CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at david.chirot@gmail.com
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


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Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'



Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'


The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.


The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

How Many Billboards? throughout Los Angeles










December 19, 2009






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How Many Billboards?
February 5 - March 12, 2010

23 New Art Works on Billboards throughout Los Angeles


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"In How Many Billboards?, the streets of Los Angeles become the walls of the exhibition, and the city itself becomes a large museum."

–Kimberli Meyer, Director of the MAK Center, and initiator and co-curator of the exhibition.

Kenneth Anger / Michael Asher / Jennifer Bornstein / Eileen Cowin / Christina Fernandez / Ken Gonzales-Day / Renée Green / Kira Lynn Harris / Larry Johnson / John Knight / David Lamelas / Brandon Lattu / Daniel Joseph Martinez / Kori Newkirk / Maria Nordman / Yvonne Rainer / Martha Rosler / Allen Ruppersberg / Allan Sekula / Susan Silton / Kerry Tribe / James Welling / Lauren Woods

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is pleased to announce its most ambitious project to date: How Many Billboards? Art In Stead. This large-scale urban exhibition debuts new works by 23 artists, listed above, working in the vein of California's conceptual art movement and presented on billboards throughout Los Angeles.

Each artist has been commissioned to create a work that critically responds to the medium of the billboard and interprets its role in the urban landscape. Investigating art as an idea as well as art as a media for critical intervention, How Many Billboards? highlights the interaction of Pop, conceptualism and architecture in Los Angeles since the late 1960s as well as addresses the environmental impact of billboards at a critical moment for city residents and officials.

The exhibition will be located on major boulevards from LAX to central Los Angeles bounded by Washington, La Cienega, Hollywood, and Sunset Boulevards.

The MAK Center has also organized an overview exhibition and orientation station at the Schindler House, on view until May 2010; and a series of public programs and bus tours intended to critically explore the legacies of California's conceptually-orientated art, and examine the relationships between outdoor media and architecture in the city. Public programs will begin in February and run until May.

Watch the project unfold and subscribe for up-to-date information at http://www.howmanybillboards.org

How Many Billboards? Art In Stead is organized by MAK Center Director Kimberli Meyer with co-curators Lisa Henry, Dr. Nizan Shaked, and Dr. Gloria Sutton, and public art consultant Sara Daleiden.

How Many Billboards? Art In Stead is generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Exhibition Award. Additional funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Foundation. In-kind support provided by Rick Robinson, MacDonald Media; and the outdoor advertising industry of Los Angeles.

The MAK Center for Art & Architecture is located at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission for Friends of the Schindler House and on Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m. Parking is available at the public structure at the northeast corner of Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard. For further information, contact http://www.MAKcenter.org or call (323) 651-1510.










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Just Foreign Policy US News--CIA Torture in Palestine's West Bank

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1) Palestinian security agents who have been detaining and allegedly torturing supporters of Hamas in the West Bank have been working closely with the CIA, the Guardian reports. Human rights activists say the abuses would end promptly if US pressure was brought to bear on the Palestinian authorities. A diplomat in the region said "at the very least" US intelligence officers were aware of the torture and not doing enough to stop it.

2) A leaked UN document indicated deceit on the part of rich country governments concerning the effects of promised carbon emission cuts, the Guardian reports.

3) President Obama's speech in Copenhagen prompted widespread criticism from environmental and development activists, the Guardian reports. A spokesman for the World Development Movement said: "The president said he came to act, but showed little evidence of doing so." The World Wildlife Fund said Obama had let down the international community by failing to commit to pushing for action in Congress.

4) U.S. drone strikes northwest Pakistan could exacerbate already high tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal reports. The U.S. strikes come after Pakistani authorities turned down a U.S. demand to extend Pakistan's campaign to target Sirajuddin Haqqani, a powerful Taliban commander. [The Journal notes that Pakistani authorities have been subjecting U.S. diplomats to greater scrutiny, but doesn't ask whether this might be related to U.S. threats to carry out attacks in Pakistan without Pakistani government approval - a logical connection since it is well known that CIA agents are often placed under diplomatic cover - JFP.]

5) Sen. McCaskill called for stepped-up government oversight of contract work in Afghanistan, saying Pentagon auditors have already challenged nearly $1 billion in charges by military contractors, the Washington Post reports. Pentagon auditors had examined $5.9 billion worth of contracts and found about $950 million in "questioned and unsupported costs," McCaskill said. "Because auditors have only looked at a fraction of contracts," she said, "the real amount of waste is likely to be much higher." McCaskill sought a single figure for the total value of U.S. contracts in operation in Afghanistan, but Administration officials were unable to provide it

Obama ordered deadly blitz on Yemen: US media:

Obama ordered deadly blitz on Yemen: US media:

 US Nobel Peace Prize laureate President Barack Obama has signed the order for a recent military strike on Yemen in which scores of civilians, including children, have been killed, a report says.
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Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan, congressional agency says:

Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan, congressional agency says:

The surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by a surge of up to 56,000 contractors, vastly expanding the presence of personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service.
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YEMEN ATTACKS--2 articles

'US aided' deadly Yemen raids:

Residents of Abyan said that there was no al-Qaeda training camp in the area and that the raids had destroyed several homes. Abbas al-Assal, a local human rights activist who was at the scene, said 64 people were killed, including 23 children and 17 women.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/12/2009121954017137936.html

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Yemen Opposition Says Govt Attacks Killed Civilians:

"In a dangerous precedent, ... the Sanaa regime committed a brutal massacre against our people," exiled southern leader Ali Salem al-Beidh said in a statement, calling for an investigation by the United Nations, and by Arab and Muslim countries.
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Press TV: U.S Kill 63 Civilians, 28 Children in Yemen Air Strikes By Press TV

U.S Kill 63 Civilians, 28 Children in Yemen Air Strikes

By Press TV

Yemen's Houthi fighters say scores of civilians, including many children, have been killed in US air-raids in the southeast of the war-stricken Arab country. The Shia fighters on Friday reported the deaths of 63 people, including some 28 children, in the southeastern province of Abyan.
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==US Attack Kills 120 In Yemen Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Suspected "Terrorists

US Attack Kills 120 In Yemen  Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Suspected "Terrorists"  By BRIAN ROSS, RICHARD ESPOSITO, MATTHEW COLE, LUIS MARTINEZ and KIRIT RADIA  As many as 120 people were killed in the three raids, according to reports from Yemen, and opposition leaders said many of the dead were innocent civilians. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24225.htm  ===

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Andy Worthington: Judge Orders Release From Guantánamo of Unwilling Yemeni Recruit

Andy Worthington: Judge Orders Release From Guantánamo of Unwilling Yemeni Recruit
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/18-1

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AVAAZ: Copenhagen - the pressure is working!





Dear friends,

Wow. Yesterday, the media was calling the crucial Copenhagen climate summit dead on arrival.

But 24 hours later, after millions of petition signatures, hundreds of thousands of phone calls, and a massive outcry across the planet, a deal could be back on!

Leaders are frantically doing in hours what they've failed to do for years, but we're still far from a pact that will stop catastrophic global warming of 2 degrees -- and the talks could still collapse. We know our pressure is working, let's use these crucial final hours to ramp it up, and get a real deal, not a dressed-up weak agreement. Sign the staggering 13 million person petition below, and send this email to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_copenhagen

The petition has become the centre of the global revolt against failure in Copenhagen. The names of petition signers are being read out by young people who have taken over spaces in the Copenhagen summit and in governments round the world, including the US State Department and the Canadian Prime Minister's office.

Amazingly, leaders themselves are appealing to the public for action. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an impassioned appeal to 3000 Avaaz members on a global conference call on Wednesday, calling for an historic 48 hour internet based campaign from citizens around the world, calling our impact crucial. Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu also appealed to the world at one of 3000 vigils organized by our movement, proclaiming "We marched in South Africa and apartheid fell, we marched in Berlin and the wall fell, we marched on Copenhagen and we WILL get a real deal".

History is being made in Copenhagen, but so far, it's not being made by leaders, but by us, millions of people round the world who are directly engaging, hour by hour, like never before, in the fight to save our planet. The pressure is working, let's ramp it up.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_copenhagen

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Ricken, Alice, Iain, Ben, Paul, Luis, Graziela, Benjamin, Pascal, Veronique, Paula and the whole Avaaz team.

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Gaza One Year Later (Occupation End Notes Vol 7 No 21)







Gaza One Year Later

Occupation End Notes Vol 7 No 21 December 18, 2009

Dear david,

As you know, we are approaching one year since the beginning of Israel's 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip, which killed about 1,400 Palestinians, injured thousands more, and caused billions of dollars in damage to Palestinian civilian infrastructure. The situation remains dire as Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip remains in place--a recent report from Gisha, the Israeli Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, shows the drastic contrast between the amount of aid that is allowed in monthly versus the amount that is needed; rebuilding supplies are still not allowed in; and the international community has not yet taken concrete action to end Israel's blockade.

However, the hard work that civil society--including member groups and individual supporters of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation--is doing to hold Israel and the United States accountable for violations of Palestinian human rights is starting to pay off. More than 1,000 participants from around the world will join the Gaza Freedom March in symbolically breaking the siege of Gaza, and will march with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to the Erez Crossing with Israel while Israeli activists march from the other side. Solidarity actions are planned around the world. The US Campaign has produced resources, ideas for actions, sample press releases, and more that you can use to organize a solidarity action in your community.

In a sign of the massive shift in discourse that is occuring even in the halls of Congress, two Dear Colleague letters critical of the humanitarian effects of the blockade of Gaza have been introduced by Representatives Jim McDermott and Keith Ellison and Representatives Jim Moran and Bob Inglis. You can still call your Representative this afternoon and ask them to sign on to these important letters. 

The siege of Gaza is one prominent aspect of Israeli occupation and apartheid, but it's not the only violation of human rights and international law that we have to confront. That's why we are encouraging supporters to meet with their Members of Congress during the winter recess to discuss accountability for the way in which Israel misuses the billions of dollars in U.S. military aid provided by U.S. taxpayers.

Just a quick glance for this week's edition of Occupation End Notes will give you a sense of how much exciting work for human rights and justice in Israel/Palestine is going on right now. The important work of networking and resourcing the largest coalition of organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine is not possible without your help. Consider making a donation to support our work today, or sign up to be a monthly donor by joining the Olive Branch Club. Check out the rest of Occupation End Notes to see the victories, resources, actions, and opportunities that your support makes possible!

In solidarity,

US Campaign National Office Staff

In This Edition

US Campaign Podcast Channel

Victory! Credo Hangs Up on Moto

Gaza Freedom March Solidarity Actions

Accountability in Congress

What Does Accountability Look Like?

New Posts on the US Campaign Blog

New Member Groups

Events Near You

US Campaign Member Groups Get Creative

Demand Freedom for Palestinian Nonviolence Leaders

Making a Media Impact

Order Gaza Greeting Cards

Delegations to Israel/Palestine

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* New: US Campaign Podcast Channel

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation now has a podcast channel! Check out our first podcast, which covers setting up Congressional visits during the winter recess, by clicking here. And find unique content, updates, videos, and more on our YouTube channel, Twitter feed, Facebook page, and blog.

As you might expect, keeping all of these new media outlets up and running takes a lot of work! The US Campaign is still looking for interns for the Spring Semester of 2010--especially interns with video editing, website design, or graphic design skills. Click here to download an intern application.


* Victory! Credo Mobile Hangs Up on Motorola

Last week we found out that Credo Mobile, a telephone service provider that claims to be guided by progressive values, stopped offering Motorola phones to their customers after complaints from our supporters. This is a major victory in our campaign to boycott Motorola for profiting from Israeli occupation and apartheid against Palestinians! Hang Up On Motorola organizers have been contacting Credo about joining our boycott for over a year. Last week US Campaign member group CODEPINK met with Credo and was assured that Motorola phones would no longer be offered. We're thrilled that people looking for a progressive phone service now have a Motorola-free option! Click here to read more and to thank Credo for this decision. Click here to watch our spoof of the Motorola 'Droid' commercial, which shows the truth about Motorola's complicity in human rights violations committed against Palestinians.


* Commemorating Operation Cast Lead: What Are You Doing in Solidarity with the Gaza Freedom March?

At our national conference in September, US Campaign member groups voted overwhelmingly to endorse the Gaza Freedom March. Now it's time to step up and show our support with action. Gaza Freedom Marchers have put out a call for solidarity actions between December 27th and January 1st. You can organize a march in your community or another event, such as a vigil, film screening, art exhibition, or teach-in, during these days of action, and you can multiply your impact by linking your event with one of the ongoing national campaigns of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Click here for resources, action ideas, and more information.

Are you going on the Gaza Freedom March? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you. Let us know by clicking here.


* Accountability in the Halls of Congress

As we approach the one-year commemoration of "Operation Cast Lead," Israel's three-week assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, which killed about 1,400 Palestinians, injured thousands more, and caused billions of dollars of damage to Palestinian civilian infrastructure, Members of Congress are responding to our advocacy work and to the massive change in discourse already underway in the United States, and are beginning to protest against the humanitarian effects of Israel's ongoing blockade of Gaza. There's still much work to be done, though--and the upcoming winter recess is a good time to do it! Click here to learn how to support two Dear Colleague letters that have been introduced in criticism of the effects of Israel's siege, and click here to learn how you can meet with your Members of Congress during their winter break to call for accountability for Israeli actions--and the U.S. weapons that allow them to happen.

This week we held a conference call to prep people on how to set up these meetings and what policy issues they can raise with their Members of Congress.  Don't worry if you missed the call and still want to participate.  Listen to the conference call anytime by checking out the new US Campaign podcast channel by clicking here.

Two months ago, the US Campaign re-launched its Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) network with a new, interactive map that helps connect organizers and displays information about Members of Congress and their voting records on Palestine/Israel issues.  Don't just complain about U.S. policy-do something to help us change it by joining other activists in more than 70 Congressional districts in our CDC network today by clicking here.


* This is What Accountability Looks Like

What does accountability for violations of human rights and international law look like? Growing participation in the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) means a growing worldwide movement for justice and accountability. Learn about exciting new developments in the BDS movement by clicking here. And view news coverage of BDS here.


* Don't Miss New Posts on the US Campaign Blog

Check out new posts at the US Campaign blog, including great video of US Campaign member group New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel protesting at Best Buy, op-eds from members of US Campaign member groups Adalah-NY and Christian Peacemaker Teams, a chance to set the record straight on the boycott of Ahava, Mustafa Barghouti in the New York Times, and much more! And keep an eye on the blog for new developments including guest columns, posts by member groups, action alerts, and more.


* Member Groups, Member Groups, Everywhere!

In an effort to better help our coalition members network and for us to better gauge the coalition's regional diversity, we have put together a map with our more than 320 coalition members represented by state. Don't see your member group listed? Click here to join the US Campaign. Click here to check if your member group is in good standing with the US Campaign.

Please welcome the following member groups to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:

Alaskans for Palestine

Coloradans for Peace


* Vigils, Film Screenings, and Other Events in a Community Near You

Want to know what's happening in your community to promote human rights and international law in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine? Check out the US Campaign's online event calendar by clicking here. If you are planning an event--a vigil, a march, a teach-in, a film screening, an action, or anything else--you can publicize your event on our website by clicking here.


* US Campaign Member Groups Get Creative

Motorola skits in a New York Best Buy, protests outside of a high-powered business lunch sponsored by Israeli settlement builder Lev Leviev, and billboards calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel are just a few of the creative ideas for action that US Campaign member groups are putting into practice around the country.

Check out pictures and videos of some of these actions at the US Campaign blog by clicking here.


* Demand Freedom for Leaders of Palestinian Nonviolent Struggle

On December 10, 2009 at 2 AM, the Israeli military surrounded the Ramallah home of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a high school teacher and the Coordinator of Bil'in's Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, and arrested him. Abu Rahmah is among the leaders of the West Bank village of Bil'in's nearly five-year nonviolent struggle of protests, lawsuits and boycotts aiming to save the village's land from Israel's wall and expanding settlements. Abdallah Abu Rahmah joins Mohammed Othman from the village of Jayyous, Adeeb Abu Rahmah from Bil'in and many other Palestinians who are currently jailed by Israel for working for justice. Click here for more information, including a press release from US Campaign member group Adalah-NY and an action opportunity from US Campaign member group Jewish Voice for Peace.


* US Campaign Members Make a Media Impact

US Campaign members have really been making an impact in the media recently. Sarah McDonald of US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams had an op-ed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on settler violence and the U.S. support that makes it possible--a topic that she is well acquainted with after being attacked by settlers in the South Hebron Hills. Aaron Levitt and Andrew Kadi of Adalah-NY had an op-ed in The Guardian focusing on U.S. "charitable" organizations that raise money for exactly the kind of violent Israeli settlers who attacked Sarah and her teammates. Andrew also talked BDS on Pacifica Radio's weekly "Flashpoints" program. And US Campaign supporters wrote letters to the editor in response to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which you can read here. Keep up with coverage of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation by clicking here, and find out how you can have an effect on the discourse by using our media action tools.


* Order Greeting Cards for Gaza

US Campaign member group Palestine-Israel Action Group of Ann Arbor Friends (Quakers) have created a powerful Gaza greeting card/notecard, which you can see by clicking here. The cards carry a Mother and Child image on the front, are blank inside, and have a statement on the back to remind friends and family that the people of Gaza continue to suffer a year after the Israeli onslaught of last winter. Proceeds from the cards will help Palestinians in Gaza with food, medicine, and other basic needs via UNRWA. For ordering information click here.


* Opportunities to Visit Israel/Palestine for Education and Solidarity

Want to visit Israel/Palestine for education and solidarity? Check out the many opportunities to visit Israel/Palestine with US Campaign member groups and allies by clicking here.


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