Rebuilding Fallujah's Hospital

$845 of $500 goal

Raised by 13 people in 22 months
Dear Friends,

I’ve been awarded a $5000 grant from Veterans for Peace to begin reparations efforts with the Fallujah General Hospital and build a veteran-led reparations campaign for Iraq! But I need to match the grant by 10%. Please help us raise $500 to kick these efforts off. 

This is the situation. I'm a veteran of the second US-led siege of Fallujah in 2004, which destroyed most of the city. So I feel an enormous moral debt to this city.

The Fallujah General Hospital is currently in ruins from the last three years of Coalition military operations (including US air strikes) to push the Islamic State out of the city. And since the ground assault that finally cleared the Islamic State from Fallujah this past June, all the medical equipment has been looted. What’s worse, the Iraqi government has made no promises to rebuild the hospital or restock it with equipment. Out of desperation, the hospital staff has put a call out to international solidarity organizations for assistance. 

Over the last few years, I've been working with the Islah Reparations Project to bring grassroots reparations to Fallujah's hospitals. Through this work, we've developed a strong relationship with hospital staff memebers, and they've asked us to play a big role in this initiative.  

The task before us is potentially enormous. It will likely require significant logistical efforts, lobbying, fundraising, media work, and community building. Fortunately, we have a small dedicated group of organizers to help kick this effort off. And with your help, we can build this effort into a sustainable solidarity and reparations movement. 

If we can raise $500, the Veterans for Peace Howard Zinn Fund will be providing a $5000 grant to kick these efforts off. We have websites to build, committees to organize (for a number of different projects), a trip to Fallujah to plan, and a book to publish, tentatively titled The Sacking of Fallujah: a people’s history. But what we’re most excited about is the formation of a Veteran Reparations Project to lead these efforts. 

All of this requires operating funds and many hands to share the labor burdon. If you can, please contribute to these efforts. Whatever you can offer—funds, labor, or social media support—would be much appreciated.

Sincerely,
Ross Caputi
Board Member of the Islah Reparations Project
Iraq veteran and graduate student
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Dear all, I'm blown away! We passed our goal in just over 24 hours! Thank you so much for your support, and I can't wait to update you all once we get to work.

As much as these are dark days, with continuing wars in the Middle East and a polarizing political situation at home, this is also a very hopeful time. Yesterday the Women's March was the largest protest in US history. And here before us I feel like we have a real chance to build a sustainable solidarity and reparations movement.

We have a lot of projects in the works: a book project, a trip to Fallujah, and a veteran-led reparations initiative to kick off. And now we have momentum too! Thanks again, and let me know if you want to be more directly involved.
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$845 of $500 goal

Raised by 13 people in 22 months
Created January 21, 2017
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Boryana Tacconi
22 months ago

Godspeed, Ross! May what you are doing help a lot of people. Love - Boryana

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