Upcoming Actions And Events
BAWIB Presents "A Woman's View from Palestine: West Bank and Gaza, 2012"
Report-back by Marsha Carlton, Tuesday May 28, 2013, 7-9 PM
Cafe Lounge, La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Marsha Carlton is a member of Friends of Sabeel-Sacramento Region, the Davis Committee for Palestinian Rights, and a past member of the BAWIB Steering Committee. Marsha will report on her second trip to Palestine sponsored by Interfaith Peacebuilders. In addition to participating in the annual olive harvest in the West Bank, Marsha was part of a delegation to Gaza that included Cindy and Craig Corrie. While in Gaza, Marsha and the delegation met with the family of Ahmed Abu Dakka, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who was killed by an Israeli bullet while playing soccer in front of his home. Come join us for Marsha's slide presentation and discussion, including time for Q and A. Palestinian olive oil and olives will be available for purchase.
Ongoing: BAY AREA WOMEN IN BLACK TAKE TO THE STREET!
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WE NEED EACH OF YOU TO JOIN US.
Since April 7, 2007, Bay Area Women in Black has been standing vigil in front of the Grand Lake Theater every Saturday, from 12-1 with banners and signs, offering visible opposition to both the U.S. Occupation of Iraq and the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Please come join us any Saturday.
We are all increasingly alarmed at the dishonest explanations for the U.S. military expansion in Iraq, the growing possibility of an invasion into Iran, increasing political corruption, torture and other forms of collective punishment, the destruction of houses and agricultural lands, expulsions and illegal imprisonment. Similar concerns exist as the Israeli government and military continue to expropriate Palestinian land and water, demolish homes and create an disparate road system, engaging in practices that dishonor international law, . These actions intensify an on-going loss of Iraqi and Palestinian life, livelihood and hope. In addition to their illegality, the policies employed in Israel and Iraq fail to bring peace or security to anyone.
WE NEED EACH OF YOU TO JOIN US as we use the powerful presence of our vigil to bring attention to the costs, political, economic and moral, of these two occupations that increasingly resemble each other. It is no longer simply enough to be educated about the issues or to agree with progressive writers and thinkers. With increasingly aggressive war language, monies spent, lives lost, and scarce efforts to engage honest dialogue, visible action is required. Bay Area Women in Black urges an aroused citizenry to be on the streets. Every single week. We must insist that the Congress and Senate fulfill their duty to represent their constituents. All of us, including Jews and allies, who insist that peace and justice are possible, must counter those who use name-calling and heated rhetoric. We can show that dialogue is the way forward and speaking out is necessary.
Letters of Solidarity:
BAWIB invites you to submit letters of support and solidarity to the peace and justice activists in Israel, Palestine and Lebanon struggling so hard to be heard. Women around the world have been exchanging these since the start of the Lebanon invasion. We invite you to add your words and thoughts and BAWIB will forward them. At a time where the voices of peace, justice and dialogue are being drowned out in the madness of Israeli revenge and massive retaliation against the citizens of Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon, it is all the more important to support the women who take strength from the tangible reminders of our connection, solidarity and commitment to a global movement for peace, justice and a future for all our peoples. See BAWIB's Statement of Solidarity and send your thoughts and support.