would be the 30th birthday of my daughter Rachel,
who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as
she tried to save a Palestinian family's home from demolition.
Last month, when my husband Craig and I traveled to Gaza with
CODEPINK, it was so moving for
us to reconnect with the families and the children that Rachel
cared so deeply about.
793,520 children of Gaza (56% of the population) have lived
under occupation and siege all of their lives. They
suffered unconscionably through the attacks and devastation
inflicted upon them by the Israeli military during twenty-two
days of horror in December and January. Hundreds did not survive.
But those who did, still smile and laugh like all children.
They are beautiful, resilient, curious and full of potential.
They deserve the basics that all children in the world should
have: ample food, clean water, healthcare, safe places to
play and learn. They deserve the tools to deal with their
nightmares, and sleep that is not punctuated by bombing. They
deserve life, freedom, and hope.
can be a part of the hope and the solution by arming ourselves
with the experience, knowledge, and insight to be stronger
advocates for these children and their families--to open the
borders, to end the siege, to end the occupation, and to see
hope you will join CODEPINK in
the campaign to Speak
Out for the Youth of Gaza.
May 28-June 5, is open to everyone and will enter from
Jewish delegation, June 5-14, will enter from Israel. Click
here to find out how
to travel with us.
If you canít join our delegation, you can still help the children
of Gaza. Your donation of $10
will purchase a backpack full of school supplies for one child.
$100 will contribute toward
building an International Friendship Playground at one of the schools
bombed during the invasion. To
donate, click here and
if you want to help Gazan children in your motherís name, you
can donate and we will send her a card with news of your gift.
And donít forget, you are all invited to our Motherís
Day celebration in front of the White House May 9-10! For more info,
you for showing the children of Gaza that another world is possible!
Audrey, Blaine, Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janna, Janet,
Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Lydia, Medea, Nancy, Pam, Paris, Rae and
P.S. Weíd love for you to be part of our
Virtual Motherís Day Quilt--an online photo mosaic
that showcases our strength and diversity as mothers and women working
for peace. Upload our Motherís Day pledge here,
take a photo of yourself holding the print out, and send the picture
along with your name, location and any other info youíd like
us to include, and weíll add you to our quilt. We canít
wait to see your beautiful face!
one of our Delegations for the Children of Gaza
to help the Children of Gaza
what these famous women have to say about Motherís Day and
join us in DC