PETITION: URGE THE CITY OF PHOENIX TO SUSPEND BUSINESS WITH BAHRAIN UNTIL BAHRAINI HUMAN RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED
Human Rights Watch reported that Bahraini King Hamad Al-Khalifa has ordered attacks on peaceful pro-democracy protesters atÂ Manamaâ€™s Pearl Roundabout. As of February 22, over seven protesters had died from these attacks and hundreds had been hospitalized from injuries.
The City of Phoenix has signed a memorandum of understanding to create a five-year business agreement with the government of Bahrain. Despite these human right abuses, Mayor Gordon has stated that â€œOnce the situation [in Bahrain] sorts itself out, then we’ll see where the economic opportunities stand.â€ (AZ Central, 2/18/2011) Â However, we strongly urge the City of Phoenix to suspend all business with Bahrain until the Bahraini government fully protects human rights.
Please SIGN the petition and forward to your friends to sign it also! You can sign online here:Â http://www.petitiononline.com/asusjp/petition.html
We will be visiting the TIAA-CREF Phoenix office on December 10 as part of Jewish Voice for Peace’s national divestment campaign:http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/tiaa-cref
We are participants and investors in TIAA-CREF funds who are deeply concerned that TIAA-CREF invests in many companies that profit from IsraelÊ¼s occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Some of these companies provide weapons and covert surveillance supplies that maintain the occupation by force. Others take or exploit Palestinian resources, including scarce water and even the land itself. All are profiting from IsraelÊ¼s violations of international law and international human rights standards.
Amnesty International has launched a Gaza Postcard Action. The plan is to send 10’000 postcards to the White House and call for the lifting of the blockade in Gaza. They have already met the goal of 10’000 postcards which they will be sending but are asking for people to continue sending emails or postcards directly.
The postcard can be printed from here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdf/gazapostcard2010.pdf
The email template can be accessed here: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=14376