|Action Alert: Urge your member of Congress to sign on in support of people-to-people peace efforts!|
|news - on the Hill|
|Friday, 12 March 2010 02:00|
Every day, tens of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians are cooperating to improve conditions on the ground and build support for peace. Now is your chance to support them by asking your member of Congress to sign a letter in support of continued U.S. funding for these projects!
On March 11, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) circulated to his colleagues in the U.S. House a draft letter in support of continued U.S. funding for the many critical projects that promote cooperation and coexistence between israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews (see the letter here). Crowley is asking his fellow members to join him in signing the letter by March 17, 2010. Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA), was the first to sign on.
The annual 'Dear Colleague" letter requests congressional appropriators to allocate $12 million for people-to-people projects in the Middle East in FY 2011, the upcoming fiscal year. The funds are managed through a competitive grant process by USAID's Office of Conflcit Management and Mitigation.
When ALLMEP first began advocating for U.S. support of people-to-people projects, the U.S. spent just $8 million on such projects all around the world, with no specific funds targeted at the Middle East. As of FY 2010, the U.S. is spending $26 million worldwide, including $10 million in the Middle East.
Please urge your member of Congress to sign onto Congressman Crowley's letter today! The letter closes on March 17th.
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Send an email to your representative here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml. Or, call via the main switchboard at: (202) 224-3121.