The following call to action is reprinted from the US Palestinian Community Network:
5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to support Palestinian hunger strikers! USPCN calls for National Week of Action!
As the over 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners enter their 36th day on hunger strike, the risks to their health are increasingly grave, so urgent actions in solidarity are of critical importance.
Here are 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to support the hunger strikers’ demands, which include the restoration of regular family visits, an end to solitary confinement, an end to administrative detention (imprisonment for months without formal charge), the strengthening of medical care, and access to education:
Demand a meeting with your U.S. Senator or U.S. Congressperson THIS WEEK, and ask them to pressure Israel to meet the prisoners’ demands. USPCN chapters and coalition partners in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and the Bay Area, thus far, have already made commitments to visit at least one of their Senators or Congresspeople. If your legislator does not recognize the urgency of your request for a meeting, please join this National Week of Action anyway with a picket or protest of her office or other targets, like Israeli consulates, and let us know of your plans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call or write your elected representatives and ask them to make a public statement in support of the hunger strikers, like this powerful one from U.S. Congressman Danny Davis of Illinois.
Black out social media! Change all your social media profile pictures to this one here below and make sure to tag #DignityStrike.
Organize a day-long fast with your families, friends, and / or organizations in support of the Palestinian prisoners, like USPCN’s on May 11th or the one called by Palestinian-American students for Monday, May 22nd.
Call the International Red Cross at 202.587.4600 to demand that it fulfills its obligation to examine the prisoners’ cells; and Amnesty International USA Headquarters at 212.807.8400 to demand it pressure Israel to meet the strikers’ demands.
For more information and regular updates on the hunger strike, follow @uspcn, @Addameer, and @SamidounPP on Facebook and Twitter, as well as these hashtags: #DignityStrike, #PalHunger, and #StopAD.