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AAPER Palestine Film Festival

April 8-10, 2011

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

From April 8th to April 10th, 2011, Pittsburgh area residents will join Americans in more than 25 cities throughout the United States hosting the Palestine Film Festival, sponsored by the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER).  The Pittsburgh Palestine Film Festival, which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh by Students for Justice in Palestine, will showcase films about Palestine to educate Americans about the situation there.  The Festival offers citizens of Pittsburgh a unique and entertaining opportunity to engage with one of the most pressing issues of our day.

LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Friday, April 8th

Graduate School of Public Health, G23
University of Pittsburgh

5:30 pm - Excerpt from "My Name is Rachel Corrie"
6: 00 pm - Salt of This Sea

Saturday, April 9th

Wesley Posvar Hall, Room 1500

5:00 pm - One Family in Gaza
5:30 pm - Witness from Gaza: Mazen Naim
5:45 pm - Something to Prove
Break
6:30 pm - Private

Sunday, April 10th

Wesley Posvar Hall, Room 1500

12:00 pm - With God On Our Side
2:00 pm - Salt of This Sea

 

Opening the festival on Friday, April 8th is actress Courtney Day Nassar with an excerpt from the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie", followed by SALT OF THIS SEA (Official Selection at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival), a romantic drama about a working-class woman her experiences traveling home to Palestine (directed by Annemarie Jacir, Palestine, 2008). 

On Saturday, April 9th, two short films will turn the Festival's focus to the Gaza Strip.  SOMETHING TO PROVE - FROM GAZA TO THE U.S.A. follows 15 boys from the Gaza Strip on their first trip out of Gaza, to the United States (directed by Johan Eriksson, Gaza, 2011).  ONE FAMILY IN GAZA tells the story of the Awajah family, exposing the larger tragedy of Gaza and the courage and resilience of its people (directed by Jen Marlowe, USA, 2011).  The films will be supplemented by an eyewitness account from Mazen Naim, a Pitt GSPIA student from Gaza who will shed light on the conditions of life in the most densely populated, largest open-air prison in the world. This will be followed by a screening of PRIVATE, a feature film that follows a Palestinian family that are confined as their home is commandeered by Israeli soldiers (directed by Saverio Costanzo, Italy, 2004). 

The Festival will conclude on Sunday, April 10th, with a screening of WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE, a documentary that examines what Christian Zionism teaches and, more importantly, the real implications it has on the people of the Middle East (directed by Porter Speakman, Jr., USA, 2010), followed by a second screening of SALT OF THIS SEA.

The Palestine Film Festival will (a) raise awareness about the situation in Palestine among Americans who will attend and sponsor the Festival and (b) raise funds for AAPER's "I’m an American for Palestine" advertising campaign to take place in Spring 2011. 

While admission is free to all screenings, donations will be accepted at the door or at http://palestinefilmfestival.eventbrite.com

 

 

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Recent Events

OCTOBER 2010

 

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MONTHLY PALESTINE FILM SCREENING

"THE LEMON TREE"

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THURS OCT 28, 8:45PM

POSVAR HALL 1501

This is the second of Students for Justice in Palestine's monthly film screenings this school year.

THE LEMON TREE

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Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma‘s trees pose a threat to the Minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees.

Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense minister’s wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma’s legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive.


 

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NOVEMBER 2010

 

DANA

Israel's Apartheid Wall and the Fight to Stop it
-Anarchists Against the Wall
with Joseph Dana

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5
5:30 PM

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
David Lawrence Hall Room 121

(event time and room subject to change)


Joseph Dana is a writer and filmmaker living in Jerusalem. He has two Master’s degrees in Jewish History, one from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one from the Central European University in Budapest. Dana’s work focuses on the Palestinian unarmed resistence movements throughout the West Bank and the impact of Israel’s occupation on Palestinian life. He often draws on his knowledge of Jewish history to understand Israel’s current political/social situation and relationship to the Palestinians in the longue duree of the Jewish people. He is a contributing editor of the Israeli web magazine +972 and assists the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee. Dana is active in Israeli direct action groups such as Taayush and the Anarchists Against the Wall.

 

 

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I Heart Hamas:

And Other Things I’m Afraid To Tell You

A Tragicomedy

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Weaving together humor, slides, pop culture references and live theatre, writer/performer Jennifer Jajeh stars in this one-woman show based on her experiences as a first-generation, Palestinian American woman who chooses to return to her parents' hometown of Ramallah.

Join her on American and Palestinian soil on auditions, bad dates, and across military checkpoints as she navigates the thorny terrain around Palestinian identity.

“I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid To Tell You”, recognized by NYTheatre.com as “a fascinating look into a world we don’t often see or hear about,” made its world premiere in August 2008 as a part of New York’s International Fringe Festival. Following strong media praise and audience reception, the play was a smash-hit in San Francisco where it ran for 12 weeks in Fall 2009, continuing onto Minneapolis and Chicago for 6 weeks in Spring 2010.

Jennifer Jajeh: Writer & Performer

Jennifer Jajeh is a San Francisco based artist. As an actor, she has appeared in numerous film, television, commercial and theatre productions. She received her actor’s training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Conservatory in NYC and the American Conservatory Theatre in SF. “I Heart Hamas”, her first solo show, opened to acclaim in NYC and SF is currently touring the US in 2010.

In addition to her work as an actor, she has produced and directed award winning independent film and video projects. Her two short films, “In My Own Skin” and “Fruition”, have screened nationally and internationally in film festivals, museums, art galleries and universities.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2010

MOCK ISRAELI CHECKPOINT ACTION

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SEPT 28, 2010 5:30 PM

More than 500 illegal Israeli checkpoints are littered throughout the West Bank, making lives for Palestinians a living hell! These checkpoints do not separate Palestinians from Israelis, instead, they separate Palestinians from Palestinians, preventing them from reaching their schools, their homes, their hospitals, and their farmlands.

Join us for a recreation of one of these checkpoints, to remind our fellow Pittsburgh commuters of this travesty. Bring signs, military garb, or just yourselves.

This will be a legal action by the way

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Islamophobia Production and the Palestine-Israel Conflict
with Dr. Hatem Bazian!



Lecture
Thursday, April 15, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Graduate School of Public Health Auditorium G23
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA


Flyer here: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2692/4464974077_a896788606_o.png

Dr. Hatem Bazian, received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. Dr. Bazian between 2002-2007, also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to Berkeley, Dr. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. In Spring 2009, Dr. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims.

Dr. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual, a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people; rather than looking down from the ivory tower. Dr. Bazian's published book, Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness, is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the Sacred City and Palestine in general. Currently, Dr. Bazian is working on two books, Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley; and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. Bazian most recent publication is a chapter contribution in French on Islamophobia and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia covering the HR under the Palestinian Authority.

As an activist, Dr. Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California, American With Disabilities Act, Anti-Apartheid, Anti-Globalization Movement, and Central American Solidarity struggles.

Dr. Bazian worked as Editor in Chief of Discourse Magazine, a monthly progressive publication in SF and post 9-11, co-hosted “Islam Today,” a 94.1 KPFA, KBFB in Berkeley and KFCF in Fresno weekly radio magazine show covering Islam and its diverse people around the world. Since September 11, he has appeared in many TV and Radio interviews, offered frequent commentary on current affairs and is a regular consultant for the San Francisco Chronicle on stories relating to Palestine, the Arab world, Islam, Muslims and world politics.

 

Monthly Palestine Film Series
EVERY Third Thursday, 8:30PM

January 21-- WPU Ballroom-- Film: Bil'in Habibti

February 18-- WPU Kurtzman Room-- Film TBA

March 18-- WPU Kurtzman Room-- Film TBA

Click HERE for Calendar of Events

 

PALESTINE Israel and the U.S. Empire

Mon, March 1, 8:30pm
Posvar Hall, Room 1500 - University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by ANSWER Coalition - Pittsburgh with Students for
Justice in Palestine.


Talk and discussion with author Richard Becker

This book provides a sharp analysis of the struggle for Palestine—from the division of the Middle East by Western powers and the Zionist settler movement, to the founding of Israel and its role as a watchdog for U.S. interests, to present-day
conflicts and the prospects for a just resolution.

The narrative is firmly rooted in the politics of Palestinian liberation. Here is a necessary contribution to the heroic efforts of the Palestinian people to achieve justice in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Join us for a presentation and discussion that will interest both long-term Palestinian rights activists and those who are new to understanding the issue.

“Becker foregrounds what others usually set aside: the integral role of U.S. imperialism, with the Zionist State as an essential partner.”
—Joel Kovel, author, “Overcoming Zionism”

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Israeli apartheid and Palestinian popular resistance

with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh


Mazin Qumsiyeh, Human Rights Activist, currently teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in Occupied Palestine. He is president of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG)*

*Dr. Qumsiyeh has written several books including the highly acclaimed, Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle and has served on the faculties of several universities. He has also served on the boards and steering committees of groups including the Peace Action Education Fund, the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation, the Palestinian American Congress, the Association for One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, and BoycottIsraeliGoods.org.
Professor Qumsiyeh published over 200 letters and 100 op-ed pieces and has been interviewed on several TV and radio programs.

Appearances in national media include the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He also regularly lectures on issues of human rights and international law. He is currently working on a book on Palestinian civil resistance from the beginning of the Zionist project in the 19th century until today. His website is: http://qumsiyeh.org.

Sponsors include: Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, U of Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine,

 

BE STEEL MY BEATING HEART (Or Love & Haiti)
A Celebration of Nontraditional Romance

Benefit for Haiti

FEBRUARY 13, SATURDAY, 2010

Variety show 8PM-11PM
5 minutes or less--sing dance act drag poet skit pontificate
call ETTA 412-802-8575 or email JONAS joeskillet@riseup.net TO SIGN UP!

OPERATION SAPPHO-- QUEER DANCE PARTY
11PM-2AM

$5-10 sliding scale
$4 if u r wearing something fabu-less
$3 if u perform

organized by RECTL- Revolting Enthusiastic Creators for Total LIberation
and Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine

 

MEMORIALIZE THE GAZA DEAD!
VIGIL DECEMBER 31, 4 – 6 PM
FEDERAL BUILDING, DOWNTOWN, PITTSBURGH, PA

JANUARY 14, 5:45PM--- University of Pittsburgh. Hillman Library

Sponsors include: Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, Students for Justice in Palestine, and many more to come...

One Year Anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead” Attacks on Gaza
On 27 December 2008, without warning, Israeli forces began a devastating bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip codenamed Operation “Cast Lead”. Its stated aim was to end rocket attacks into Israel by armed groups affiliated with Hamas and other Palestinian factions. However, the Israeli attack targeted civilians, school, universities, mosques, factories, and farms.

By 18 January 2009 some 1,400 Palestinians had been killed, a third of them children, and large areas of Gaza had been razed to the ground. To this date, and in spite of a massive world outcry against Israel’s murderous assault, not one Israeli government official or military personnel has been brought to justice.

Israel continues to receive full support from President Barak Obama, and the U. S. Congress, even though the UN Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have demanded a full investigation into Israel’s conduct during its latest war.

Gaza remains devastated

On Thursday, December 31, the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee and others will join hundreds of groups worldwide to memorialize Israel’s latest war victims with a reading of the names of the dead, along with a visual presentation of Gaza today.

We plan to vigil outside the Federal Building on First Night, between 4 and 6PM.

Your support is needed

Please consider organizational support to the vigil by having your organization endorse and encourage all to attend.

 

 

 

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS

October 23-25, University of Pittsburgh

FALL CAMPUS TOUR TO TOUCH DOWN AT UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Build the Boycott & Divestment Movement in Pittsburgh

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is partnering with Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine and Pitt Students for Radical Liberation to hold a conference at the University of Pittsburgh on campus boycott & divestment.  There is a growing consensus that boycott and divestment are the best nonviolent strategies to bring human rights for all and an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian people and land. 

Please join us for panel discussions on the question of Israeli apartheid, skill-building workshops, and strategy sessions.

REGISTER HERE

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AGENDA:

BDS Conference at Pitt
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions  Against Israel



October 23-25, 2009
Friday, Saturday and Sunday



Hosted by:
Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine
In participation with:
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation,
Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine,
and Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee



Email SJP at: sjp.pitt@gmail.com

What is BDS???

Boycott, divestment and sanctions are nonviolent tools that were successfully employed to bring justice to South Africans. Now a global movement of students, labor unions, and churches is using these same tools to bring equality to Palestinians and Israelis.

Almost daily, we hear about another successful campaign where a company or group has decided to divest from Israel. Recently, Britain’s unions committed to a mass boycott movement of Israeli goods, the Brazilian Parliament Called for the freeze of the Israel - Mercosur Free Trade Agreement, and the French company, Veolia, pulled out of the light rail project that would connect illegal Israeli settlements to Jerusalem.

Join us in strengthening the BDS movement in the region by attending this very important conference!


DIVEST FROM ISRAELI APARTHEID!

Agenda
for BDS Conference, University of Pittsburgh
October 23-25, 2009

Friday October 23rd

7 PM- 9 PM Opening Cultural Night


with Remi Kanazi -- Palestinian-American poet and writer based in New York City. He is the editor of the recently released collection of poetry, spoken word, hip hop, and art, “Poets For Palestine.”

David Lawrence Hall Room 120


Saturday October 24

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
BDS Skill-Building Workshops


(all workshops and plenary sessions will be in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, please register for further details)

10:00-10:30 AM – Welcome & Introductory Plenary (Cathedral of Learning 204)

10:45 AM -12:00 PM – Workshop A
The International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement / Connecting with Palestinian Activists (Cathedral 204)
or
 How to Research Corporations Involved in Israeli Occupation and Apartheid (Cathedral 206)

12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch Break, lunch will be provided to conference participants (Cathedral 236 and 237)


1:15-2:30 PM – Workshop B
How to Research Your University's Investments (Cathedral 204)
or
Creative Arts in Activism (Cathedral 206)

2:45-4:00 PM – Workshop C
Media 101 (Cathedral 236)
or
Academic and Cultural Boycotts (Cathedral 237)

4:15-4:45 PM – Debrief & Announcements in Plenary (Cathedral 204)


Sunday October 25th
10 AM - 3 PM:  Campaign Planning and Action Steps     (David Lawrence Hall 207)

10:00 AM -12:00 PM – Workshop report backs and ongoing workshops (David Lawrence 207)

12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch on your own

1:00-3:00 PM – Strategic planning session, come together to plan campaigns using skills from workshops (David Lawrence 209)

3:00-3:30 PM– Evaluation and closing (David Lawrence 209)

3:30-7:00 PM - Actions...and Dinner on your own


7:00 - 9:00 PM


Theatrical production of My Name is Rachel Corrie
CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING ROOM G8


CLICK HERE FOR FREE REGISTRATION TO BDS CONFERENCE

 

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Three G20-Related-Actions and Events

Revolting Enthusiastic Creators for Total Liberation! (RECTL)
A Cabaret of Creative Resistance!
September 24th Thursday 7 pm sharp!



Public Health Auditorium/Pitts Campus-Oakland
Corner of 5th and Desota- Between Bouquet and Atwood with a big sculpture of a man out front with outstretched arms.

Profound Poetics! Political Satire! Uplifiting Affirmations! Serious wit!
Spoken Word! Songs! Dance! Expressions! Motivational Speakers!

forward please!

RECTL PRESENTS:
-- Terry Vanween and Annie Danger! Coming from a hotbed of RECTL activity in the Bay Area, this the dynamic duo boasts inspirational Advances, high tech pronunciations and more wildly effective metaphors then you can shake a nightstick at!
Come prepared for personal growth. www.anniedanger.webs.com

--Vermin Supreme - long time presidential candidate hailing from New England. Vermin is the Friendly Fascist - the tyrant you can trust. Let him run your life because he knows whats best for you! Vermin ran for president last year and recieved 43 votes!
http://www.zerohits.com/vermin/vermin1.html

--David Rovicks - He's gonna FOLK shit up! ha ha. He's from the west too.

--Steel City's own, Andrea Chiotti will sing most all the countries in the world in alphabetical order

--Hear the pontification of the profound poet, the High Priestess Bekezela Mguni!

--Another rustbelt regular, Cybil Disobediance threatens to do dramatic readings of Crass Songs

--Shy Sly has promised to dazzle us with dance and colorfull costumes.

--Iron city's celebrated sprocket scientist, tENTATIVELY a, cONVENIENCE will show the latest 6 minute documentary about terrorists and the local TV news

--Grace Keller connects New Orleans with Stillers Country

AND YOU? Where you at??
Looking for performers!
5 minutes or less
Theme - Resistance/Total Liberation
Think short set up time.

Call or email etta to sign up. 412-802-8575
mostpeople.etc@gmail.com

 

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STAND FOR PALESTINE

Friday September 25, 11AM

Vigil and Feeder March to the "People's March"

Meet us at Forbes Ave and Bigelow at 11:00AM

This is a permitted march. Bring signs and music and solidarity!

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NoLogo- A Benefit for the G20-Resistance-Legal-Fund

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 9PM-2AM

songs of social significance---

A Benefit for the G20 Resistance Legal Fund


Had enough of global "elites" taking over your city, making behind closed door plans for the fate of you and the rest of the world?

Sick of your civil liberties getting smashed by the same people fueling the fires of war, occupation, apartheid, environmental devastation, resource depletion, and poverty?

Want to help your friends who've been struggling to amplify the voices of the marginalized, friends that the uniformed cowards placed behind concrete and steel for utilizing their right to free speech and assembly?

Then come and get your groove on with some amazing music and raise some money for their legal funds!

NoLogo -songs of social significance
A Benefit for the G20 Resistance Legal Fund

with
David Rovics
Chaibaba
Machete
Jenny Jihad

$5-$10

 

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Active member with Students for Justice in Palestine currently in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

SEE HER BLOG HERE

Date:
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Time:
4:45pm - 6:00pm
Location:
20th Century Club
Street:
4201 BIGELOW BOULEVARD 15213
City/Town:
Pittsburgh, PA

 

A student and Palestinian-led workshop with a focus on Israel's occupation and apartheid policies in Palestine, and the international boycott and divestment movement...

This workshop is part of The Peoples’ Summit, a program of informed dialogue about the economic, social and political problems facing the world, will take place from Saturday, September 19 to Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at several locations in the city of Pittsburgh. Saturday’s conference and Tuesday evening’s events will take place at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland, and Monday evening’s program will take place at the New Hazlett Theatre on the North Side.

Some of the speakers confirmed for the summit are:

* Howard Zinn
* Walden Bello
* James Quilligan
* Tim Stevens
* State Senator Jim Ferlo
* Carl Redwood
* Molly Rush
* Anthony Arnove
* Jeremy Scahill

For full schedule follow:
http://www.peoplessummit.com/page/full-schedule

For more on the Peoples Summit, follow:
http://www.peoplessummit.com/home


Saturday’s conference and Tuesday evening’s events will take place at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland, and Monday evening’s program will take place at the New Hazlett Theatre on the North Side.

 

THURSDAY JULY 30 10:00 PM

Thursday July 30, 2009
10pm-2am



DJ James Gyre

Leslie Addis

Man in the Street

Alberto J. Almarza

Live Art
A Monster Raffle
Middle eastern food
and a lot more

$10-20
with no one turned away for lack'o funds

Shadow Lounge
5972 baum blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15206


for more info, call 412-583-5062

 

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- Join the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine, and members of the community for our weekly
"Stand for Palestine."


Schedule:

DATES AND LOCALES (Every Thursday 5:30 PM):

-July 9 East Liberty Presebyterian Church, Penn Ave at Highland Ave

- July 16- New Children's Hospital- Penn Ave @Main St

- July 23- Squirrel Hill- Forbes Ave @Murray Ave

- July 30- Trader Joe's - East End Plaza. Penn Ave


- Aug 6- Forbes Ave @ Morewood Ave, Carnegie Mellon University Intersection

-Aug 13- Hilton Hotel, Downtown at the tail end of Liberty Ave

-Aug 20- Forbes Ave at Bigelow Blvd, University of Pittsburgh

- Aug 27- Forbes Ave at Bigelow Blvd, University of Pittsburgh

- 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza have been under a debilitating military siege for the past two years, creating a "surrealistic situation in the Gaza Strip" forcing the tiny piece of land back to the Middle Ages, according to Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Karen Abu Zayd.

- On July 3, 2009, in an act of piracy, Israeli forces kidnapped 21 passengers on board a boat of the Free Gaza Movement--A human rights group that in August 2008 sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years. Their mission is to break the siege of Gaza and to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip. Former US Congreewoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire were on the boat and are still in an Israeli prison.

-Learn more about what President Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela have called "Worse than Apartheid South Africa" at Stand for Palestine

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SATURDAY JULY 18 8:00 PM

Pittsburgh Presents Palestine:

A Night of Poetry, Plays & Performances



PITTSBURGH, PA: On Saturday, July 18 and 8pm, local peace and justice groups will showcase for the public the upcoming event, "Pittsburgh Presents Palestine: A Night of Poetry, Plays & Performances." This is a limited, one-night engagement at Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre in the Cultural District of Downtown Pittsburgh.

The evening will consist of poetry readings of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, a premier performance of "Palindrome" by Pittsburgh playwright, Jonas Moffat, an encore performance of Caryl Churchill’s "Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza," and an eyewitness photo show set to live music by local musician and artist, Alberto Almarza, and more!

This evening of collected art forms serves as a benefit to help send local activists to Palestine to work with human rights groups.  A reception will follow compliments of Allegro Hearth Bakery.

Pittsburgh Playwright's Theatre is located at 540 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222 in the Cultural District.  Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

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MOCK ISRAELI CHECKPOINT ACTION (weekly)

Please join the e-mail list to find out which location we will be at next by emailing: joeskillet@riseup.net


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Don't you just hate it when you are coming home from work and the military has blocked the roads between your school/home/hospitals, your produce rots in the sun, the patients in your ambulance are forced to wait in pain before receiving treatment, and you have to divert to a route that takes hours to get to your destination instead of minutes?!

Well, it probably doesn't happen much to you in the U.S. But it happens everyday in the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian Territories...

So.....

Let's show these Pittsburgh commuters what it's like to be held up at one of Israel's 600 illegal checkpoints!!!

Our last action at at Forbes and Craig was amazing! Lots of engagement with passersby, lots of information handed out, chanting and added props. Like the checkpoint monstrosities in Occupied Palestine, this checkpoint keeps getting bigger...Similar to Israel's roaming checkpoints that are constructed on Occupied Palestinian land, this checkpoint action will continue to roam as we hit different locations each week in and around Oakland. Note that Wednesday will be the new day for this weekly action- every week at 5:30pm. Feel free to dress the part-- soldier garb with toy guns encouraged.

Like with our previous actions, this will be a non-arrestable action. At no point do we hold up traffic- so feel free to join us! The feedback has been amazing, including people getting out of their cars to join the demonstration, and Rustbelt Radio doing a news story on the mock checkpoints. Many people I know have said they heard the news report and that they will join in on the actions.

So, as the weather gets nicer, and the rain is pushed away by sunshine (for now), join the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee and Students for Justice in Palestine this Wednesday for the next mock Israeli checkpoint!

I Witness Gaza
-a night of arts and eyewitness accounts from Gaza


Wednesday, April 22, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm
First Unitarian Church, Shadyside
605 Morewood Ave at Ellsworth

Event includes:

-A book reading by Lora Gordon, a Jewish American who has spent over a year in the Gaza Strip

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Eyewitness accounts from Regina Birchem, past president of Women’s Interntional League for Peace and Freedom

-A reading of Seven Jewish Children, a 10-minute play written in response to the Gaza massacres

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Plus a Short film screening by Palestinian American video artist Edward Salem

Sponsored by: The Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee, Middle East Peace Forum, Codepink Piitsburgh, Coalition for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Muslim Student Association, Women’s Interntional League for Peace and Freedom 

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DAM!

Palestinian Hip Hop at CMU Thursday April 9

Palestinian hip hop at CMU Thursday April 9

BENEFIT CONCERT for GAZA!

--WHEN: Thursday, April 9th. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7:00 show
--WHERE: McConomy, in the University Center at Carnegie Mellon University
--WHO: DAM, a Palestinian Hip-Hop Band


--$5 tickets available at the Info Desk. All proceeds go to UNWRA, a relief fund for humanitarian aid in Gaza. See the attached flyer for more information.

DAM is an internationally acclaimed Palestinian Hip-Hop group. They're a cultural phenomenon, mixing a musical backdrop of Arabic drumbeats and electric hip hop rhythms. This will be an awesome concert, and an excellent way to help donate towards supporting humanitarian aid in Gaza.

Invite all your friends, and don't miss out! 

 

 

On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist, was murdered by the Israeli army when she was deliberately run over by a military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Join us as we commemorate her life with the production of:


My Name is Rachel Corrie
Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie
Edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner


 

Sponsored by Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Students Association, Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee,
OPTICS (Organizing Pittsburgh to Increase Community Solidarity), CodePink Pittsburgh Chapter,Thomas Merton Center's Antiwar Committee
the Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians, International Solidarity Movement- Pittsburgh Chapter

 

 

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Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall

North American Speaking-Tour

Anarchists Against the Wall is a direct action group that fights against Israeli apartheid and oppression in all its forms, most recently also the atrocities in Gaza. For five years the group has waged a constant struggle against Israel's Wall. The work on the ground in the West Bank, alongside the Palestinian popular movement is breaking new ground in the joint struggle for Palestinian liberation. In December 2008, Anarchists Against the Wall and the Bil'in Village Committee were jointly awarded the prestigious Carl von Ossietzky Medal---an award given annually by the Berlin-based International League of Human Rights, named after German Nobel Peace Prize winner Carl von Ossietzky who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Now more than ever, it is critical to support the Israeli resistance movement against the state's attempted repression of our work. Members of Anarchists Against the Wall continually pay the price for our activism, including being shot, beaten, arrested and indicted. We desperately need funding for legal support for both Palestinian and Israeli activists who are arrested and charged in the course of the struggle.

Schachaf Polakow, a member of Anarchists Against the Wall, will be touring the U.S. and Canada from February 1st to March 9th. His presentation will include film and photos, and will focus both on AATW's recent work in solidarity with Gaza and our ongoing work in the West Bank. Please see the tour schedule below, and help us get the word out. A highlight of the tour is bound to be a special evening with Noam Chomsky at Harvard Square, February 17th.

For more information questions about the tour, please email aatwtour@gmail.com. 

 

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ISRAEL/PALESTINE as a SHARED HOMELAND

With David A. Wesley, Ph.D.

Author of:
State Practices and Zionist Images:
Shaping Economic Development in Arab Towns in Israel

Monday, March 2, 8:00 p.m. –
Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union




We hear much about Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza. Dr. David A. Wesley looks at policies toward Arab Israeli citizens living in Israel. Wesley is an American-born Israeli citizen who lived and worked in a kibbutz for thirty years. He began to question the historic premise for why the former Palestinian owners of the land, displaced in 1948, were now the day laborers hired to pick the fruit in kibbutz orchards.

Engaged in study at Tel Aviv University, he launched an investigation of the relationship between Jewish and Arab towns in the Zipporit industrial area near Nazareth between 1992 and 1997. During this time, the Israeli Ministry of Industry was instituting a program of industrial development in that area. What Wesley observed was that industrial development of Jewish towns was promoted, while development in Arab centers was denied.

Wesley observes that in recent years, Arab towns have become involved in the planning process and are more actively articulating their demands for inclusion. He asks, “Might these efforts offer hope for a future in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims come to be incorporated as equal citizens, in law and practice, in a single national project?”

He and his wife, Elana, live in a mixed Arab-Jewish neighborhood in Jaffa, which is greatly to their liking.

Sponsored by Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME), Muslim Students Association, Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee,
Pittsburgh Jews for Peace, OPTICS (Organizing Pittsburgh to Increase Community Solidarity,
the Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians, International Solidarity Movement- Pittsburgh Chapter

 

 

Boycott and Protest Batsheva Dance Company

Click HERE for more info

Date
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Benedum center, downtown pittsburgh
City/Town:
Pittsburgh, PA

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MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE

Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31

Friday, February 6 & Saturday, February 7

An encore, limited-engagement performance of the hit Off-Broadway play.

 

On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American,

was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home.

 

My Name is Rachel Corrie is composed from Rachel Corrie’s own journals, letters, and e-mails,

creating a portrait of a passionate young woman who left the safety of her home and school in Washington state to work as an

activist in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

Performances will be at 8 PM

Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31

Friday, February 6 & Saturday, February 7

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Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians
Memoirs of NonViolent Resistance


Katie Miranda and Jonas Moffat have spent several years in Palestine working with the International Solidarity Movement in support of the Palestinian non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation.

Jonas, a Pittsburgh native, and Katie, an Israeli-American, worked mainly in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of the city of Hebron, an area in the West Bank under Israeli military control where violent and extremist Israeli settlers live side-by-side with Palestinians. Palestinians in the neighborhood suffer greatly from the apartheid system of law that prevents them from driving cars (including taxis and ambulances). Civilian Israeli settlers are allowed to carry weapons, while Palestinians are not. The police and army in control of this neighborhood are Israeli only, meaning they do not come to the assistance of Palestinians.

Katie and Jonas founded the Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians in response to the abuse and harassment they witnessed by settlers and soldiers towards Palestinians. Jonas and Katie performed a circus routine at checkpoints in Tel Rumeida where Palestinians were routinely detained for hours by soldiers and border police. The purpose of the performances were to entertain the detained men and to add some humor to the situation which had the effect of putting the soldiers in a better mood and causing them to be less abusive towards the Palestinians.

Katie and Jonas will share their experiences in Palestine, show a documentary video from Tel Rumeida, and perform their fire circus routine if possible.


Katie's Blog: moomin13.livejournal.com/
Jonas' Blog: joeskillet.livejournal.com/ 

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Hope Under Siege

Opening Reception Friday January 9, 8PM

Pittsburgh to Palestine Photo Exhibit

WHERE: Kimbo Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, First Floor of William Pitt Union

WHEN: Opening Reception with live music, poetry, food, and so much more:
Opening Reception: Jan 9, 2009 8:00PM

Exhibit runs from Jan. 9-19, 2009

EXHIBIT EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

Hope Under Siege Photo Exhibit- Flyer

May 2008 marked the 60th anniversary of what Palestinians call the “Nakba.” It is a date engrained into the minds of every Palestinian, everywhere. The translation means the “Catastrophe,” because three quarters of a million Palestinian women, men, and children were expelled from their homes, massacred ensued, and 531 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed for what was to become the state of Israel.

For the 60 years of Israel’s existence, Palestinians have been refused the right to return to their homes. Palestinians remain the largest refugee population in the world. Many continue to see the uprooting of their trees, the demolition of their homes, the building of apartheid walls, confiscation of their farmland, and the murder of their family members and friends by the Israeli army.

Jonas Moffat is a student at Pitt who lived and volunteered as a human rights worker in Palestine for two years. He traveled to Palestine to witness and document what is happening on the ground in order to amplify the voices of the marginalized Palestinians and spread the truth through eyewitness accounts of life under occupation, of a hope that is under siege.

Please join Students for Justice in Palestine as they reveal Jonas' photographs from Occupied Palestine. Hear eyewitness accounts from Palestinians and Pittsburghers who have seen and experienced life under the gun. View the scenes of hope and the images of despair. Share the truth with the world about 60 years of dispossession and a hope that refuses to perish.

Enjoy Palestinian music with live oud performances, Palestinian poetry, spoken word, and munchies courtesy of Allegro Hearth Bakery-- at the opening reception on Friday, January 9th, 2009.

Browse the exhibit down the hallway between sets. Meet with the photographer and chat with Palestinians and local activists who have witnessed life under occupation in Palestine.

Hope Under Siege is sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Student Association, The Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, the International Solidarity Movement, The Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians, OPTICS (Organizing Pittsburgh to Increase Community Solidarity), and many more!

HOPE UNDER SIEGE runs from January 9-19, 2009

For more information, contact: Jonas: joeskillet@riseup.net

STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE:
http://www.pitt.edu/~sorc/pittsjp/

JONAS IN PALESTINE BLOG:

http://joeskillet.livejournal.com

From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!

 

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Drought, Settlements, the Wall

A Presentation on Israel's Systematic Violation of Palestinians' Human Right to Water
With Susan Koppelman, LifeSource co-founder

2 Dates!!

Wednesday December 3, 7:30PM
First Unitarian Church, Shadyside
605 Morewood Avenue, at the corner of Ellsworth Ave

Thursday, December 4, 7:30PM
University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning Room 232

drought

Presentation will feature screening of LifeSource documentary, "We, the Women of Jayyous"--the story of an individual Palestinian village's resistance to confiscated wells and Israeli industrial waste.

Come meet LifeSource co-founder Susan Koppelman, learn about the situation of Palestinians suffering acute water shortages due to Israeli policies, and reflect on some examples of water campaigns that LifeSource is supporting at the grassroots level as a strategic means for securing Palestinian water rights and ending the illegal Israeli Occupation.

www.LifeSource.ps

Drought, Settlements, the Wall is being sponsored by Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine and co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association (Pitt), the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, and the Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians.

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Witness in the Holy Land:
Palestinian Christians Under Occupation
with Maria Khoury, Ed. D.



Tuesday, November 11
8:30 PM
University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning Room 244A


The newly reconstituted Students for Justice in Palestine at Pitt is pleased to sponsor "Witness in the Holy Land: Palestinian Christians Under Occupation.

On Tuesday, November 11, Dr. Maria Khoury will speak at the University of Pittsburgh. The event is entitled, "Witness in the Holy Land: Palestinian Christians Under Occupation."

Maria Khoury, Ed. D. is the author of Christian children's books and Witness in the Holy Land, a publication reflecting personal experiences under Israeli military occupation. She and her husband, the Honorable Mayor David Khoury, have helped boost the Palestinian economy with investments in the Palestinian beer, "Taybeh," and in fair trade bottling of Taybeh Olive Oil.

Witness in the Holy Land is being sponsored by Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine and co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association (Pitt), the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, and the Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians.

 

VIGIL FOR PALESTINE

Hillman Library. Oakland

Although Israel's massacre in Gaza has ceased, the Illegal Siege and Brutal Occupation

of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank continues.

Come Stand in Solidarity with the people of Palestine and make their voices heard!



WHERE: Corner of Forbes and Bigelow, near the Hillman Library

WHEN: EVERY Thursday, 5pm

Bring candles, Palestinian flags, pictures, and leaflets as we share with the folks at rush hour the truth about what is happening in Occupied Palestine!

 

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THESE EVENTS WILL RESUME IN FALL SEMESTER.

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FILM SERIES

Weekly Palestine Film Series
EVERY Tuesday, 7:00PM
WESLEY W. POSVAR HALL 5405

Last showing of Spring 2009 Semester: "Wall", April 7

Past Films Shown

March 3:

Divine Intervention

a 2002 film by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, which may be described as a surreal black comedy. The film consists largely of a series of brief interconnected sketches, but for the most part records a day in the life of a Palestinian living in Nazareth, whose girlfriend lives several checkpoints away in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Feb. 10
THE KILLING ZONE

We will show a film every Tuesday, same time/same place, every Tuesday thereafter.

Dispatches reporter Sandra Jordan and producer Rodrigo Vasquez risk their lives to reveal the shocking level of daily violence and murderous hate in the Gaza Strip.

An American peace activist was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer; a British peace protester was shot in the head by an IDF sniper and remains in a coma; and last weekend, a British cameraman was shot dead by the IDF.

Within hours of arriving Sandra and Rodrigo are shot at and tear-gassed by Israeli troops breaking up a memorial service for Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist crushed by an Israeli Army bulldozer two days before.
 

Broadcast Channel 4  - 05/19/06 Runtime 49 Minutes

NEXT WEEK:
February 17 and 24, 7pm
"Occupation 101"