U.S. Premiere: ‘There is a Field’ Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

There is a Field

Please join our brothers and sisters at Donkeysaddle Projects for the premiere of their new documentary film, There Is A Field, by Jen Marlowe.  This film tells the story of Asel Asleh, a 17-year-old Palestinian peace activist, son, brother, and friend who was murdered by Israeli police. The story is performed by Black Lives Matter activists and artists, who reflect upon the parallels they see between Asel’s story and the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in the United States.
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST
Location: Virtual
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The film is the culmination of over ten years of DSP’s work to amplify Asel’s story and elevate the connections between Black and Palestinian struggles against intersecting systems of oppression. Amidst this current political moment in the U.S. where there is renewed conversation about state violence and structural racism, we look forward to premiering the film as a solidarity offering to our communities.

The panel discussion after the screening will include:

Baraa Aslih (brother of Asel)
Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner)
Margaret Kwateng (activist who performs in the film)
Jen Marlowe (filmmaker)
Raya Naamneh (Asel’s cousin & activist)
Moderator: Nadia Ben-Youssef of the Center for Constitutional Rights

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6th Annual Conference: Responding to the Kairos/Global Call

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Rifat Kassis
Please join Kairos Puget Sound Coalition (KPSC) along with co-sponsors Jewish Voice for Peace/Portland and JVP/Tacoma for this 6th annual conference. The key note speaker will be Rifat Kassis, co-author of “A Moment of Truth, the Kairos Palestine Document”.  Mark Braverman, executive director of Kairos USA and manager of the Kairos Portal website will facilitate the Q&A and discussion following Rifat’s presentation. 
       
  Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020  
  Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)  
  Location: Zoom Virtual Event  
  Information: Event Flyer  
  Tickets: Free, Zoom registration required  
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Rifat Odeh Kassis is a Palestinian Christian, who was born in Beit Sahour, in the West Bank. He is a human rights, political and community activist, as well as an author and lecturer. He co-authored “A Moment of Truth, the Kairos Palestine Document”, published in 2009. His total commitment to this effort led to his assignment as General Coordinator of the Kairos Palestine Group, in December of 2009.

Rifat has been arrested and imprisoned several times, by Israeli authorities. In 1991, he founded the Palestine arm of Defense of Children-International (DCI), and has served in various capacity with DCI since that time. Since 2015, together with other international consultants, Rifat started a consulting group, called GRIP Consulting (www.grip.consulting)

PUBLISHED WORKS:

  • “Palestine: A Bleeding Wound in the World’s Conscience” (2006)
  • “Kairos for Palestine” – Published in India, (2011)
  • “Kairos for Global Justice” – with a forward by Patriarch Michael
     Sabbah. Published by Kairos Palestine (2012)
  • “Generation Palestine – Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and
     Sanctions Movement” – edited by Rich Wiles, with a forward by Archbishop
     Desmond Tutu. Published by Pluto Press, London, 2013.

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Shuruq 4.5: A Digital Arab Festival

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice for a creative digital alternative to the fifth Olympia Arab Festival in conjunction with the Olympia Fall Arts Walk.  
       
  October 5 – 30, 2020  
  Various times during the month  
  Digital Festival  
  Event information here →  
  Free  
Event Details

Since 2012, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice has provided a biennial Olympia Arab Festival coinciding with Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk. Plans were underway for our fifth festival this October when the realities of COVID-19 hit. We quickly determined that the pandemic would not stop us! We feel a great sense of responsibility for the health of our community, and the RCF office has been closed since March except for mail pick-up and essential tasks. But our small staff and dedicated volunteer committees are working as hard as ever remotely.

We’re thrilled to let you know that with the addition of youthful, creative and technical energy, and growing comfort with online platforms, we’ll be bringing Shuruq 4.5, a digital alternative to the fifth Olympia Arab Festival, to you and others.

Throughout the entire month of October viewers will be able to select, enjoy, and be inspired by an array of events featuring new work from Arab writers, Arab films, and pre-recorded and live presentations and performances exploring and celebrating Arab culture and the 22 Arab countries.

The schedule is firming up; logistics are being worked out; and excitement is building! You can expect a Moroccan cooking class, a Dabka dance tutorial, discussions on topics relevant in today’s Arab world, new poetry and prose from Arab contributors, and more. We’re thrilled to bring people together digitally from far and wide to learn and to grow in their appreciation of our Arab neighbors.

This festival will be remarkable, and we need your help now to pull off this new rendition of Shuruq!

We’ve added staff time for event management, and we have fees to cover for digital platforms and multiple film screenings throughout October, for stipends to presenters and performers who are lending their support during challenging times, for new graphic design work being completed, and more.

Please take a moment to review individual, business, and organization cosponsorship options here! You will also find important information about cosponsorship levels, available perks, and registering as a cosponsor.

Shukran (“Thank you”) in advance for your years of support and for any help you can provide now. Stay healthy and get ready for a lift in October with Shuruq 4.5 (“Sunrise”)!

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Webinar: Abolition and Liberation

Please join our brothers and sisters at Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) and other partners to hear Angela Davis and Jamal Juma’ discuss the connections between the Black Lives Matter (BLM) calls for police and prison abolition and the Palestinian calls for liberation.
Thursday, August 28, 2020
10:00am PST;  1:00pm EST
Webinar on-line
Event information here →
Free, Registration required
Event Details

Our speakers bring years of on-the-ground experience and strategic thinking to the conversation. Angela Davis has been an activist and liberatory scholar since the 1960s. Her 2003 book Are Prisons Obsolete? laid the strategic groundwork for the current abolition movement, as did the first Critical Resistance Conference, which she co-organized in 1998.

She will be joined, from Palestine, by Jamal Juma’, a leading grassroots organizer since Palestine’s First Intifada in 1987. A founding member of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees, Palestine National BDS Committee, Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange, and Palestinian Environmental NGO Network, Juma’ is coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and Stop the Wall

Kristian Davis Bailey, who will be moderating their conversation, is a co-founder of Black for Palestine and a co-author of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine Statement signed by more than 1,000 Black activists. He was a member of Black Youth Project 100 and Students for Justice in Palestine. Kristian currently works at Palestine Legal and is a member of LeftRoots.

Kristian Davis Bailey will be moderating their conversation.

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Livestreamed Event: A Conversation on a Shared Homeland

 

Jewish Currents (photo: Tanya Habjouqa / NOOR / Redux)

Please join our brothers and sisters at Jewish Currents and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) for a livestreamed discussion of what a shared Israeli-Palestinian homeland would actually look like.
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST
Location: On-line livestreamed event
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free, registration required
Event Details

Moderated by Jewish Currents Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart, this event will feature Sari Nusseibeh, a Palestinian academic and former activist; Meron Rapoport, an Israeli journalist; and Dr. Limor Yehuda, an Israeli legal scholar.

This event is co-sponsored by FMEP, which was created in 1979 by Merle Thorpe, Jr., a Washington-based lawyer and philanthropist, to promote a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Foundation advances this goal through its grants program, public programming, and research.

Peter Beinart is professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, an Atlantic and CNN contributor and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Sari Nusseibeh is a Palestinian Professor of Philosophy and former President of the Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. Until December 2002 he was the representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in that city.

Meron Rapoport is an award-winning Israeli journalist who writes for Local Call/972+ Magazine and collaborates with Middle East Eye. He is one of the founders of A Land for All/Two States One Homeland, an Israeli-Palestinian movement promoting a confederative solution between an independent Palestine and an independent Israel.

Dr. Limor Yehuda is a legal scholar interested in the role of human rights and international law in peace processes. She is currently a fellow at Tel Aviv University and a founder of A Land for All.

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Divided We Stand: Allies Debate the Two-State Solution

Separation wall between Israel and the West Bank near Jerusalem. (photo: Mazur Travel via Shutterstock)

Please join our brothers and sisters at New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA) for a livestreamed debate over the future resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Participants in the discussion will feature Peter Beinart, Jeremy Ben-Ami, and Rabbi Jill Jacobs.
Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm Eastern Time / 10:00am Pacific Time
Location: Online Event
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Zoom registration
Event Details

The event will feature Jewish Currents Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart, author of a recent essay arguing that the two-state solution is obsolete, in discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami and Rabbi Jill Jacobs.

Peter Beinart is professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, an Atlantic and CNN contributor and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Jeremy Ben-Ami is the President of J Street, bringing to the role both deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah. Formally, she was a Rabbi-in Residence at Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ), a national public foundation dedicated to mobilizing the resources of American Jews to combat the root causes of domestic social and economic injustice.

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Day of Rage Seattle Rally

Day of Rage Seattle Rally

Please join our brothers and sisters with the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and other local groups for a  global call to action on July 1.  The Day of Rage is a call to confront Israeli annexation and struggle for a free Palestine and to expose and oppose the deadly exchange of trainings, technologies and weapons between the Seattle Police Department and the Israeli police and military forces.
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Seattle Police Dept. West Precinct, 810 Virginia Street, Seattle WA. 98101
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free
Event Details

In solidarity with the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network’s global call to action to confront Israeli annexation and struggle for a free Palestine, we are organizing a local Day of Rage rally at the West SPD Precinct. Along with actions organized by Palestinian communities in exile and diaspora and solidarity movements around the world, Seattle Palestinian, Black and Indigenous communities are organizing a Day of Rage rally against Israel’s annexation of the West Bank of Palestine and against police terrorism in the US. We demand the defunding and dismantling of US police alongside the defunding and dismantling of Zionist colonialism and racist Israeli apartheid. Join us on Wednesday, July 1st from 5:30-7:00 at the SPD West Precinct [810 Virginia Street, Seattle WA 98101]. Bring your masks, uphold social distancing, bring signs and bring your rage.

We are organizing to expose and oppose the deadly exchange of trainings, technologies and weapons between the Seattle Police Department and the Israeli police and military forces. These trainings make US police forces and the Israeli military more dangerous and reinforce these fascist institutions controlled by the state which both take the lives and terrorize oppressed Black and Indigenous people in our communities. We are outraged by the occupation of Palestine. We are outraged by the police murders of Black people. We are outraged by this oppression and call everyone to join us in saying enough is enough!

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Mideast Focus Film Series 2020: Imprisoning a Generation and Today They Took My Son

Please join our brothers and sisters at St. Mark’s Cathedral Episcopal Mideast Focus Ministry for a zoom video showing and discussion of Imprisoning A Generation, a feature-length documentary film that presents the personal testimony of four young Palestinians who have survived detention in the Israeli prison system.The documentary will be paired with the award-winning short film, Today They Took My Son by Farah Nabulsi. A discussion with Dr. Alice Rothchild will follow.
Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 7:00pm: Film
8:15pm: Discussion
Location: Zoom on-line
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Request for zoom access
Event Details

Join us through Zoom to watch the films online together as a group on Friday evening only at 7 p.m.

Immediately following the films, (approx. 8:15 p.m.) we will have a discussion with Dr. Alice Rothchild in the same Zoom meeting.

Due to restrictions by the film’s distributor, you will need to RSVP by email and then be sent a link to watch the film and join the discussion. Send an email to the ticket address above.

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Webinar: Palestinian Voices: Annexation and its impact on the Christian Community in Israel/Palestine

(photo: Churches for Middle East Peace)

Please join our brothers and sisters at Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) to hear Rev. Isaac and Father Khader talk and learn how Christian leaders in Palestine are responding to the possibility of annexation.
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time
8:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Register
Event Details

Join Kyle Cristofalo, Churches for Middle East Peace’s Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, as he speaks with Rev. Munther Isaac and Father Jamal Khader on Thursday, June 4, from 11am-12pm Eastern. Rev. Isaac and Father Jamal
will address the devastating impact annexation will have for the future of the Christian community in Palestine. Learn more about how Christian leaders in Palestine are responding to the possibility of annexation and how you can use your voice to advocate for justice and freedom for all in Israel-Palestine.

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Webinar: Tied in a Single Garment of Destiny: Black Christian Reflections on Palestine

Please join our brothers and sisters for a panel of leaders and activists who will reflect on how triple evils tie together Black and Palestinian stories, our past and present struggles for justice, and the role of the Church and liberation theologies in the march toward freedom.
Date: Thursday, May 21 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm PT
Location: Webinar
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free, must register
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As people of African descent, our struggle against the racism, economic exploitation, and militarism of the United States, what Rev. Dr. King dubbed the “giant triplets,” ties us to the Palestinian people, as they face these giants as well, under Israeli occupation. And today those most harmed by the triple evils are disproportionately impacted by the giant of the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is more apparent than ever that Palestinians and Black Americans are tied in “a single garment of destiny,” what affects one directly affects the other indirectly.

The panel of dynamic thought leaders and activists will reflect on how the triple evils tie together Black and Palestinian stories, our past and present struggles for justice, and the role of the Church and liberation theologies in the march toward freedom. Our panelists include:

  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN.
  • Erica N. Williams is an ordained minister, activist and organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
  • Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Nyle Fort is a minister, activist, and Ph.D. candidate in religion and African American studies at Princeton University.
  • Sarah Nahar is a border-walking scholar-activist working on a PhD in Religion and Environmental Studies in Syracuse, NY (traditional Haudenosaunee land).

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