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Creative Community For Peace, A Year in Review

A Year in Review - 2014
 

Dear Friends,

As 2014 draws to a close, we want to thank you for your involvement in our groundbreaking achievements this year and request your continued support for our important work.

Please donate to support Israel and freedom of artistic expression.

Dozens of groups attempt to politicize art by using the influence of artists and pop icons to spread misinformation about Israel and delegitimize the Jewish state. In an assault on freedom of expression, nearly every artist who wishes to perform in Israel faces pressure to cancel through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as open letters, online petitions, and more.
 
CCFP is the ONLY organization exclusively dedicated to countering the cultural boycott against Israel. Because our organization is comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry, we are able to use our personal contacts to directly reach out to artists and their representatives and provide the support that is needed to prevent cancellations. We encourage artists to visit Israel and see for themselves its thriving democracy, its rich culture, and its people’s profound desire for peace.
 
An impressive list of our accomplishments this year is below. However, challenges remain. The cultural boycott against Israel is relentless, constantly evolving, and does not allow the truth to hamper its efforts. It is well organized, well funded and social media savvy.
 
If CCFP does not do this important work, it will not be done.
 
We need your help! Please consider making a generous year-end, tax-deductible contribution. Help us to spread the word by sharing this link on Facebook to invite your friends and associates to join you in donating to CCFP as part of their year-end giving.
 
Some of CCFP’s achievements in 2014 include:
 
Bringing The Hollywood Community Together in Support of Israel
 

  • During the summer conflict, CCFP facilitated the #CCFP&Friends statement that was signed by 300+ Hollywood luminaries, including Bill Maher, Kathy Ireland, Kelsey Grammer, Minnie Driver, Jon Lovitz, and many more.
  • The statement was published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Billboard, and Deadline Hollywood.
  • The story went viral when picked up by over 70 press outlets worldwide.
  • The statement sent a positive message about Israel to millions across the political spectrum.
  • The statement increased global awareness of CCFP's mission - building bridges through the arts and music.

Increasing Worldwide Support for Artists and Artistic Freedom
  • CCFP facilitated Scarlett Johansson’s watershed statement denouncing the boycott of Israel.
  • Johansson posted words of appreciation on CCFP's Facebook page for the thousands of thank-you letters she received.
  • CCFP's "Let The Music Play" Sweepstakes, which gave 5 lucky winners and their friends tickets to see Justin Timberlake's first performance in Israel, was promoted with ads in Hebrew, English, and Arabic to bring our message to a more diverse audience. 
  • CCFP reached out to the over 300 artists scheduled to perform in Israel, providing support, accurate information, and balance to the misinformation they receive on social media about Israel.
  • CCFP tracked social media activity of the hundreds of boycott groups to gauge the level of pressure and determine the best strategy to support artists.
  • Artists and their representatives learned the truth about Israel from members of our industry network who are people they know and trust.
  • CCFP held educational forums for industry leaders in the entertainment centers of Los Angeles and New York.
  • CCFP prevented numerous cancellations of artists’ tours to Israel.

Growing Our Social Media and Grassroots Action Exponentially
  • CCFP’s Facebook likes increased from 6,000 to over 60,000.
  • Our positive social media campaigns reached over a million unique viewers.
  • Our action alerts resulted in thousands of supportive messages for artists.
  • Thousands were kept up to date and involved via our direct email campaigns that included action alerts, newsletters, and press releases.
  • Our  Anti-Boycott Petition, which represents the mainstream voice, grew to have over 26,000 signatories worldwide
  • CCFP responded to Roger Waters’ call to his fellow musicians to boycott the Jewish state with powerful op-eds like board member Craig Balsam's that appeared in the New York Post.
  • CCFP captured the narrative with several blog posts that made The Times of Israel’s “most read” list.
  • CCFP caused several boycott propaganda videos to be removed from YouTube.

Expanding Our International Entertainment Industry Network
  • Our international board, including members from New York, Los Angeles, Israel, and the U.K., grew precipitously.
  • We increased our global industry network by the hundreds.

Increasing Awareness and Recognition of CCFP
  • Numerous individuals and organizations were inspired to partner with us to reach a more diverse audience.
  • American Jewish Committee (AJC) honored CCFP for its leadership on this issue.
  • CCFP was recognized by Hadassah at its annual plenary as an expert on the cultural boycott.
  • Our work was mentioned in hundreds of publications worldwide.
  • CCFP has become the “go to” source for information on the cultural boycott of Israel for the press and the entertainment industry.
 
Please help support our work through a generous contribution and please forward this email to your friends and associates who may also want to show support for our mission to build bridges through the arts and music and oppose the singling out of Israel for a cultural boycott.

THANK YOU!



Your Friends at Creative Community For Peace
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LET THE MUSIC


Our Mission:
We represent a cross section of the creative world--those who create and
help create music, film, and television programs--and their fans.
We may not all share the same politics or the same opinion on the best path
to peace in the Middle East. But we do agree that singling out Israel, the only
democracy in the region, as a target of cultural boycotts while ignoring the
now-recognized human rights issues of her neighbors will not further peace.
 We understand the power that our music, our films, our television shows,
and all arts have. They have the power to build bridges. 
Foster better understanding. Encourage dialogue. And hopefully lead
toward greater mutual acceptance. The world must
be a better place for it.

“Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits. I had a very emotional show with those fans. It was wonderful."
 
Lady Gaga, Mega Pop Star
 
"I'll never forget visiting the City of David. A mind blowing experience of culture, history, and education. Shalom!"
 
- Vanessa Williams, singer, actress, former Miss America
 
"Wailing Wall, another amazing day in #Jerusalem"
 
- From Comedian and Actor George Lopez's Facebook page
 
"I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine."
 
- Scarlett Johansson, Superstar American Actress
 

How Can You Help?!

 
1. Support CCFP’s launching of far-reaching PR campaigns.

Contributions to CCFP are tax deductible.
 
CCFP thanks its many supporters that include
the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for making 2014 such a success!
 
 
2. LIKE our Facebook page and FOLLOW us on Twitter.
 

 
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“Israel is magical. It is one of my favorite places to be. A mixture of old and new, arts, music, freedom. The people of Israel are interesting, aware, and generous. You can see they are very sensitive to the world’s problems. Israel is a place everyone must experience.”
 
- Pamela Anderson, Actress
 
"I love you Israel, you had me at Shalom."
 
Joanne Rivers, Comedian
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