Announcing the First-Ever
Nationwide Virtual Gaza 5K
Digital Festival Art Auction!
Everyone’s mental health is being tested as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we won’t all suffer the same.
From the United States to Palestine, no person should have to suffer constant distress.
And while the global pandemic has caused events, travel, and even people to be canceled, you can join UNRWA USA for an interactive Gaza 5K + Digital Festival on Saturday, September 12, 2020, bringing together community, running, music, and entertainment for a good cause — providing mental health for refugee kids in the Gaza Strip. And now, due to the crisis in Lebanon, a portion of the proceeds from the Gaza 5K will be dedicated to our urgent relief fund for Palestine refugees in Lebanon.
Join Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin virtually on August 6 at 7:30 PM for activism, sing-along, and live lantern launch. This will be live streamed on PSR Wisconsin’s Facebook page or you can register to watch through Zoom.
Due to COVID-19 risks, the commemoration event for the lives lost 75 years ago in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be live streamed virtually. There will NOT be a public gathering this year.
BUT we want you and your family and friends to participate from home by creating paper decorations for the lanterns in a few easy steps! Our goal is to float 75 lanterns for the 75th anniversary so we need your help in decorating paper for the lanterns by August 1! Find out more info on how at Lanterns for Peace 2020.
Oscar Rennebohm Park, Madison
6 pm Vegan Food by JustVeggies
7 pm Community Education
8 pm Vigil
Vigil for all Black Lives lost to white supremacy and police brutality, and to support recent victims of racist violence in our community. Meet neighbors and learn multiple ways to support Black people in our community.
We are still in a pandemic, so this will be a socially distancing gathering. Make your own best choice about risk. Please wear a face covering. Bring a candle (in glass won’t blow out). Extra masks and candles will be provided.
Speakers include State Senate Candidate Nada Elmikashfi, pastor Jeffrey Jackson, and others!
Facebook event link
A virtual summit on building a united racial justice movement from the U.S. to Palestine
Eyewitness Palestine (formerly Interfaith Peace-Builders)
JOIN US July 18 for a day of:
Powerful Analysis, to better understand the current places in our society where connections across movements can be made and where we should be acting in the US, now.
An exploration of justice-based frameworks so that we can make connections based not just on similarities but understanding critical differences and working at the systematic roots of change.
Connections with movement leaders to learn about actions you can take now to support justice movements from the US to Palestine, with an emphasis on how to show up NOW in the US.
Leave with a toolkit of actions you can take immediately to work towards Collective Liberation – freedom for all!
More information and registration
GlobalGiving’s World Refugee Week Campaign is starting Monday, June 15th, at 9am Eastern / 6am Pacific time and Palestinian refugees are included in the competition this year. I’m delighted to tell you that our newest project, Mrs. Najah’s Kitchen – Gaza Emergency Meals, is part of this campaign and competing for big bonuses!
Mrs. Najah’s emergency food program is a lifeline to keep the most impacted families in Rafah, Gaza safe and fed during the pandemic with the goal of delivering 200 meals a day, 1400 meals a week.
Just $10 can feed a family of 5. Will you help?
During World Refugee Week, which starts this Monday, this project can win an extra $5,000 and $10,000 if we get the highest number of unique donors and the most total donations, respectively. Additionally, the first $750 of contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar by GlobalGiving. You and your donation may be the one that helps this important project win the bonuses!
Mrs. Najah, a refugee herself and the head of Women’s Programs Center-Rafah for over 18 years says,
Massachusetts Peace Action, 5/11/20
Screening of a one-hour summary of the 4-part Al Jazeera investigative report that was never allowed to air, followed by Q&A. 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern
The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016, but was censored because Qatar, the gas-rich Gulf emirate that funds Al Jazeera, came under intense Israel lobby pressure not to air the film.
The film exposes the efforts of Israel and its lobbyists to spy on, smear and intimidate US citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. It shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of US-based organizations.
We will stream the video on Zoom, but for better video clarity we recommend that you watch it on Youtube. We will join the Zoom meeting for opening remarks and we will give you the Youtube link and tell you when to press “Play”. We’ll then return to the Zoom meeting for the Q&A.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkduCqrzIjGNAS464q1DBeEFc_hjYH5Z4B; you will receive video and phone codes to join the meeting by email.
Second in a series of online meetings sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action’s Palestine/Israel Working Group
Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA), 5/11/20
From Palestine to Turtle Island (North America) settler colonialism continues to exploit land and natural resources to the detriment of indigenous communities. To commemorate Nakba Day, when 700,000 Palestinians were violently displaced from their lands, FOSNA has lined up a powerful conversation with Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, Indigenous scholar-activist Melanie Yazzie and Palestinian American activist Nadya Tannous. These powerful women will share past and present stories of Indigenous resistance to colonialism. Please join us on May 16 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern for “Commemorate by Resisting: The Nakba and Indigenous Struggles.”
Ahed Tamimi is a 19 year old Palestinian, living in Al Nabi Saleh, Northwest of Ramallah. Currently she is a Law student at Birzeit University. She spent 8 months in Israeli prisons after being accused of slapping an Israeli soldier, and other charges. Her continual resistance to the Israeli occupation has earned her then nickname, the Lioness of Palestine.
Melanie Yazzie is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She co-founded and helps lead The Red Nation, a grassroots organization committed to the liberation of Indigenous people from colonialism and capitalism. She specializes in Navajo/American Indian history, political ecology, Indigenous feminisms, queer Indigenous studies, and theories of policing and the state.
Nadya Tannous is a passionate community organizer with a focus on refugee rights, transitional justice, youth education, and inter-community empowerment. She is a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement –USA and was previously on staff of Friends of Sabeel North America. Nadya holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Anthropology and Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies from UC Santa Cruz.
Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), 5/11/20
#KeyToJustice Webinar – May 14, 4 PM Palestine time: Rafeef Ziadah, Marta Ill and Rey Perez Asis will discuss the connections between the Palestinian struggle to end the ongoing Nakba and the struggles of millions of refugees, migrants and those struggling for adequate housing worldwide, particularly during the pandemic.
#KeyToJustice Global Action – May 15: Share a photo of yourself on social media holding a key, and tag your post with #KeyToJustice. Learn how to make a key at home with this do-it-yourself video. The key symbolizes not just Palestinian refugees’ return, but the connectedness of our struggles for equality, dignity and freedom, for all those without homes, facing brutality and resisting erasure.
Online Nakba Day Rally – May 15, 9 PM Palestine time: With speakers and performers including DAM, Janna Jihad, Diana Buttu, Roger Waters and Ken Loach. Organized by Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK), Jewish Voice for Peace (US), South African BDS Coalition, and the BDS Movement.
Our collective mobilisations will help turn the #KeyToJustice.
This webinar is part of a series of virtual events to raise funds for the Let’s Get Free 2020 Program. We are requesting a donation to join the webinar, from $0 – $50. Additional donations are welcome! Can’t attend? Donations are always welcome: DONATE HERE
Eyewitness Palestine & the March for Racial Justice are excited to host
Learning For our Liberation:
Gaza in Context’s Lessons for Today’s Struggles for Justice
April 22nd – 6pm EST – Zoom Webinar
Featuring Noura Erakat
Human Rights Attorney, Activist, Scholar and the Film’s Co-director and Writer
Participants of the Let’s Get Free Program
Gaza in Context
"Israel’s deliberate fragmentation of the Palestinian people and their land for the past 70 years has also fragmented the Palestinian narrative and struggle for rights. This is just one reason why it is vital that efforts to stop and reverse Israel’s colonization project adopt a holistic framework of analysis.Gaza in Context does just that: It zeroes in on Israel’s repeated assaults against the besieged strip but then broadens out to show how Israel’s attacks on Gaza are part of a consistent plan against the entire Palestinian people, a plan that from day one has sought to minimize the number of Palestinians in historic Palestine and maximize the number of Israeli Jews. The 20-minute film and accompanying educational materials succinctly provide the missing context in so many accounts of the conflict. It is an excellent entry point for the many thousands who are beginning to support Palestinian rights and an important refresher for others that have been involved in the movement for longer. Spread the word!"
~ Nadia Hijab, Executive Director, Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network
Learn more about Gaza in Context
Let’s Get Free Program
For Black youth growing up in D.C. today, the natural disaster of COVID-19 is layered right on top of a human-created disaster for Black people. The system tries to stop Black youth from thriving at every step: mass development displaces Black families, lack of medical facilities denies Black youth care, transportation gaps separate their communities from economic opportunity, and the criminal legal system pushes children straight from schools to prisons.
Through a delegation to Palestine in 2020 with Eyewitness Palestine, Black D.C. youth will have the opportunity to learn and identify methods and practices from the people of Palestine who are engaged in a daily fight for their survival. Having the chance to witness the beautiful, determined strength and love of a people suffering from White Supremacy/Settler Colonialism will change the lives of these youth forever and create clarity on the existing systems designed to destroy any resemblance of self-determination and liberation and most importantly, develop tactics to fight back against these systems.
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