We ask Occupy and all U.S. social justice activists to join us in mobilizing to defend our Egyptian brothers and sisters by immediately organizing mass convergences on Egyptian embassies, missions, consulates, and at U.S. government offices, to demand:
'Cancel all US aid and shipment of military and police materiel to Egypt!
'Stop the murders, tortures and detentions!
'Release all detainees and political prisoners!
'Immediate end to military rule in Egypt!
'Issued by (list in formation) (Individual endorsers below):
Ad Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian Revolution
Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Al-Nakba Awareness Project
Bay Area United Against War Newsletter
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice
Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Canadian Peace Alliance
Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR)
Circle of the Living Earth – AIWP
Coalition of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, Egypt
Community Organizing Center – Columbus, OH
Egyptian Association for Change- NY
Existence is Resistance
Fallout Shelter – Fallon, MO
Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment-GABRIELA USA
Freedom Road Socialist Organization/OSCL
Individuals for Justice
International Action Center
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
International League of People’s Struggles LOC
International Socialist Organization
Jan25 Solidarity for Democracy Network
Labor for Palestine
League for the Revolutionary Party
Middle East Crisis Committee
Muslims for Peace, Justice, and Progress
National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
No More Victims
National Lawyers Guild – Muslim Defense Committee – New York
New York City Labor Against the War
News and Letters Committee
Occupy Mobile, Alabama
Occupy Modesto Jr College
Occupy Santa Ana
Occupy Terre Haute
Occupy Washington, DC
Occupy Yerevan, Armenia
Organizacion Socialista Internacional – Puerto Rico
Organization for Black Struggle
Palestine Solidarity Network – Bay Area
People’s Video Network
Portland Labor for Peace and Justice
Progressive Democrats of America, Miami Chapter
Progressive Democrats of America, Ohio Chapter
Radio Free Maine
Raha Iranian Feminist Collective
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Siegebusters Working Group
6 of April Youth Movement America
Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Chicago
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights
The T.E.L. That Foundation
United National Antiwar Coalition
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
US Labor Against the War
US Palestinian Community Network
Women Against Killing – Berkeley, CA
Workers World Party
Please endorse and circulate this appeal widely. Please send statements with these demands to the bodies listed below. By endorsing, your organization commits to making these phone calls and following up continuously for the next week.
www.defendegyptianrevolution.org and firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent days, protesters demanding civilian rule in Egypt have again been murdered, maimed and tortured by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Interior Security Forces (ISF).
The conspiracy, being brutally implemented in Egypt, is part of a global conspiracy to suffocate mass movements for socio-economic justice and is being done with direct assistance of the American government and the private interests which direct that government. We have word from friends in Egypt that SCAF, ISF and their hired thugs — armed by ongoing shipments of $1.3 billion in weapons from the U.S. government — plan to execute one by one all the leaders of the revolution, and as many activists as they can.
Accordingly, we need to ensure that people and organizers in the US and internationally are involved in closely monitoring the events unraveling in Egypt. By keeping track of the atrocities committed by SCAF and ISF, keeping track of those detained, tortured or targeted, and continuously contacting officials in Egypt and the US to demand accountability, cessation of the atrocities and justice, we can add pressure on SCAF, ISF and the forces they represent. In this way we may be able to play a role in helping save the lives of our Egyptian brothers and sisters.
Evidence of the conspiracy to execute the leaders and participants of Egyptian freedom movement, includes in very small part the following:
- Sheikh Emad of Al Azhar was killed by a bullet entering his right side from short range. This was seen at first hand by witnesses known to members of our coalition. Sheikh Emad was one of a small number of Azhar Imams issuing decrees in support of the revolution. His murder was no accident.
- Sally Tooma, Mona Seif, Ahdaf Soueif, and Sanaa Seif, all female friends and relatives of imprisoned blogger and activist Alaa abd El Fattah, and all known internationally for their political and/or literary work, were detained, and beaten in the Cabinet building.
- A woman protesting against General Tantawi, head of SCAF, was detained and then tortured by having the letter “T” in English carved into her scalp with knives.
- Detainees are being tortured while in courtroom holding pens. Two men (Mohammad Muhiy Hussein is one of them) were killed in those pens.These are only a small number of the horror stories we are hearing. And we continue to receive reports from Cairo about a massive army presence in Tahrir Square and the constant sound of gunshots.These are only a small number of the horror stories we are hearing. And we continue to receive reports from Cairo about a massive army presence in Tahrir Square and the constant sound of gunshots.
In every way, Egypt’s fight is our fight. Just like us, Egyptians are the 99%, fighting for social, political and economic justice.
The same 1% that arms the Egyptian dictatorship commits systematic violence in this country against the Occupy movement; antiwar and solidarity activists; and Arabs, Muslims, and other communities of color.
As the US Palestinian Community Network recently observed, “the same US-made tear gas rains down on us in the streets of Oakland, Cairo and Bil`in.”
Because of Egypt’s key strategic location, the fate of its revolution echoes across the world. Its success will bring us all closer to achieving economic and social justice. But its defeat would be a major blow to social justice movements everywhere, including Occupy.
In short, Egypt is key to the continued success of the Arab Revolution, and movements she has inspired.