People’s Organization for Progress

P. O. Box 22505
Newark, NJ 07101-2505
Phone: 973-801-0001

“Celebrating 29 + Years 1983 – 2012″

November 20, 2012

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

We are members of the People’s Organization for Progress, based in Newark, Irvington, Plainfield, Montclair, Teaneck and other New Jersey cities. For close to 30 years, we have fought for racial, social and economic justice, culminating over this last year in 381 days of demonstrations in Newark for a jobs program, against foreclosures and evictions, for an affordable college education, to stop privatization of public education, to preserve workers’ rights and collective bargaining, for universal healthcare for all, and for peace and justice in the US and in the world. Over the last decade, we have registered more than 3,000 voters and have built a coalition of 179 organizations that join with us.

Now we write to you because of Israel’s horrifying and brutal air assault on Gaza, coming only four years after the last all-out invasion that killed more than 1400 people, at least one third of them children. Drones and F-16s are bombing densely populated communities in Gaza, once again killing women, children, who are non-combatants by any civilized definition. On Sunday morning, 11 people, nearly an entire family, was wiped out by a bomb that landed on their home. An 11 month-old baby was killed when a bomb hit the family’s home a few days before.

We do not condone rocket attacks into Israel by Palestinian militant groups, but, because you are OUR president, and billions of dollars of OUR tax money go to the state of Israel, it is our obligation to urge YOU to make sure that Israel is not allowed to violate US laws that prohibit using our assistance, financial and military, in human rights violations, like targeting of civilian homes and infrastructure and collective punishment. Ever since Hamas was elected in Gaza, a policy of collective punishment of Gazans has been pursued, with their tiny territory virtually cut off by land, air and sea from normal interaction with the rest of the world. This has led to a degree of hardship, hunger, desperation that will have terrible consequences for the foreseeable future.

We join with a growing coalition of  Christians, Muslims and Jews to urge you to take decisive action to stop payment on  the Israeli military getting a blank check from the US. Stop the Bombs. Stop the Siege of Gaza. Stop Payment on the Blank Check to Israeli military.




Lawrence Hamm
People’s Organization for Progress


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