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December 10, 2014

Dear Friend of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,

       Our annual appeal comes at a time when all who hope for justice, freedom and ecological survival must feel deep distress. There are plenty of reasons to be discouraged. U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, rather than ending, as many had hoped, has escalated. In Syria and Iraq, thousands are subject to the terror of ISIS and Baghdad’s Shia armed forces as well as to the bombs of the murderous Assad regime. In Egypt, the U.S.-backed military dictatorship has just brazenly exonerated Mubarak.
       At home, the dreadful results of the November election have given a powerful boost to the Right, while in Ferguson and Staten Island the grand juries' refusal to indict the policeman who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner signals that unchecked police violence against people of color remains the order of the day. Meanwhile, climate change, rising oceans, species extinctions, and a host of other environmental threats accelerate globally.
       And yet – and yet, there are undeniable grounds for hope. In the United States, we are inspired by the months of determined protests in Ferguson and now, in the wake of the Staten Island grand jury's decision, by the explosion of massive demonstrations and creative disobedience across the country against police brutality and the racist criminal justice system; these may be the beginning of a new, militant civil rights movement. Popular resistance also includes an ever-growing movement for a $15 an hour minimum wage, strikes and protests by low wage workers at Walmart and other employers, determined movements in defense of undocumented immigrants and for climate justice.
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       Abroad, outrage in Mexico at the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of government forces and drug gangs acting together has triggered massive protest demonstrations, many of them demanding the resignation of President Peña Nieto. (See the CPD statement sign-on statement “End the Killing of Students Now: Peace, Justice, and Democracy for Mexico” in English and in Spanish.) The Kurds of Kobanê, with matchless courage, continue to resist both ISIS and Damascus. Elsewhere in the Middle East, democratic forceshave not been extinguished.
     Everywhere, in Mexico, China, Greece, Russia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, in every corner of the world, embattled fighters for human rights and social justice, even though at times few in number, are keeping the lamp of freedom burning. And, of course, the conditions – poverty, insecurity, oppression – that have always generated large-scale popular resistance will continue to do so. What appears as quiescence and defeat is often only a lull.
       The Campaign for Peace and Democracy, as part of its mission to advance a new, progressive and non-militaristic U.S. foreign policy -- one that encourages democracy and social justice by promoting solidarity with activists and progressive movements throughout the world -- works to build publicity and support for their struggles. We oppose all authoritarian governments, whether they are U.S. allies, like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, or states like North Korea and Iran, to which the United States is hostile.
       In these critical times, CPD needs your help to continue our work in support of democratic and social justice movements and in promoting a democratic, peaceful U.S. foreign policy. Donation information is on our website and at the end of this letter. Below are some of our 2014 activities:




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         CPD depends on your contributions, so please give as generously as you can. To donate on line, visit our website. You can mail your check made out to Campaign for Peace and Democracy. For credit card donations, mail the amount, credit card number, expiration date, and your name, indicating whether this is a one-time donation or a gift that recurs monthly. Foreign donations must be made by U.S. money orders or checks payable in U.S. currency drawn on U.S. banks. Our address is Campaign for Peace and Democracy, 2808 Broadway, #12, NY, NY 10025.
       Donations are tax-deductible. Thank you very much in advance for your support -- we could not survive without your help.

In peace and solidarity,
Joanne               Tom
Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison
Co-Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
New York, NY, USA