[GVCP] GVCP Newsletter 07-07-18


July 8, 2018

Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace
Founded 1972  “Human Race Not Arms Race”
PO Box 363 Geneseo NY 14454  
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July 7, 2018

Dear GVCP Member:

NEXT REGULAR GVCP MEETING is Saturday, July 21st, 1:00 PM (Lunch), 1:30 PM (Meeting).  Mae’s Restaurant, 4182 Lakeville Rd (Route 20A) Geneseo.  Note Saturday meeting date.

This Month’s Letter:  End the blockade of Gaza!  For over a decade, two million Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal military blockade imposed by Israel.  The blockade has had a devastating impact on the civilians in Gaza, so much so that the United Nations has said that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020.  Both the U.N. and the International Committee of the Red Cross have declared the blockade of Gaza to be an illegal form of collective punishment.  

 One way the Palestinian population in Gaza is brutalized is by being denied regular access to electricity. The Gaza power plant and electrical grid suffered significant damage from past conflict.  As a result, residents receive power for only three or four hours per day on a rolling basis.  The lack of power also impacts hospitals, schools, and other facilities.

The power crisis in Gaza could be ended quickly if necessary reconstruction materials were allowed into Gaza, and if Israel was pressured to provide adequate power to Gaza.  Unfortunately, the U.S. government supports the blockade, and has not taken steps to ensure that even basic humanitarian needs are met in Gaza.  

This policy must end.  Tell your Senators and Representative that you want changes in U.S. policy toward Gaza.  Demand that the U.S. support steps to restore power and other humanitarian services in Gaza.  Tell them that you support an immediate, complete, and unconditional end to the blockade on Gaza.  [Adapted from AFSC]

Write to:

Sen. Charles Schumer      Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand         Rep. Chris Collins
Rochester, NY 14614        Rochester, NY 14614          Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: (585) 263-5866     Phone: (585) 263-6250        Phone: (585) 519-4002

It’s easy to send an email message to your Senators and Representatives using the “contact” box on their websites. If Collins isn’t your representative, you can check your representative’s website, or write to him/her at U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC, 20515.

Arnie Matlin for GVCP

GVCP is proud to be affiliated with Peace Action New York State.

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