Friends, at this time of Thanksgiving, having just received a major blow to so many of our aspirations, and as we continue our organizing with great haste, it is a good time of year to reflect on our blessings and to do what we are able for those who do not share the same bounty. We’ve been doing this a long time at the Office of the Americas. In the 70s, even before the OOA existed, our focus was on the despicable condition of our own US policies and actions in Central America. OOA brought delegations to Nicaragua to enlighten, to educate the delegates so that they could become messengers of opposition. In the 90s, it was Baghdad, Cuba, Kuwait. It wasn’t just our bombs that caused the destruction, but the sanctions the US put in place that killed millions of civilians.
In the 21 century we formed a core group to be in the opposition to the vengeance and aftermath of 9/11. We never had to say we supported the Civil War before we were against it. The fundamentals remain the same. This organization, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, continues. If you’re someone who doesn’t buy into US foreign policy as it stands, and thinks there needs to be a more educated, critically thought out and compassionate debate – well, you need it now. More than ever.
We are so happy about the response of our people. Hundreds of thousands in the street who understand what’s going on in our country. Here’s Kathy Kelly, with a wonderful quote.
In July 1941, Albert Einstein, ten months a U.S. citizen, wrote Eleanor Roosevelt asking her, as First Lady, to raise with the president the matter of lifting bureaucratic hurdles so that Jewish refugees threatened by Hitler’s final solution could be granted entry into the U.S. “I know of no-one else to whom to turn for help,” he wrote. But the U.S. government chose not to heed Einstein’s appeal. The following year, some 2.7 million Jews—nearly half of all Jewish victims of the Holocaust—were annihilated. (Read More)