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Santa Cruz WILPF meeting with Dalit Baum (3/15)

Tuesday, March 15
7:00pm
Quaker Meeting House
225 Rooney St, Santa Cruz

GENERAL PROGRAM MEETING. Dalit Baum, Ph.D., Israeli feminist, activist, and educator will speak. Dalit has taught in a community school for disempowered women, worked as an organizer in the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace and in Women in Black, and is a co-founder of "Black Laundry," a gay anti-occupation group which strives to make visible the connections between different oppressions within Israel and the occupation.
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During the last two years, she has been active with "Anarchists Against the Wall" in solidarity actions with Palestinian non-violent resistance.

Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St, Santa Cruz. (North of Hwy 1 at Morrissey exit.) For additional information, contact Ellen or Elaine or call 831/457-6797.

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Anarchists Against the Wall

From InfoshopOpenWiki, the free encyclopedia.

Anarchists Against the Wall (AAW), sometimes called "Anarchists Against the Fence" or "Jews Against Ghettos", is a loose-knit organization comprised of Israeli anarchists and anti-authoritarians who oppose the construction of the barrier between Palestine and Israel (supporters of the barrier call it a "security fence" while opponents refer to it as an "apartheid wall"). Although AAW has no official membership, it claims to have around 100 active participants who coordinate with Palestinians and groups like the International Solidarity Movement to organize nonviolent marches, civil disobedience, and direct action.

Anarchists Against the Wall views Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation as a human rights struggle, describing the barrier as "one of the greatest threats the Palestinian population has known over the last century... which is to make life so appalling for the Palestinian people that they will be left with one choice: move out." [1]

History

Anarchists Against the Wall was formed in April 2003 in the West Bank village of Mas'ha where activists gathered to create a protest camp. The camp lasted for 4 months during which time it was visited by thousands of internationals and Israelis. AAW went on to coordinate anti-Wall actions in Salem, Anin, and Zabube.

On December 26, 2003 during an AAW demonstration near the village of Maskha, the Israeli Defense Forces shot and wounded Gil Na'amati, an anarchist and former paratrooper. Shots were fired after demonstrators cut through a section of the barrier.

In August of 2004, Anarchists Against the Wall, in cooperation with Palestinian residents of the West Bank, broke through the barrier during a march from Jenin to Jerusalem.

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Coalition of Women for Peace
www.coalitionofwomen.org

A Brief Bio

The Coalition of Women for Peace has become one of the leading voices in Israel advocating for a just and viable peace between Israel and Palestine ever since its founding in November 2000, just six weeks after the current Intifada began.

The Coalition brings together independent women and nine women's peace organizations, some newly formed and others promoting coexistence since the founding of the state of Israel. We are a mix of Jewish and Palestinian women (all citizens of Israel), and we take action to amplify the voices of women calling for peace and justice for all inhabitants of the region.
Our Principles

The Coalition of Women for Peace seeks to mobilize women in support of human rights and a just peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, as we work to strengthen democracy within Israel. Our principles:

* An end to the occupation.

* The full involvement of women in negotiations for peace.

* Establishment of the state of Palestine side-by-side with the state of Israel based on the 1967 borders.

* Recognition of Jerusalem as the shared capital of two states.

* Israel must recognize its share of responsibility for the results of the 1948 war, and cooperate in finding a just solution for the Palestinian refugees.

* Opposition to the militarism that permeates Israeli society.

* Equality, inclusion and justice for Palestinian citizens of Israel.

* Equal rights for women and all residents of Israel.

* Social and economic justice for Israel's citizens, and integration in the region.

What We Do

In addition to supporting the work of its member organizations, the Coalition carries out mass rallies, human rights campaigns, outreach, and advocacy activity.

Twice a year, the Coalition holds mass rallies calling for an end to the occupation. In one, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched through the streets under the banner “We Refuse to be Enemies?. We held a Concert for Peace, with Israeli and Palestinian performers. In May 2003, one thousand Coalition women dressed in black lay down in a large public plaza of Tel Aviv under the banner, ‘The Occupation is Killing Us All’. We have also mobilized women in 150 locations on five continents to hold solidarity vigils during these major events.

The Coalition has provided emergency supplies to women and children in refugee camps, and school supplies to thousands of Palestinian children. Together with Palestinian women, we recently completed the International Human Rights March of Women, marching for 3 weeks in Israel and Palestine and calling for an end to the occupation and creation of a just peace between our peoples.

With the escalation of violence over recent years, it has become harder and harder for peace movements in Israel to rally public support. Nevertheless, the Coalition has persisted, both independently and in collaboration with others, and believes that peace is possible and that women have a key role in making it happen.

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Women in Black
coalitionofwomen.org/home/english/organizations/women_in_black

Women in Black is an International Movement of Women for Peace.

What unites us all is our commitment to justice and a world free of violence.

The international movement of Women in Black began in January 1988, one month after the first Palestinian Intifada (uprising) broke out, as a small group of Israeli women carried out a simple form of protest: Once a week at the same hour and in the same location – a major traffic intersection – they donned black clothing and raised a black sign in the shape of a hand with white lettering that read “Stop the Occupation?. Within months, by word of mouth, women throughout Israel had heard of this protest, and launched dozens of vigils.

This began the 15-year history of the Women in Black movement, as it spread spontaneously from country to country, wherever women sought to speak out against violence and injustice in their own part of the world. In Italy, Women in Black protest a range of issues, from the Israeli occupation to the violence of organized crime. In Germany, Women in Black protest neo-Nazism, racism against guest workers, and nuclear arms. In India, Women in Black hold vigils that call for an end to the ill treatment of women by religious fundamentalists. And during the war in the Balkans, Women in Black in Belgrade set a profound example of interethnic cooperation that was an inspiration to their countrywomen and men.

Women in Black are often the target of attack by those who promote narrow nationalist views over reconciliation and peace. In both Israel and Serbia, where Women in Black have spoken out against the policies of their own political leadership, women in these vigils are frequently threatened and sometimes violently assaulted, accused of being traitors to their own country. Yet Women in Black have refused to step down from their courageous stand, preferring to serve as a continuous, public reminder that the oppression of others is an unacceptable option.

Although Women in Black took root in every continent of the world, cooperation among the disparate vigils was minimal until 2001, when e-mail lists originating in Europe, Asia, and North America began to network the groups. This was followed by two massive, joint actions – in June and December 2001 – demanding peace between Israel and Palestine. On both these days, tens of thousands of women in 150 cities across all five continents participated in solidarity actions. The December event in Jerusalem saw over 5,000 Israeli and Palestinian Women in Black and men marching together from the Israeli to the Palestinian sides of town under the twin banners, “The Occupation is Killing Us All? and “We Refuse to be Enemies?. Other Women in Black campaigns seek to focus world attention on the war in Colombia, and the need to bring peace to that region.

The movement of Women in Black has empowered women and men in many countries to mobilize for peace. It is an international movement, so that the voice of conscience in one region now echoes and reverberates throughout the world. And it provides a worldwide support system for victims of oppression, exposing their injustice to the light of day and the pressure of world opinion. The movement of Women in Black assumes many forms in many countries, but one thing is common to all: an uncompromising commitment to justice and a world free of violence.

The international movement of Women in Black was honored with the Millennium Peace Prize for Women, awarded by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in 2001. The international movement, represented by the Israeli and the Serbian groups, was also a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Israeli Women in Black won the Aachen Peace Prize (1991); the peace award of the city of San Giovanni d'Asso in Italy (1994); and the Jewish Peace Fellowship’s “Peacemaker Award? (2001).

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Black Laundry
www.blacklaundry.org

"Kvisa Shchora" (Black Laundry) is a direct action group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and others against the occupation and for social justice. Kvisa Shchora tries to stress the connection between different forms of oppression - our own oppression as lesbians, gays and transpeople enhances our solidarity with members of other oppressed groups.

We prefer our actions to speak for us, although most of the material we produce is in Hebrew, we try and translate it to other languages as well. (Get in touch if you can help translate into your language). A selection of English flyers in pdf form is available here. Feel free to copy and distribute in your community to spread the word about "Kvisa Shchora".
 
 


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