What YOU can do:
1. Contact the Greek embassy or consulate nearest you. The number for the embassy in Washington DC is 202-939-1324. You can find contact info for the nearest Greek consulate to you here. Tell them to release the ship's captain and let the Audacity of Hope leave Athens safely to sail to Gaza.
2. Call the State Department: Dial 202-647-1300 and urge the State Department to push Greece to let the boats sail.
3. Get involved in local actions: Check the Gaza Freedom March website and post your action to spread the word. Solidarity events are also listed on the US Boat to Gaza website add your action or event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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on a boat to Gaza: this is an important moment in history.
In the aftermath of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla massacre last
year and increased world-wide scrutiny of Israelís blockade
of Gaza, the Israeli government has mounted a huge public
relations campaign spreading the lie that by letting a
few more items into Gaza, the blockade has been lifted. This
is not the reality. Gaza is still under siege, vital building
materials and other supplies are banned, exports of goods
from Gaza are denied, and neither ships nor people can travel
without permission from Israel, permission which Israel will
not give. Gaza is essentially an open-air prison under a U.S.-backed
After last year's flotilla disaster, a group of concerned American citizens came together
to launch a U.S. boat to Gaza called The Audacity of Hope. Five of the women aboard are our very own CODEPINKers,
Medea Benjamin, Ridgely Fuller, Kit Kittredge, Ann Wright,
and Paki Weiland, and well as CODEPINK supporter and renowned
author Alice Walker.
You can read their full bios
The Audacity of Hope was originally scheduled to sail from a Greek port to join the rest of the
international flotilla, but first it was faced with a series of bureaucratic obstacles meant to prevent them from sailing. Rejecting state claims about the boat's "unseaworthiness," those aboard Yhe Audacity of Hope decided to leave anyways. Only twenty minutes into their journey, the Greek Coast Guard
stopped the ship, forced it to return, impounded it in a Greek military
port, and threw the captain in jail. The other flotilla ships planning to leave Greek ports are being detained as well. This is clearly the result of Israeli and American pressure on the Greek government.
Currently, ship passengers and Greek activists are rallying in front of the American embassy in Athens, many of them on hunger strikes. We need your help now and throughout this holiday weekend to put pressure on Greece and the United States to allow the U.S. Boat to Gaza to sail and fulfill its mission of delivering thousands of letters of solidarity from the U.S. to the people of Gaza.