I sent two white roses to Obama today through a human rights group called CodePink. This is the e-mail they sent me descibing the delivery of 1000 white roses in the name of the children of Gaza:
Thank you for sending a white rose to Obama to let him know we will not be silent about the atrocities in Gaza. We were overwhelmed by your response. It was already late in the afternoon on Thursday when we sent out the white rose alert, and our action was scheduled for the next day at noon. We thought a few hundred people would respond, and made arrangements to get 300 roses. By the time we woke up in the morning, we had heard from almost 1000 people! So we ran all over Washington DC buying up white roses, and in the end, had to add in some white carnations to get to 1000!
We set them up at the St. Johns Church across the street from Obama's hotel (the Hay-Adams) while we held a press conference. CODEPINK cofounders Gael Murphy and Medea Benjamin explained our action and how the white roses have come to signify speaking out against injustice-and how we wanted Obama to speak out for a ceasefire in Gaza.
After a period of negotiations between us, the police, secret service and the owners of the hotel, we were finally able to deliver some of the roses and were promised that they would get to the President Elect. The rest we took over to the Obama transition office, and a third bunch we kept for a memorial service.
It was a moving action, and we can't thank you enough for making it happen. Click here to see a slide show of our bouquet of peace.
You can take further action by calling your representatives TODAY.
Last Friday, the House voted to pass H.Res.34, "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself" and "reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel." To see how your Representative voted, click here.
--If your Representative voted NO or Present, thank her/him today at 202-224-3121, and ask her/him to cosponsor Rep. Denis Kucinich's resolution which calls for "an immediate and unconditional ceasefire" and "unrestricted humanitarian access" to the occupied Gaza Strip.
--If your Representative voted YES, express your displeasure at the vote and ask her/him to cosponsor Rep. Kucinich's resolution.
For an excellent point-by-point explanation of the Senate vote, click here.Thank you for being a part of our beautiful bouquet of voices,Audrey, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janet, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Lydia, Medea, Nancy, Paris, and Rae
Two of my senators, (Harry Mitchell and former Governor Napolitano) voted "Yea" to continue support of "Israel's right to defend itself". Letter writing commences yet again today. Please check the link provided, see how your senators voted and if they voted "Yea", PLEASE write a letter asking them to accept Dennis Kucinich's version of a resolution.
Stay involoved! Don't give up or be silent. Gaza needs us. The children of the world need us to do this for them.
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