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Send A Message of Solidarity and Peace to Egypt

3rd February, 2011 - Posted by Carleen Pickard - 10 Comments

“Something wonderful is being born here: an inclusive, grassroots, democratic movement which is, even in this time of extreme crisis, enacting ideals of nonviolence, creativity, courtesy, public service…what can I say? This revolution is not just Egyptian; it belongs to everyone who believes in the possibility of a better way for us all to live together.”
–Ahdaf Soueif, Acclaimed Egyptian novelist sent this message to Medea and CODEPINK to share with you.

One voice among millions, a simple yet elegant declaration of the aspiration of a nation on the precipice of revolution. We have been awed and inspired by the determination of Egypt’s people, their refusal to back down from their rightful claim to freedom and dignity, despite increased violence and heavy personal cost.

Along with the rest of the world, Global Exchange is closely watching the struggle for freedom in Egypt. Global Exchange Co-Founder, Medea Benjamin, is on the ground in Cairo, blogging the latest news from the embattled Egyptian people.

Medea, along with a delegation of CODEPINK activists, is in Cairo standing in solidarity with the people of Egypt. Follow her latest reports on our blog.

Medea has met with dozens of women and groups in Cairo and learned this:

The next major demonstration has been called for this Friday after prayers. People are desperate for it to be a peaceful mobilization. They have a plan to deliver hundreds of flowers to demonstrators, wounded protesters, and to the gun barrels of the Army’s tanks during the next big uprising on Friday after prayers.

Our sisters at CODEPINK will deliver hundreds of flowers at tomorrow’s protest in Cairo. Donate $5 to help buy flowers and send a message of solidarity and peace to Egypt. This is one way we around the world can support the nonviolent people’s uprising. Please consider making a larger gift; any donation over $5 will support the ongoing, critical human rights work of Global Exchange, and will be tax deductible.

[update February 8, 2011. Thanks for choosing to support the people's movement in Egypt. The rally in Cairo has now happened and thanks to GX supporters we were able to send flowers to demonstrate our solidarity for peace and the respect of human rights. Your donation to support our ongoing work is crucial and 100% will be tax deductible.]

Here are ways you can support the Egyptian people in their call for a peaceful revolution:

  • Protest and March in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian people; Join the International DayofMobilization in San Francisco, Sat. Feb. 5th, 2011, 1 pm at the U.N. Plaza, Market and 8th, San Francisco, CA. More info on Facebook.
    Protest in front of Egyptian embassies — Find an Embassy near you.
  • Spread the Word — with information blockades and unprecedented efforts by the regime to cut off access to social media, we need to work together to ensure that the Egyptian people’s voices are heard. Blog, tweet, and share, share, share!
  • Call on the U.S. government to end military aid to the Mubarak regime.
  • Sign Avaaz’s statement of solidarity and let the people of Egypt know they are not alone.

Get firsthand accounts of what is happening on the ground in Egypt.  For continual updates, check our People to People blog.

Thank you for your support of Global Exchange and of our ongoing commitment to human rights, democracy and peace here at home and around the world.

In Solidarity,
Carleen Pickard, Associate Director
Global Exchange

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10 Responses to “Send A Message of Solidarity and Peace to Egypt”

  • Keith Larkin

    To all of you currently suffering in Egypt,
    The eyes of the world are watching, and are whole heartedly behind your uprising May democracy and huma rights flourish in Egypt. Having watched the news today, the situation appears to getting ever uglier; please, hold fast, as together, mounatins CAN be moved. Let’s all hope and pray that change will happen without further bloodshed.
    Please, can someone inform me what I can do in the Uk to help?
    God bless you and keep you safe,


  • martin

    Sing, Masr Yama Ya Bahia … words of Ahmed Fouad Najim with the same feeling as Shaik Imam has sung for Egypt. Your true revolution will be hijacked, as happened in Iran.
    Keeping the opposition right now and not let someone steal the people’s uprising!

  • Mike Ri

    My prayers and thoughts to the people of Egypt it is a fascinating country I spent 2 weeks in Cairo in 1978 and loved it, I learned a little Arabic. A most gracious people to total strangers. I know people can get drunk on power, greed, and money. However, it saddens me that if the Mr. Mubarak really loves his country he would put you through all this.
    Know people of Egypt the minds and hearts of people all around the world are with you and we support and admire your struggle. All of us young, old, sick, lonely, happy, you give us inspiration with your courage and you teach us that humanity can and will unite when the hour of need is there.
    Mr. Mubarak I say to you, you claim no foreign intervention is to be accepted in Egypt. Please Mr. Mubarak come to jail me, I as a foreigner support the people of Egypt, but you have not just me to imprison Mr. Mubarak you have many millions more around the world to imprison!!!!!

  • Barry

    FOX News lies. NewsCorp’ is casting a bad light on your God given right to change.

  • People of Egypt the world is watching your couragess stand for freedom.The light in your beautiful faces are shining like a beacon that is lighting up and waking up this World.I live in Oregon but if I were there with you I’d gladly join you and help in any way I could to give my support.If there were some way to lend some financial support I’d gladly do that also.You are in my prayers every day.I envision a new Egypt of peace and freedom created in love by it’s own people.

  • Mary Niehaus

    Congratulations to all the people of Egypt. I have been in tears all day while watching your joyous celebration. Savor every moment and let this joy sustain you as you begin the work of creating your own democracy. I have always wanted to see the magnificent pyramids of Egypt but have been afraid to visit your country. I now have hope that some day before I die I may yet have that extraordinary experience. May God bless you and sustain you.
    An ordinary 62 year old woman from America

  • Wayne Halford

    Congratulations Egypt! I wish you success from the USA in your search for freedom.

  • Macrettoc

    Congratulations to the people of Egypt. I’m truly happy that your peaceful demonstrations have resulted in you achieving your goals. I sincerely hope that you will all live your futures in peace and democracy. You are all an inspiration for everyone around the world. Well done! Power to the people!

    A well-wisher from Ireland.

  • roxy

    The courage and determination you have shown the world have inspired us all. What you have done to bring a little more positive energy to the planet will bring you good things, even if the road is a little rocky from here to there. Be strong.

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