Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Improved CJME web site helps members speak out for Mideast peace

In January 2009 for three agonizing weeks, many of you in the KC area watched the massive slaughter of hundreds of defenseless Palestinians by a US-funded Israeli military. We did what we could to call attention to the massacre – participated in two large protests in January, two successful fundraisers bringing in over $100,000 for humanitarian relief, wrote letters, signed petitions, and visited with US congressional representatives. The destruction stopped in January 2009 yet the blockade continues today.

In response to the growing urgency to focus attention on the Palestinian’s struggle for self-determination and sovereignty, CJME has elected to develop an improved web site for area residents to discuss and organize activities calling for an end to the occupation.

The current site has served its purpose of acting as an electronic brochure and events calendar, but the new site will add more resources – photos, podcasts, plus aggregate all the past activities and events of CJME. Most importantly, the site will allow people to directly contribute to the site. Here’s a link to the current CJME web site –

We believe KC area and regional residents would benefit from this web site to help share opinion and organize activities. Sharing information will enhance and spread the dialog on this most crucial issue.

Citizens for Justice in the Middle East invites you visit the web site again and look for the following features:
  • A cleaner look to make it easier to navigate than the old
  • Allows site visitors to comment on articles and stories
  • Provides an enhanced Action Alerts and Campaigns section, allowing individuals to get more involved in influencing local legislators and media outlets
  • Allows group members to contribute articles, stories, photos, blog posts, and calendar events
  • Defines new content such as photos, videos, and audio of local events and programs
  • Integrates CJME social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, and blog sites
The new web site was designed and built using donated labor on the Drupal open-source content management system.

Matt Quinn

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