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Middle East Crisis Committee (MECC)

We are the Middle East Crisis Committee. We’re a group of activists that organized in 1982 in New Haven, CT during Israel's invasion of Lebanon. MECC produces a weekley TV and webshow called The Struggle, organizes in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and is part of the broader peace movement.

Chairperson - Stanley Heller
Vice-Chairperson - Gale Coury-Toensing
Vice-Chairperson for the Palestinian Right to Return - Nancy Latif

Vice-Chairperson for Outreach - Tokuji Okamoto
Treasurer - Patrick Kearney.
Secretary - Gary Gambardella 

From 1984 to 2004 we published the journal, "The Struggle". 
In 2003 we started “The Struggle” as a weekly TV news program
In 2006 we merged with Al-Awda-Ct, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition(CT) 

The Palestinian Right to Return

The Middle East Crisis Committee campaigns for the Palestinian right to return and for rights of Palestinianian refugees to work and exercise human rights in all the countries in which they live.

Middle East Crisis Committee By-Laws

Section 1: The name of the organization shall be the Middle East Crisis Committee (MECC).
Section 2: The Middle East Crisis Committee was formed to organize efforts to support respect for human rights of people in Middle Eastern countries and to educate on Middle East human rights issues.

Section 1: Application for membership to MECC shall be open to any individual that supports the statement of purpose in Article 1, Section 2, and has actively worked on Middle East human rights issues. Continuing membership is contingent upon being up-to-date on membership dues.

Section 2: Membership shall be granted upon a majority vote at a membership meeting.

Section 3:  MECC membership may be revoked if these actions take place: 1) A Majority vote for a hearing at a MECC membership meeting.  2.      The member named is given a chance to state his/her case at the next membership meeting.  3,    At that meeting 3/4 of those in attendance vote for revocation of membership.

Section 1: Regular Meetings. The date of regular meetings shall be set at membership meetings. The members shall also set the time and place.

Section 2: Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson or a simple majority of the Board of Directors. A petition signed by ten percent of the voting members may call a special meeting.

Section 3: Notice. When possible, notice of each meeting shall be given to each member not less than five days before the meeting.

Section 4: Quorum. A quorum must be attended by at least 20% of the membership before business can be transacted or motions made or passed.

Section 5. Dues shall be set by the membership and be payable in February.

Section 1: . The Board shall number seven persons. It shall consist of the six MECC officers (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson for the Right to Return, Vice-Chairperson for Outreach, Secretary and Treasurer) and one other member. The Board is responsible for making recommendations on policy and direction to the membership. 

Section 2: Meetings. The Board shall meet twice a year at an agreed upon time and place.

Section 3: Board Elections. Members of the Board shall be elected yearly by the membership each February. Members will be notified of the time, date and place of the election 30 days in advance.

Section 4: Terms. All Board members shall serve 1-year terms, but are eligible for re-election.

Section 5: Quorum. A quorum shall be at least three members of the Board.
Section 6: Notice. An official Board meeting requires that each Board member have written notice five days in advance.

Section 7: Officers and Duties.. Their duties are as follows:

The Chairperson shall convene regularly scheduled Board meetings, shall chair all membership meetings and serve as the spokesperson for MECC to the media.

The Vice-Chairperson shall assist the Chairperson and substitute for the Chair in his or her absence.

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Board and membership actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings, and for notifying responsible officers about deadlines and legal obligations

The Treasurer shall collect dues and other income, and make recommendations about expenditures and shall administer the MECC budget.

Section 9: Vacancies. When a vacancy on the Board exists, nominations for new members may be received from any member and will be voted on at the next scheduled membership meeting.

Section 10: Resignation, Termination and Absences. Resignation from the Board must be in writing and received by the Secretary. A Board member may be removed by a petition signed by at least three-fourths of the membership.

Section 1: The membership may create committees as needed, such as public relations, special events, etc.. The Chairperson appoints all committee chairs.

Section 2. There shall be an Al-Awda, Palestinian Right to Return Committee. It shall be chaired by the Vice-Chairperson for the Right to Return


Section 1. Dissolution of the Middle East Crisis Committee may be effected by the membership only after a resolution outlining such dissolution has been sent to the membership. A period of four weeks shall pass for such review by the membership before any action on the resolution can be taken. After the review period MECC can be dissolved only by an affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the full membership.

Section 2. Distribution of Assets. Upon the dissolution or winding up of the affairs of MECC, whether voluntary or involuntary, the assets of MECC, after all debts have been satisfied, then remaining in the hands of the Board of Directors shall be distributed, transferred, conveyed, delivered, and paid over, in such amounts as the simple majority of the Board of Directors may determine or as may be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction upon application of the Board of Directors, exclusively to charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational organization which would qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and its Regulations as they now exists or as they may hereafter be amended.

Section 1: These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote at the January membership meeting or at a special meeting called by petition signed by two-thirds of the membership. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Secretary and shall be to be sent out to MECC members 30 days before the January meeting.

Adopted February 9, 2003
Amended October 9, 2003

Amended August 2011

Amended January 2012


The Program of the Middle East Crisis Committee

adopted at the MECC Forward! July 10, 2004
1. The Middle East Crisis Committee is part of the general Peace Movement and seeks peace and justice for the peoples of the Middle East.  


2. Peace and justice must be based on respect for human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

3. We oppose and call for the immediate removal of foreign troops and mercenaries in the following situations: 

*a) US and Western forces in Iraq and the Middle East 
*b) Israeli forces in the territories occupied since 1967 
*c) Syrian troops from Lebanon  

4. MECC supports reparations and restitutions for peoples in the Middle East to redress decades of sanctions, bombing, invasions and occupation in particular:

*a) US led sanctions, war and occupation of Iraq 
*b) Israeli expulsion, dispossession and occupation in Palestine


 5. For a durable and just peace in Israel/Palestine:


*a) We condemn deliberate attacks on civilians as illegal, savage, counterproductive and self-defiling. 
*b) We say that the racism and discrimination inherent in an exclusive Jewish state in Israel/Palestine amounts to an apartheid system. This system must be dismantled. 
*c) We reject the notion of peace through separation in Palestine/Israel. Segregation must give way to integration. 
*d) We call for full equality for Palestinians and other Arabs living in Israel. We support the equalization of the terms of citizenship for all Israelis. 
*e) We support secular societies throughout the Middle East and oppose the many aspects of Israeli society that are for “Jews only”. 
*f) We condemn all racism and racist practices, in particular, hatred directed against Jews, Palestinians and other Arabs. 
*g). We work for the suspension of all military and economic aid to the Israeli government.


 6. Palestinian refugees have a right to return to their homes throughout all of Israel/Palestine.


 7. MECC Supports the one democratic state solution for the Palestine/Israel conflict.





 MECC is financed by donations from its activists and friends and has over the years received donations from the Haymarket Foundation and Goldman Sachs Gives.


Chomsky, Kanazi, Hagopian, Khader and these other friends of MECC ask you to contribute.













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