time for true statesmanship and gutsy leadership that gathers strength
from peacemaking, not saber-rattling.
While George Bush's war mongering has made the U.S. hated all over
the world, this week former president Jimmy
Carter's courageous efforts in the Middle East could
be crucial steps toward restoring peace to the region. After all,
Carter negotiated the only lasting peace in the Middle East -- the
Egypt-Israel peace accord that has prevented an Arab-Israeli war
US mainstream media has blasted Carter for meeting with leaders
of Hamas--the party that won the January 2006 elections in Palestine.
We, on the other hand appreciate his tremendous courage and conviction:
by agreeing to talk with Hamas, Carter is
staying true to America's democratic principles of recognizing
the legitimacy of a representative government, while underscoring
the hypocrisy of the US mainstream media and the White House. The
UK's Guardian Unlimited best describes Carter's foresight
and political pragmatism:
understood that no matter how odious one might find Hamas, there
simply is no alternative to dealing with them. And in negotiating
with them, Carter was only doing what Israel and the US should be
doing themselves. In fact, many experts in both countries predict
that the US and Israel will eventually be doing this themselves
despite all protestations to the contrary. More...
here to send Jimmy Carter a thank you and a Pink
Badge of Courage for his efforts to actively seek a solution to
the agonizing conflict between Israel and Palestine. We will deliver
your signature directly to the Carter
Center in Atlanta, along with a beautiful Jerusalem
Hope Candle crafted by Israeli and Palestinian women
that embodies Carter's vision of creating durable peace in the Middle
too, can be a citizen diplomat and show the peace-loving face of
the American people by taking one of our reality tours to the Middle
Our sister organization Global Exchange will be hosting a citizens'
delegation to Iran in October, a focus on the plight
of Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria from November 26 - December
06 and a life-changing
trip to Palestine and Israel from December 6 - 16.
don't have to go overseas to be a citizen diplomat.
Please join us in Washington, DC at the legendary CODEPINK
house on Capitol Hill to help us spread peace through the halls
of Congress and around town. Click
here to apply. We especially encourage you to come in
June and July, when we will be hosting week-long
training/action sessions. You'll leave DC feeling invigorated
inspired, and ready to take action back home!
let's thank Jimmy Carter for his extraordinary efforts, and commit
to following his lead as citizens deeply committed to diplomacy,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Liz, Medea, Nancy, Rae,