Helping Iraq

From Voices In The Wilderness

1460 West Carmen Avenue Chicago, IL 60640

tel. 773-784-8065 fax 773-784-8837 e-mail

May 1997

Dear Maria and Ibrahim Ebeid

First, a word of appreciation to you and your community for all that you've already done to help campaign for an end to UN/US sanctions against Iraq.

We're writing today to enlist your help in what we hope will be a promising set of "next steps" for this campaign. Specifically, we are looking for key organizers in as many cities and town as possible, internationally, to plan a June 10, 1997 picket, vigil, or demonstration in front of a UN or US government facility, or a media center. At every event, participants will call for a complete lifting of the sanctions. We're calling for simultaneous events on June 10 because on that day::

i--the sixth Voices in the Wilderness delegation will report on its May 26-June 9 trip to Iraq and this delegation will include Erik Gustafson, a Gulf War veteran who is firmly committed to work toward ending the sanctions. We're confident that Erik will help many people make connections between the callousness of the US govt. toward vets who struggle with Gulf War syndrome and the utter disregard of the same govt. toward children suffering desperately in Iraq. Demonstrations of solidarity with Erik's message will help amplify the voice of this particular delegation.

ii-- also on June 10, 1997, the United Nations will vote on renewal of Resolution 986. We want to inform communities about the inadequacy of Resolution 986 and urge people to demand a complete lifting of the sanctions.

We could supply you with a sample leaflet, sample press release, enlarged pictures of Iraqi children, names and addresses of people in your area who've contacted us, and, possibly, a speaker. Simultaneous demonstrations in a dozen or so cities, along with the story of Erik's return from Iraq, may attract media attention to the plight of Iraqis who are subjected to horrendous suffering and to the efforts of many people to end these sanctions.

This letter is being sent to activists in the U.S., the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, Iceland, Mexico, Mozambique and India.

Rob Mapes, a student at De Paul University in Chicago, has valiantly volunteered to co-ordinate plans for the June 10 events. You can contact him directly by e-mail at

Alternatively, feel free to contact us by phone, fax or mail at the address and contact numbers listed above.

We'll greatly appreciate hearing from you as soon as possible.


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