Legislative Alert: Ask Reps to Support Ceasefire and Diplomacy !
Peace and justice cannot be achieved through shooting civilians, holding hostages, conducting air strikes on densely populated neighborhoods, and depriving millions of people of food, water, electricity, and medicine.
Please call your Senators and Congressional Representative (Congressional switchboard 202-224-3121) and urge them to:
*Stand for a ceasefire, de-escalation, adherence to international law and diplomacy.
*Refrain from causing even more deaths through additional weapons to Israel and incendiary rhetoric.
Most important, ask your Congressional Representative to co-sponsor new House Resolution urging “the Biden administration to immediately call for and facilitate de-escalation and a ceasefire” and “to promptly send and facilitate the entry of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.”
Co-sponsored by Representatives Cori Bush (MO-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-12), André Carson (IN-07), Summer Lee (PA-12), and Delia C. Ramirez (IL-03), alongside Representatives Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Jonathan Jackson (IL-01), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) .
See previous Congressional letter urging restraint:
Please share this alert widely with friends and family. And let us know of any significant response from Congressional offices.
Linkedis a sampling of some of the best English-language analysis from progressive and anti-imperialist voices that have appeared since October 7th. We know that no amount of analysis or contextualization can soothe the pain that many people on every side are feeling. But we believe these voices can help inform our efforts to demand an immediate ceasefire to prevent the further escalation of the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Gaza, while also addressing the root causes of the violence, supporting non-terrorist means of resistance to the occupation, and forging a future in which Palestinians and Jews can both live with dignity and security.
As these sources make clear, there are many people on the Left – Jews, Palestinians, and others–who are working toward those goals and who are also horrified by Hamas’s deliberate attacks on civilians. We realize that not all H-PAD members will endorse every word from every author, and may have disagreements over the framing or emphasis in some of the pieces. We hope you’ll at least agree that the sources are worth your time.
The multifaceted culture wars against education constitute attacks how history and social studies are taught and written. They are attempts to severely restrict or eliminate teaching about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues. They are an assault on academic freedom in higher education and on professional autonomy and responsibility in K-12 schools. They reveal political efforts to undermine public education in the United States on all levels.
Historians for Peace and Democracy has compiled this archive of materials on the past and present of the culture wars and responses to them. We hope this archive will help teachers and students on all levels educate themselves about the current crisis and find constructive ways to respond to it. The archive provides a variety of resources that will be useful as well for journalists, commentators, politicians, and the general public. Contents will be updated regularly.
Click here to download the archive as a PDF.
H-PAD Steering Committee member Molly Nolan has published a valuable article in Public Seminar outlining the range of “Culture Wars” work of H-PAD.
H-PAD Statement on the Faculty Strike at Rutgers University (April 11, 2023)
On behalf of our 1,400 members and supporters, the Steering Committee of Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) expresses our unequivocal solidarity with the faculty of Rutgers. We stand with you in the fight for justice and equality for all teaching professionals, especially the contingent faculty who educate so many Rutgers students. We urge all of our supporters and friends to immediately write President Jonathan Holloway, and demand that he cease all threats of strike-breaking and sanctions, and meet the just demands of the Rutgers strikers.
H-PAD’s Steering Committee
Carolyn (Rusti) Eisenberg
A CALL TO ACTION
H-PAD has enthusiastically signed on to the campaign against what PEN calls educational gag orders– i.e. all the state laws banning the teaching about race, sexuality, and historical truth. Read more…