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UPDATE July 2 2015: The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is circulating a letter to the IMF, pressing the IMF to back off on its austerity demands in the debt negotiations with Greece. Senator Sanders has signed the letter. The letter has been endorsed by AFL-CIO, Just Foreign Policy, Public Citizen, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Campaign for America's Future.
We want to get as many members of the CPC as possible to sign the letter before it closes at the end of the day TODAY.
If your Rep is a member of the CPC, call them NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say
I urge you to sign the CPC letter urging the IMF to show greater flexibility in the debt negotiations with Greece. The letter closes today.
When you're done, report your call using the form below.
Progressives around the world are speaking up against what the International Monetary Fund is doing to Greece. Tens of thousands protested in Athens last night.  Their protests have been echoed by Nobel-prize winning US economists Paul Krugman  Joseph Stiglitz , and by former Archibishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, rejecting the IMF's austerity demands.  Yesterday, Working Families  and Just Foreign Policy  sent alerts calling on President Obama and Congress to stand with Greece against the IMF.
One group of people who haven’t spoken up yet: progressives in Congress. Today, we want to change that. If your Representative is a member of the Congressional Progressive Congress, call them now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:
“As a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, I urge you to make a public statement against what the IMF is doing to Greece.”
When you're done, report your call below.
For Immediate Release
Last week, the American Friends Services Committee, in conjunction with a coalition of other groups, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill on the situation for Palestinian children under the Israeli military occupation — particularly those detained by the military As UNICEF has reported, “the ill-treatment of Palestinian children who come in contact with the military detention system is widespread, systematic, and institutionalized from the moment of arrest until the child's prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.”
As a follow-up to this briefing, Rep. Betty McCollum has initiated a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry summarizing the issue and urging the State Department to take specific action:
Secretary Kerry, we urge the Department of State to elevate the human rights of Palestinian children to a priority status in our bilateral relationship with the Government of Israel. Furthermore, we fully expect the State Department to address the status of Israel’s military detention system’s treatment of Palestinian children in its annual human rights report.
Call your Representative NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say
I urge Rep. _____ to sign Rep. McCollum's letter to Secretary John Kerry urging the State Department to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in our relationship with Israel.
Here are a few talking points should you need them:
On Sunday, in the course of an article about Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders attracting huge crowds in Iowa, the New York Times told us that