Monday, February 11, 2013

Do You Want to Continue This AIPAC Friendship?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be holding its 2013 policy conference in Washington, DC next month under the banner of "Celebrating 65 Years of Friendship."  

Join the
 US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and our member groups CODEPINK, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Interfaith Peace-Builders March 2-5 to Expose AIPAC and what this "friendship" truly means

The Expose AIPAC mobilization will kick off with a
 Grassroots Advocacy Training by IFPB and FOR on Saturday, March 2. The day-long conference will feature panels on AIPAC and its role in determining U.S. policy toward the Middle East; workshops on boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns; and trainings about lobbying Congress. Speakers include Laila Al Haddad, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Josh Ruebner, Phyllis Bennis and many more

CODEPINK will be coordinating direct actions outside of the AIPAC convention on Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4. And plan on joining the US Campaign Tuesday, March 5 for a constituent lobby day to bring our message to Congress

Check out the entire schedule
 and register today

The "friendship" between the United States and Israel that AIPAC pursues is one that
 endangers millions of lives across the Middle East. 

AIPAC has pushed for a U.S. military attack on Iran and has successfully lobbied the U.S. government to adopt
 crippling economic sanctions, which have hurt the Iranian people in many ways including fueling a medical crisis due to increasing prices of medical supplies. 

As seen in the U.S. elections just a few months ago, political action committees and individuals aligned with AIPAC's agenda provide millions of dollars in contributions to politicians
 cheerleading Israel's violations of international law and abuses of Palestinian human rights. This means that instead of sanctioning Israel for expanding illegal settlements and launching yet another military assault against Gaza, U.S. politicians compete in proving how much they stand with Israel

And AIPAC continues to demand 
unconditional U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians, support that comes in many forms including diplomatic protection at the United Nations and $30 billion in military aid from 2009-2018. 

This year will mark
 46 years of Israel's brutal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. This year will mark 65 years of Palestinian dispossession. 

AIPAC lobbies for U.S. taxpayer money to help continue Israel's oppression of Palestinians instead of to fund unmet community needs here at home. 


Register today to help Expose AIPAC and change U.S. policy to support human rights, international law, and equality.  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

DC Film Screening: Where Should the Birds Fly?


From our member group The Palestine Center


Where Should the Birds Fly? by Fida Qishta 

(with director and producer present)
Thursday, February 14, 2013
12:30-2:00pm 
2425 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC  20037 

Where Should the Birds Fly

Where Should The Birds Fly documents the lives of two courageous young Palestinian women, survivors of Israel's massive 23 day attack on Gaza that began on December 28, 2008.  It is the compelling and moving story of these remarkable young women, the future of Palestine, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor and hope, to find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them. Mona Samouni is an 11 year old girl of remarkable wisdom. Her family died under Israeli rockets. Fida Qishta, the filmmaker, is a 27 year old journalist.  

With her Palestinian crew, Fida has documented the lives of the people of Gaza. This is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians themselves and it gives voice to the people of Gaza. 


Please join us for this privileged screening with the filmmaker and producers from Deep Dish TV present to answer questions

Lunch will be served. RSVP here

Monday, February 4, 2013

Event: New Year -- Old Wars in the Middle East

From our member group Upper Hudson Peace Action

New Year -- Old Wars in the Middle East


Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, Iran...where's it all going?

Discussion with Phyllis Bennis, Director of New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. 

Wednesday, February
 6

12:00pm Albany Public Library (161 Washington Avenue) 

7:00 PM in Room 354 of the Humanities Building on the main campus of the State University of New York at Albany

Contact Paul Rehm at 518-966-5366 or kprehm@aol.com for more information.