Capitol Hill. January 18, 2013
--- The president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus,
Fermanagh-born Fr. Sean Mc Manus, has a long reach. The new edition of his
acclaimed Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern
Ireland … And the Holy Land, is being
hand-delivered to all 166 TDs , Members
of the Irish Parliament and to all 108
MLAs, Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Fr. Mc Manus explained: “My good friend
and valued ally, the patriotic Tom Cooper of the Irish National Congress in
Dublin, is distributing the books to the members of the ‘southern parliament of
Ireland.’ And the intrepid John Teggart and his group, The Ballymurphy Massacre
Committee, are delivering the book to the ‘northern parliament of Ireland’. I
am most grateful for the dedicated leadership of Tom and John and their
Meanwhile in Washington, the book
has been distributed, along with a
personalized letter, to Richard L. Trumpka, President of the AFL-CIO, and the other 56
members of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO.
In his letter to the AFL-CIO, Fr.
Mc Manus says:
am writing to you and all the members of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO
urging you to support the Holy Land Principles, which I launched on
International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012.
Principles are based on the Mac Bride Principles, which I also launched back in
1984, and which the Congress passed in 1988. To their great credit, the AFL-CIO
were one of the very first to endorse the Mac Bride Principles. I also enclose
a copy of my Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland –
and The Holy Land.
book explains the history of the Mac Bride Principles – now universally
accepted as the most effective campaign ever against anti-Catholic
discrimination in Northern Ireland. The book also provides context for the
launching of the campaign for the Holy Land Principles.
same moral principle underpins both the Mac Bride Principles and the Holy Land
Principles: American principles must follow American investment – no
no one can argue that while Catholics in Northern Ireland deserved these
Principles, Palestinian Muslims and Palestinian Christians do not.
also request you contact the 573 American companies doing business in The Holy
Land, urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles.”
Basic Strategy of Holy Land Principles Campaign
basic strategy of the campaign is to persuade all the 573 U.S. companies in The
Holy Land to sign the Principles. They sign by agreeing in writing ‘to make all
lawful efforts to implement the Fair Employment Practices embodied in the Holy
Land Principles in their operations in The Holy Land’ – the very same language
used by companies signing the Mac Bride Principles. Like the Mac Bride
Principles, the Holy Land Principles do not call for disinvestment, divestment
or reverse discrimination.
The campaign will be conducted through Shareholders’ Resolutions and through
Fr. Mc Manus’ book, along with a personalized letter, has been sent to the CEOs of all 573 companies, plus their
Investor Relations Contact (IRC).
The book, along with a personalized letter has been sent to all Members of Congress,
House and Senate, and all key media personnel.
An extensive Direct Mail campaign is being conducted to prospective supporters
– Irish-Americans, Arab-Americans and the faith and social-justice
American principles following
A Corporate Code
of Conduct for
in The Holy Land
American companies have a
responsibility to maximize the profits of their shareholders. And shareholders have the right and
responsibility to insist that their profits are earned through ethical
corporate practices – that they avoid discrimination based on racial, ethnic or
Moreover, ethical investment not
only benefits society but also creates stronger and more sustainable profits
for their shareholders.
In the tradition of the Sullivan
Principles (South Africa) and the Mac Bride Principles (Northern Ireland), the
Holy Land Principles seek to ensure that American dollars do not support
discrimination, human rights abuses, or violations of international law in The
Holy Land (Israel/Palestine, The West Bank, The Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem).
The Principles do not call for disinvestment, divestment or reverse
Responsible corporate conduct is
especially urgent today because of the deprivations and sufferings caused by
By endorsing the Holy Land
Principles, corporations will enhance America’s security as people in the
Middle East see that American companies support equality and fairness for all.
The Holy Land Principles call on
American companies conducting business in The Holy Land to:
1. Adhere to equal and fair employment
practices in hiring, compensation, training, professional education,
advancement and governance without discrimination based on racial, ethnic or
2. Identify underrepresented employee
groups and initiate active recruitment efforts to increase the number of
underrepresented employees to a level proportional to their representation in
3. Make every reasonable effort to ensure
that all employees have the ability to easily, openly and equally travel to and
access corporate facilities.
4. Maintain a work environment that is
respectful of all racial, ethnic and religious groups.
5. Work with governmental and community
authorities, and support local initiatives to eliminate disparities among
racial, ethnic and religious groups in government spending on education,
training, access to health care and housing.
6. Not make military service a precondition
or qualification for employment for any position, other than those positions
that specifically require such experience, for the fulfillment of an employee’s
7. Not accept subsidies, tax incentives or
other benefits that lead to the direct advantage of one racial, ethnic or
religious group over another.
8. Appoint staff to monitor, oversee, set
timetables, and publicly report on their progress in implementing the Holy Land