Occupation End Notes | May 21, 2003
Volume 1 Number 13


1. EVENTS: Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, ArlingtonVA, Portland, Toronto

2. UPDATES: UFPJ June 5th Call to Action, MPAC Commemorates Corrie in LA, Ibdaa US Tour-Summer ‘03

3. RESOURCES: More on the Road Map

4. US CAMPAIGN CONFERENCE 19 – 22 JULY


1. EVENTS

MAY

 

MAY 24-LOS ANGELES

International Solidarity Movement Training - Internationals Needed in Palestine for Freedom Summer 2003
.For more information contact: The Los Angeles-Palestine Solidarity Committee: "Supporting and training Southern California residents to witness Israeli occupation." lasolidarity@yahoo.com,

323-341-6716 or 626-791-1978 x131

 

MAY 24-CHICAGO

A Cultural Night with Music and Poetry featuring "Cross Roads"--A Photo exhibition by: Alexy Lanza.Photos were taken in Honduras and Palestine. The Che Café--1058 W.Taylor, (312) 850-4665, .For more information call (312) 656-8655.

JUNE

 

 

JUNE 1-PALATINE, ILLINOIS

 

Cindy Levitt, a co-founder of the Jewish organization Not-In-My-Name (NIMN) will speak at Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church,

1025 North Smith Road
in Palatine, .  NIMN believes that there must be justice and security for both Palestinians and Israelis before a lasting peace can be secured.For more information contact the Chicago Church Network for Education on Palestine, www.cnep.org.

 

JUNE 1-WILMETTE, ILLINOIS

 

Palestinian Christians: Their Lives and Concerns, presented by Del Leppke.Del's presentation goes through the history of the conflict and shows excellent slides corresponding to each of the issues - water, home demolition, Church land confiscation by Israel, etc.Sunday June 1: St. Augustine Episcopal Church,

1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL
, Contact: Debbie Buesing , 847-251-6922

 

JUNE 1-WASHINGTON DC

 

The 2nd Annual Conference for the Tikkun Community is June 1-4 in WashingtonD.C. The Teach-in to Congress that takes place June 3.More information can be found at http://www.tikkun.org

 

JUNE 2-CHICAGO

"What Future for Peace? What Future for Palestinian Christians?" by Reverand Mitri Raheb, theologian and author of "I Am A Palestinian Christian" and Pastor of the ChristmasLutheranChurch, Bethlehem.Anderson Chapel (W. Foster and N. Spaulding) in Chicago, .For more information contact the Chicago Church Network for Education on Palestine, www.cnep.org.

 

JUNE 5- NEW YORK CITY

Music and Rhymes of the Global Intifada.Folk singer David Rovics and Palestinian hip-hop artist The Iron Sheik will perform a benefit concert for the ISM and New York City-based Palestine solidarity groups.The WinstonCenter,

235 West 23rd Street
in Manhattan, Also to feature updates from Palestine and from friends of Rachel Corrie. Bar and Food. Suggested donation $5-$20. Bring your friends!

 

JUNE 5– CHICAGO

A lecture and discussion with Ali Abunimah on MEDIA, WAR, AND OCCUPATION.Ali Abunimah is the co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and Electronic Iraq, and vice-president of the Arab-American Action Network.Oak ParkRiverForestHigh School, Room 370, 201 N. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, 7:30-9:00pm.Sponsored by: Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, American Friends Service Committee
Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice.Information: 312/427-2533x18, Website: www.geocities.com/cjpipwebsite

JUNE 5-CHICAGO

 

Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN (Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid To Israel Now!) calls for Chicago action to support the June 5th "International Day of Action for Justice in Palestine," initiated by United for Peace and Justice.We are calling for a nonviolent legal march from Boeing headquarters to the Israeli Consulate. We are also calling upon affinity groups to take whatever nonviolent solidarity actions that they deem appropriate.The Chicago Coalition Against War And Racism and Al-Awda are also endorsing the event.Contact: Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN: 847-359-7267

 

JUNE 6-LOS ANGELES

Documentary - "Palestine is Still the Issue" by film-maker John Pilger, Loyola Law School, Merrifield Hall, 1441 West Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles (between S. Alvarado St & the 110 Freeway), 7 to 10 pm.The entrance to the on-site parking facility is on

South Albany Street
, and there is a $3 parking charge.There should be some free street parking available on S. Albany and on W. Olympic after .


JUNE 12-PITTSBURGH

Palestinian American Hip Hop Artists The Iron Sheik and Excentrik will perform with local artists.The Shadow Lounge,

5927 Baum Blvd
, . $5-$10 sliding scale admission.Co-sponsored by the PittsburghPalestine Solidarity Committee and O.P.T.I.C.S. (Organizing Pittsburgh to Increase Community Solidarity).

 

JUNE 12-ARLINGTON, VA

 

20th ADC National Convention-"Arab Americans: Toward a National Agenda."Arlington, VA, June 12-15.Voices of Peace Awards will be presented to: ElectronicIraq.net, The Nation magazine, Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now program, and Save the Children's Youth Noise program.Thursday, June 12, is Lobby Day, contact your member of Congress to set up an appointment.Friday, June 13, is Civil Rights Day.Saturday, June 14, focuses on Foreign Affairs.Sunday, June 15, is the General Assembly meeting for ADC meeting and a Focus on Palestine.Confirmed guests include: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Steven Zunes, Father Drew Christiansen, Father Amjad Sabbara, Zainab Salbi, Imam Yahya Hendi, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Jeanne Butterfield, Diana Abu Jaber, Barbara Nimri Aziz, Jonathan Turley, Jeffery Collins, Randa Fahmy-Hudome, Bruce Fein, Nanette Reynolds, David Cole, Frank Sharry, the Arab-American rapper Iron Sheik, and many other invited guests.Additionally, all prospective Presidential candidates have been invited to an open forum scheduled to be held on June 13.For registration visit www.adc.org/convention2003, special rates for students and ADC members.ADC,

4201 Connecticut Ave, Suite 300, Washington, D.C.20008, U.S.A.
, Tel: (202) 244-2990, Fax: (202) 244-3196, Web: http://www.adc.org

 

 

JUNE 13-PORTLAND, OR

Documentary-"Palestine is Still the Issue" by filmmaker John Pilger, will be shown at , FirstUnitedMethodistChurch, 1838 SW Jefferson, Rm 202. This film provides a very good overview of current situation; .

 

JUNE 20-TORONTO

 

First annual Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition Convention, June 20-22.
* Affirm Palestinian refugees' Right to Return to their homes and lands. * Resist plans to normalize occupation and legalize ethnic cleansing. * Resist Israeli Apartheid and Racism *Organize!Confirmed speakers  include Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Dr. Adel Samara, Jaber Suleiman, Dr. Ghada Talhami, Dr. Naseer Aruri, Rabab Abdel Hadi, Hanan El- Masu, Dr. Ibrahim Makkawi and other representatives from Palestinian refugee camps in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.For more information, please write to info@al-awda.org.Registration form and convention information are available at:
http://www.al-awda.org/index.php?page=Al-Awda%20INTERNATIONAL%20CONVENTION

Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition, P.O. Box 1172, Orange, CT 06477, E-mail: info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org, Fax: 1-802-609-9284


JUNE 22-
CHICAGO

 

Announcing Not In My Name's 2nd annual Benefit Fundraiser WAGING PEACE IN HOPELESS TIMES
Reza's Restaurant on

Ontario Street
, Want to help out?  Contact:  MP (mpmckenzie@earthlink.net) Cindy (cindy@clevitt.com).Still Around.......Still Relevant.....Still Hopeful.......Still Needing YOU
Dining, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Great People

 


For Anti-War events, please see http://www.unitedforpeace.org/



2. UPDATES

UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE, JUNE 5TH CALL TO ACTION

The major US anti-war movement United for Peace and Justice is calling for an international Day of Action for Justice in Palestine.The US Campaign endorsed and joined the UFPJ coalition.Indeed, many Campaign member organizations – American Friends Service Committee, the United Methodists, Black Voices for Peace, Global Exchange, and others – are active in the UFPJ coalition.

 

The Campaign fully backs and endorses the UFPJ Call to Action on June 5th and urges you all – individuals and organizations – to spread the word as widely as possible.We must show US policymakers that hundreds of thousands of Americans, whatever their religious or ethnic background, support the cause of peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.

 

Key messages for this Day of Action are:

* International Protection for the Palestinian people

* Protection & Accountability for Human Rights Workers

* Moratorium on the Wall

* End the Occupation

 

The actions proposed here in the US are:

* Demonstrations and vigils

* Teach-ins & educational programs

* Nonviolent occupations of Israeli embassy/consulates and offices of corporations that profit from the occupation.

 

For the full text of the UFPJ Call to Action visit http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=1676.Please add the name of your organization and send information re planned events to the contact emails given at the end of the UFPJ Call to Action – and copy the Campaign at events@endtheoccupation.org so we can help get the word out!

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA

On Saturday, May 17, 2003, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), American Friends Service Committee and the Los Angeles Palestine Solidarity Committee joined forces to commemorate the life of Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer two months ago as she tried to prevent a Palestinian home from being illegally bulldozed.

 

Featured speakers included Adam Shapiro, an International Solidarity Movement Activist, who shared with the audience his experiences protecting Palestinian civilians in the OccupiedTerritories and the important role that foreign peace workers like Rachel Corrie play in preventing Israeli war crimes against the Palestinians. Mr. Shapiro presented the upcoming Freedom Summer project, which aims at sending international activists to Palestine through engaging in a non-violent direct action to further challenge the apartheid like policies of the Israeli occupation forces.

 

MPAC Courage Awarded:"In memory of Rachel Corrie, whose bravery will forever live in our hearts as a shining example of humanitarianism and love for mankind. We pledge to honor Rachel by continuing to strive for justice, as Rachel did for the world to see. May God bless her."The Palestinian American Women’s Association, PAWA presented Mrs. Cindy Corrie with a hand-embroidered jacket made by Palestinian women, and the Palestinian American Congress, PAC presented the Corries with a plaque honoring their daughter.

 

The approximately 700 people in attendance represented various multicultural and religious communities from the Los Angeles area.Organizers report the event to be a huge success.

 

 

IBDAA DANCE PERFORMANCE TOUR

 

A Palestinian folkloric dance performance by the youth of Dheisheh refugee camp, West Bank,Palestine.July - August 2003.Sponsored by Middle East Children's Alliance

IBDAA is a Palestinian youth dance troupe from Dheisheh refugee camp, near the city of Bethlehem in the Israeli occupied West Bank.It is a project of IbdaaCulturalCenter, which provides educational and cultural activities for the children and youth in the refugee camp.The dance troupe is made up of 18 young men and women, aged 15 - 18.They perform dance pieces that tell the history, struggle and aspiration of Palestinian refugees by intertwining debkeh, traditional Palestinian dance, and theatrical choreography.

Since its founding in 1994, Ibdaa has performed in over ten European and Middle Eastern countries.This tour will be Ibdaa's second visit to the United States, following their successful 5-city tour in the fall of 1999, sponsored by the Middle East Children's Alliance.In the summer of 2003, MECA is bringing back Ibdaa's youth, touring eight major cities in the United States.They will be performing at local theaters and visiting with communities.Ibdaa hopes that they will meet as many people as possible to let their their voices for a just peace heard in these critical times of the history, and to build a bridge of friendship and solidarity.

 

 

T O U RS C H E D U L E

For more information on the performance, to sign up as a volunteer, and to set up media interviews, please contact each city's organizer or MECA. Tour Headquarters: Middle East Children's Alliance.Contact: Shirabe Yamada, Project Director shirabe@mecaforpeace.org, Uda Walker, Media Outreach and Public Relations, udako1@hotmail.com,

901 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA94710
, tel 510.548.0542, fax 510.548.0543,

 

www.mecaforpeace.org

 

*July 2 – 12, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Middle East Children's Alliance, 510-548-0542, meca@mecaforpeace.org

*July 13 – 15, PORTLAND, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Peter Miller, 503-358-7475, peteskiToo@aol.com

*July 16 – 19, SEATTLE, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Seattle, Maha Boulos

206-229-3854, maha@u.washington.edu

*July 20 – 22, DENVER, The Arab Student Association - University of Denver,Mohammed Albow

303-733-4671, malbow@du.edu

*July 23 – 26, Location TBA

*July 27 – 29, WASHINGTON, D.C., Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development

Jeff Mendez, 202-338-1958, jmendez@palestinecenter.org

*July 30 – 31, PHILADELPHIA, SUSTAIN - Philadelphia, American Friends Service Committee

Ziad Abu Rish 215-241-7062 and Kymberlie Charles 215-241-7874, sustainphilly@yahoo.com

*August 1 – 2, NEW JERSEY, New Jersey Solidarity Network, Charlotte Kates, 973-297-0161, info@njsolidarity.org

*August 3 – 6, NEW YORK, Ibdaa New York Group, 718-369-6902, ibdaa_ny@yahoo.com

Ibdaa, which means 'to create something out of nothing', is a grassroots initiative of Dheisheh Refugee Camp.Founded in 1995, Ibdaa serves over 1500 children and young people annually through various programs, while providing job opportunities to over 60 families in the camp.Ibdaa's mission is to provide an environment for the camp's children and young people to develop their ability, creativity and leadership skills through social, cultural and educational activities that are not readily available in the camp.Ibdaa strives to empower the children and instill in them confidence and strength to face their difficult future, while educating theinternational community on the Palestinian refugee issue.Ibdaa's program includes a nursery, kindergarten, children's library, computer and Internet centers, restaurant, multipurpose hall, sports programs, community mural, women's cooperative, music courses, guesthouse, income generation projects, and scholarships.

 

US CAMPAIGN ADVOCACY NETWORK
We now have 51 Congressional District Coordinators (CDC) in 25 states covering 72 Congressional Districts. For information about the CDC network and how to get involved, email congress@endtheoccupation.org

 

 

3. RESOURCES

“MAPPING THE ROADMAP” BY PHYLLIS BENNIS is now available on the US Campaign website.Bennis analyzes the document put forth by the US-led “Quartet.”She outlines, in accessible language, the intentions of the Roadmap, where it falls short of a just resolution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict and where it has made some progress since the Oslo Accords of 1993.You can view “Mapping the Roadmap” at www.endtheoccupation.org.

 

A ROAD MAP
TO THE OSLO CUL-DE-SAC” See www.merip.org for an analysis of the Road Map by Adam Hanieh, a human rights worker and researcher living in Ramallah, and Catherine Cook, the media coordinator at MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project)

4. CAMPAIGN CONFERENCE

JULY 19-22 - Washington, DCUS Campaign 2nd Annual Organizers' Conference "Building the National Movement". 

The Campaign conference will be in two parts.  The first part - Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20 - will be the organizers' conference, and participants will have an opportunity to exchange experience, network and strategize for more effective actions and collaboration. The second part, which will consist of a congressional training day on Monday July 21 and a congressional outreach (lobbying) day on Tuesday July 22.Each member organization of the US Campaign is invited to send one or two representatives. If you do not belong to an organized group, but are part of a network of local activists, you could also consider sending someone from your group to the conference.

 

The PalestineCenter will be managing the registration process and the point of contact is Mr. Tareq Bremer.He may be reached at 202-338-1290 ext. 10 or via email to tbremer@palestinecenter.org

 

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Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter designed as a tool for activists.For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation.Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommended resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement.If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at events@endtheoccupation.org

 

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