this information with all of the members in your region or local group (as well as any other Catholics anyone may know who are concerned about the Palestinian - Israel situation) and inform them of this new advocacy campaign and urge them to join if this is an issue of importance to them.