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May 26, 2011

2011.05.26: Antiwar Bulletin: Upcoming Events

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:13 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: Upcoming Events

Thurs., May 26, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.:
Tell the LGBT Center it can’t censor queer political organizing
This is the convergence of two serious issues: first is queer institutions getting increasingly conservative and slamming the doors on radical or progressive queers. Second is fear-mongering about Arabs and Muslims — whether general demonization or specific claims of Arab/Muslim homophobia — that allows the stewards of our public spaces to say that discussion of the rights and demands of Palestinians, including Palestinian queers, is somehow “too scary.”
LGBT Center, 208 W. 13 St., Manhattan

Fri., May 27, 3 p.m.
Solidarity with the People of Yemen
Please join the Yemeni American Coalition for Change and Freedom Supporters as we stand in solidarity with millions of Yemeni People in their struggle for democracy and human rights as they demand the immediate DEPARTURE of the repressive Saleh regime.
United Nations, 47 St. and 1 Ave., Manhattan!/event.php?eid=222945901064579

Fri., May 27, 4-6 p.m.
The Egyptian Revolution Belongs to the Whole World
Support our sisters and brothers in Egypt as they are taking it to Tahrir square again on 5/27 to force the army generals to give up their support of the fallen Mubarak regime.
Egyptian Mission to the UN, 44 St. and 2 Ave., Manhattan
Sat., May 28, 12-3 p.m.

Free Oscar Lopez Rivera Community March in the South Bronx
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign and The National Boricua Human Rights Network are organizing a community march in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the arrest of Oscar Lopez Rivera; one of the longest held Puerto Rican Political Prisoners.
La Casita de Chema, 499 E. 157 St. (2/5 to 149 St. and 3 Ave.), Bronx

Sun., May 29, 8-11 p.m.
Palestine: Commemorating 63 years of al-Nakba** with Haneen Zoabi
Haneen Zoabi is Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset. She was aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla when it was attacked by Israeli commandos in international waters; nine activists were killed and dozens injured.
Widdi Catering Hall, 5602 6 Ave., Brooklyn

Mon., May 30, 7 p.m.
“Hip Hop is Bigger Than the Occupation”: Screening
New film about a ten day journey of artists traveling through Palestine. Includes M1 of Dead Prez, Shadia Mansour, Marcel Cartier, Mazzi of Soul Purpose, DJ Vega Benetton, Lowkey, Jody McIntyre and Trinidad, Brandon and Lavie from the South West Youth Collaborative/University of Hip Hop Chicago.
Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St., Dumbo, Brooklyn

Tues., May 31, 7 p.m.
Art Opening: Mavi Marmara Memorial Exhibit (open through June 3rd)
Join us in commemorating nine peace activists (Turkish citizens, including Furkan Dogan, also an American citizen) who were killed by Israeli soldiers when they sailed on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010. The Mavi Marmara Memorial will mark the one-year anniversary of the attack on the flotilla.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4 Floor, Manhattan

Fri., June 3, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Rally to Defend CUNY Funding & Hearing of the Higher Education Committee
Please come out and join us on the steps of City Hall, as we speak out in support of public higher education, and afterwards at 250 Broadway, where we will examine the impact these cuts will have on CUNY students and staff.
Steps of City Hall, 250 Broadway and Murray, Manhattan


**About the Nakba

Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, or, democratic Israel at work
While we are still desperately concealing, denying and repressing our major ethnic cleansing of 1948 – over 600,000 refugees, some who fled for fear of the Israel Defense Forces and its predecessors, some who were expelled by force – it turns out that 1948 never ended, that its spirit is still with us.

Palestinian Nakba: Forever a memory
Referring to these refugees, Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion famously said that “the old will die and the young will forget”. In fact, rather than “forgetting”, the Nakba has become one of the central foundations for activism by Palestinians – and their supporters – around the world.

Map: Palestinian Loss of Land 1946-2000

The shrinking map of Palestine

Interactive map of Palestine villages destroyed in Nakba
Interactive map that allows you to see information about any of the more than 400 Palestinian cities, towns and villages depopulated and destroyed during the Nakba — the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist and later Israeli forces from late 1947 into 1948.

Nakba day: we waited 63 years for this
Like the rest of the Arab people who have taken their fate into their own hands — and in doing so provided lessons and models in the meaning of democracy and citizenship to the rest of the world for years to come — the Palestinians have demonstrated, quite perfectly and with great courage, what it is to be fully human, and how to hold on to one’s humanity in spite of more than six decades of violent oppression.

Obama’s speech to AIPAC affirms commitment to Israel and US policies that doom it
Palestinians “west of the Jordan River” are not interlopers or intruders. They are indigenous people of the country. Instead of searching for ways for Israel to escape them by gerrymandering a bantustan, Obama should be calling for full and equal rights, nothing less.

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