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PROGRAM AND AGENDA

NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

JULY 23-25, 2010   ALBANY , NEW YORK


 

Friday night, July 23   7:00 p.m.—10 p.m.

 

7:00     Call to orderJoe Lombardo, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

 

7:05    Welcoming RemarksMike Keenan, President, Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

            Chair: Mary Nichols-Rhodes, Progressive Democrats of America

 

7:10     Overview of the conferenceJerry Gordon, Secretary, United National Antiwar

            Conference (UNAC)

 

7:20     Questions about the overview

 

7:40    Panel discussion on “Strategies and Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire’s Wars and Occupations.”

 

            Panelists:

     Medea Benjamin, CODE PINK

     Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War

     Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

     Chris Gauvreau, Administrative Body, National Assembly to End U.S. Wars and

            Occupations

     Theresa Gutierrez, International Action Center

     Kathy Kelly, Creative Voices for Nonviolence

     Nada Khader, Palestinian-American and Executive Director of the WESPAC

            ( Westchester Peace Action Coalition) Foundation

     Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action

Michael McPhearson, United for Peace and Justice Co-Chair; Veterans for

       Peace

       Blanca Missé, Graduate Student, UC at Berkeley ; played leading role in March 4

            student protests

     David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org (formerly AfterDowningStreet.org)

     Deborah Sweet, National Director, World Can’t Wait

 

9:00     Presentation of Co-Sponsors’ Action ProposalMary Nichols-Rhodes

 

9:10     Presentations by attendees of proposals to amend the action proposal, additional

            demands for mobilizations, resolutions

 

10:00  Adjourn

 

SOCIAL WITH MUSIC AND SINGING, OPEN MIKE

 

(Caucuses can meet at this time.  See schedule at the conference.)

 

 

Saturday morning, July 24 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

 

8:30     Call to orderGreg Coleridge, Director, Northeast Ohio American Friends

                   Service Committee; Coordinator, Northeast Ohio Antiwar Coalition

8:35     Welcoming Remarks Maud Easter, Women Against War

8:40     Keynote addresses:

       Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned political activist, author, and critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policies; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

Donna Dewitt, President, South Carolina AFL- CIO; Co-Chair, South Carolina Progressive Network

9:15     Adoption of Rules and ProceduresJerry Gordon

9:30     Election of presiding committee

9:45     Dedication of Kent State and Jackson State Memorial Antiwar Mural

10:00  Break

10:15  Workshops I

11:45  Break

12:00  Lunch; Speakers: How Political Prisoners and Victims of Preemptive Prosecution are Used to Justify War and Repression

 

Saturday afternoon, July 24 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

1:00     Call to Order. Co-Chairs: Michael McPhearson, Co-Chair, United for Peace and

            Justice, formerly, Executive Director, Veterans for Peace; Jeff Mackler, National

            Co-Coordinator, National Assembly to End U.S. Wars and Occupations

1:05     Plenary Session to discuss and debate Co-Sponsors’ action proposal, amendments,

                   additional demands, and resolutions. Vote on amendments.

4:15     Break

4:30     Workshops II

6:00     Dinner (on your own)

 

Saturday night, July 24 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Public Program with Speakers and Cultural Presentations (see program)

 

Sunday morning, July 25 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

8:30     Call to Order. Co-Chairs: Kathy Black, Co-Convenor, U.S. Labor Against the War;

            President, Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women; AFSCME District Council 47;

            Jim Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter

8:35     Plenary Session.  Final Discussion, Debate and Vote on Demands. Final vote on action

                                                                                                                                  proposal, which then becomes the conference’s action program. Final discussion,

                                                                                                                                  debate and vote on resolutions.

11:00  Decision on future of UNAC

11:15  Summary RemarksJerry Gordon

11:20  Break

 

11:30  Workshops III

 

1:00    

Muslim Solidarity Committee & Project SALAM Cordially Invite You to:
Rally and March
In Support of
Muslims Targeted by
Preemptive Prosecution
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Meet at the east steps of the Capitol, Washington & State Streets at 1:00 PM
March to Masjid As-Salam, 278 Central Ave., Albany

The Muslim Solidarity Committee and Project SALAM (Support And Legal Advocacy for Muslims) invite you to join us for this rally and march remembering the sixth anniversary of the arrests of two Muslim men from the Albany community and all Muslims preemptively prosecuted by the US government.  Speakers at the Mosque will discuss these cases and how they are used to generate fear of Islam in order to justify war and oppression.  Information about these cases can be found at www.projectsalam.org <http://www.projectsalam.org/> .

The Rally will begin at the closing of the National Peace Conference to be held in Albany, July 23-25.  We hope that you will attend this important Peace Conference.  For more information, see nationalpeaceconference.org <http://nationalpeaceconference.org/> ..

Schedule of Events
• 1:00 P.M. Rally at the NYS Capitol, East Steps, corner of Washington Ave & State St.
Light refreshments (food & drink) will be available.
• 1:30 March to Masjid As-Salam, 278 Central Ave., Albany
• 2:00 Arrive at Masjid As-Salam • 2:00 Pizza lunch and speakers

For more information, contact Lynne Jackson at 518-434-6659 or [email protected]
http://www.projectsalam.org/events/07-25-10.html

Aref & Hossain • Fort Dix 5 • Newburgh 4 • Betim Kaziu • Ziyad Yaghi • Dr. Rafil Dhafir • Fahad Hashmi •  Tarek Mehanna • Tariq Shah  • & Many More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              Contact: [email protected]
July 19, 2010                                                                                                   www.olympiabds.org
360-918-8665

Olympia Food Co-op removes Israeli goods from shelves; first US store to institute boycott

Olympia, WA– The Olympia Food Co-op Board of Directors has decided to boycott Israeli goods at their two locations in Olympia, Washington. At a July 15th meeting packed with Co-op members, the Board reached this consensus.  The Co-op becomes the first US grocery store to publicly join the international grassroots movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) on Israel for its human rights abuses.

Co-op board member Rob Richards explained, “My hope is that by being the first in the US to adopt the boycott we act as a catalyst for other co-ops to join in. Each additional organizational entity that joins may have a very small effect on the big picture, but drop by drop fills the tub.”

Noah Sochet, a Co-op member and OlympiaBDS organizer adds, “Both as a US citizen and as a Jew, I’m proud to say that my Co-op no longer underwrites the suffering in Palestine.”

In accordance with its mission statement, the Olympia Food Co-op has a longstanding boycott policy which has included a boycott of China (for its occupation of Tibet) and a previous boycott of Colorado (for legalizing discrimination against gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in 1992). The Co-op also has policies for rejecting items whose packaging feature exploitive or oppressive imagery.

One Israeli product is exempt from the boycott: “Peace Oil,” a brand of olive oil fairly traded from Palestinian farmers in the West Bank and the Galilee, will continue to be carried by the Co-op.

The boycott follows on the heels of a similarly historic event at the nearby Evergreen State College. On June 2, students at the Olympia-based college voted overwhelmingly to approve two resolutions calling on the college’s foundation to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine , as well as calling on the college to ban the use of Caterpillar equipment due to Caterpillar’s complicity in Israeli war crimes. The college is the alma mater of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by a weaponized Caterpillar bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003.

News of the boycott has drawn praise from around the world, including in Israel. “I salute the great work of the people in Olympia,” said Yonatan Shapira, an Israeli Air Force captain and co-founder of Combatants for Peace. “The decision taken by the Olympia Food Co-op is an important step toward just peace for all people living in Israel/Palestine. It is also a step toward accountability for Israel’s murder of Rachel Corrie.”

The BDS movement began in 2005 when over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel and in Palestine issued a call for the nonviolent tactic of BDS on Israel until the country abides by international law and human rights standards. The BDS call has become an international movement, endorsed by renowned figures such as Desmond Tutu, Naomi Klein, and Alice Walker. The Co-op boycott comes two months after Italy’s largest supermarket chains, COOP and Nordiconad, declared a boycott of products exported by Israeli Carmel Agrexco.

Israel has responded to the BDS movement by arresting prominent Palestinian endorsers. The Knesset is currently considering legislation to outlaw endorsement of BDS by Israelis.

Over the years, the decades,  Lenny Ruderman was a regular at our WESPAC demos and vigils and rallies at the Fountain in White Plains

 I see  him at one end of Margaret Eberle’s banners.
 
I think of him  there during the days of protest against Indian Point and  the years of all weather  opposition to the Viet Nam war.  

Later I would see  Lenny with CASA Westchester  holding a sign opposing the US attacks on Central America….  on the “End the Embargo” of Cuba in support of the Cuba Friendshipment. …  on marches and sit-ins at Congressman Deoguardis office, later to Nita Lowey‘s office firm in his opposition to the US policies in the Middle East .  Lenny and his wife would person an activist table at the annual WESPAC Corliss Lamont picnics in Ossining.  I would always see Lenny and his wife at the annual Peace and Justice Awards dinners.
 
 In his strong and quiet way, Lenny could be counted on to be there at the White Plains WESPAC center for every  gathering to hear speakers on so many issues. 
 

  His activism was live, alive,  positive, consistent and deeply principled.
  

Lenny Ruderman  PRESENTE!!

Andrew Courtney

It is with deep sadness and pain that I announce the passing of Lenny Ruderman.  He was a precious person, a fighter for justice, a humble activist and a very strong supporter of WESPAC.  A more detailed obituary will be posted soon.

He passed away July 11th and did not want to have a memorial service.  His body has been cremated and the ashes spread over the Atlantic Ocean.

You may write a card of condolence to:
Mrs. Ruderman
90 Crisfield Street
Yonkers, NY 10710

 

Presented at the July 23-25, 2010 National Anti-War Conference, Albany, New York

 

Shortly after taking office President Obama signed an executive order promising to close Guantánamo within a year. Not only has he broken his promise by indefinitely delaying the closure of this notorious prison, but he has extended the worst aspects of the Guantánamo system by continuing indefinite detentions without charge or trial, employing illegitimate military commissions, and blocking accountability for torture. As representatives of the U.S. anti-war movement and people of conscience we demand the immediate and just closure of Guantánamo and secret detention sites operated by the CIA and the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). We also express our opposition to egregious conditions of confinement in prisons and detention centers inside the United States.

 

The shameful story of Guantánamo remains the story of the U.S. government rounding up close to 800 boys and men, labeling them “the worst of the worst,” and trying to throw them into an island-prison beyond the rule-of-law and without any rights to challenge their detention or abuse. The vast majority of these individuals should never have been picked up in the first place; they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and many of them were fleeing U.S. bombs in Afghanistan when they were captured. Only 1 in 20 was captured by the U.S. military; most were captured by local civilians and authorities and sold to the Unites States in exchange for substantial bounty. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, a senior State Department official between 2002-2005, has recently declared that the Bush administration knew that the majority of the men at Guantánamo  were innocent, but did not release them because that could have harmed the government’s push for war.

 

We make the following demands of the U.S. government as it continues to violate ethical and legal standards at great expense to our collective safety and to justice. We commit to building pressure to ensure that they are met, and invite like-minded allies across the world to join us. We demand that the U.S government:

 

* Recommit to rapidly closing Guantánamo and publically admit that the men taken there were not “the worst of the worst.”  It is now well known that the majority should never have been captured in the first place and are victims of U.S. detention polices. If President Obama were to exercise leadership and acknowledge this, it would help address the wrong done to the men at Guantánamo, and help create the political atmosphere necessary to close the prison and deliver justice to those wrongfully detained.

 

*Charge or release the men at Guantánamo and abandon the power to hold any of them in indefinite detention. The Obama administration has declared that it will hold nearly 50 men indefinitely without charge or trial, claiming that they are too dangerous to release but “un-prosecutable” because officials fear trials could compromise intelligence-gathering and because detainees could challenge evidence obtained through coercion. What the Obama administration continues to obscure is that evidence obtained through torture or coercion is both illegal and unreliable, and has no place in a court of law. Federal judges have ruled in 38 out of 53 habeas cases over the last two years that the government had no evidence to justify the detention of men at Guantánamo. All the men should be released or charged in federal courts.

 

*Stop punishing Yemeni men cleared for repatriation on the basis of their nationality. The Obama administration must lift its indefinite suspension of repatriations of Yemeni men based on their nationality, and allow those who have won their habeas cases or been cleared by the U.S. government’s own extensive Detainee Task Force Review to go home.

 

The men must be evaluated on an individual basis and on what they have done, not based on their nationality or unsubstantiated conjectures about what they might do in the future.

 

* Ensure accountability for crimes committed. The Obama administration must hold high-level U.S. officials accountable for well-documented and grave human rights abuses at Guantánamo, including torture. Despite the fact that the prosecution of officials responsible for serious human rights abuses is required under both domestic and international law, President Obama has repeatedly indicated his reluctance to pursue prosecutions for these crimes, saying that he prefers to look forward rather than backward. The Attorney General must appoint an independent prosecutor with a full mandate to investigate and prosecute those responsible for torture and other war crimes, as far up the chain of command as the facts lead. We demand real accountability through prosecutions precisely because we are looking forward and are determined to secure a future in which the United States does not torture. 

 

* Investigate the cases of the men who died at Guantánamo, including the three death cases in 2006. The Obama administration has so far not only failed to conduct a real investigation of the deaths at Guantánamo, but has blocked investigations in the courts. As it stands, a man can be killed at Guantánamo without anyone being able to raise the issue in court, and without any independent investigation taking place. We believe that the courts should be investigating these deaths and holding those responsible accountable for them. President Obama should be defending human rights and democratic values rather than going to court to defend the potential lies and crimes of the Bush administration.

 

*Announce an end to involuntary repatriations. There are men at Guantánamo who fear returning to their countries of origin, and who should not be repatriated against their will. The Obama administration has already forcibly repatriated an Algerian man with credible fears of persecution, and this cruel policy — which violates U.S. and international law — must end. 

 

* Ensure the wellbeing of the men after they are released. The U.S. government cannot hold men without charge in egregious conditions for years, subject them to harm including torture, and then simply toss them out into far corners of the world. Many of these men are victims of U.S. government policies, and the government must help them rebuild their lives by establishing a reparations fund and helping them reunite with their families.

 

* Lift the ban on resettling the men into the United States. The U.S. government should offer to resettle men who have won their habeas cases or been cleared for transfer in the United States. After having wrongfully detained these men for nearly 8 years, the least the U.S. government must do is to offer them a home. Offering to resettle some of the men held at Guantánamo would also encourage more countries to make similar offers to more of the men still detained.

 

* Grant family visits: The United States should immediately grant the families of all men detained the right to visit them. Family visits are commonly granted to prisoners of all kinds, and those at Guantánamo should be no exception.

 

We also urge the international community to help provide homes for the men still in detention at Guantánamo, and to protect their wellbeing once resettled. Many of the men resettled have not been granted permission to work, to travel, or to reunite with their families after years of separation and pain.

 

We invite people of conscience all over the world to work with us to make sure Guantánamo is closed with justice, and recommit to advocating towards this end.

 

 

If you would like to endorse this statement, please return to: [email protected]

 

Signatories:

 

Organizations:   

The Center for Constitutional Rights      

WESPAC Foundation

 

 

 

From Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart’s husband, write to Federal Bureau of Prisons today, please. 

Friends:

Please consider writing a letter of request/encouragement that the Federal Bureau of Prisons assign Lynne Stewart to the Federal Correctional Institute for female prisoners in Danbury, CT. to the following address:

Harley Lappin, Director,
Federal Bureau of Prisons,
320 First Street NW
Washington, DC 20534-0002

A friend researched and discovered that it could be fruitful to mail letters to this source. The suggestion came from International Cure, a prison reform group.
Lynne is 70 years old, is in remission from breast cancer, and has other medical issues. Most important, most of her immediate family are in New York City.
Lynne’s well-being will be substantially affected by visits from them and other friends in that vicinity.

Thank you for your faithful interest in this historic case.
Beth DuMez 

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

www.Freedomarchives.org

Joycelyn Leona Satchell died peacefully from breast cancer on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Calvary Hospital in Bronx , New York at the age of 57. She resided with her partner Nadine Lugo in Cortlandt Manor, New York.
     The eldest daughter of the late Lt. Colonel James Leon Satchell and the late Virginia Carter Satchell. She was born on June 22, 1953 in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Warwick High School in Lititz, Pennsylvania in 1971. In 1994, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University with a major in Public Policy.
    She leaves behind a loving sister, Felicia L. Satchell; her partner, Nadine Lugo; a nephew, Jalal Sabur; an aunt, Gladys Nixon; an uncle, Stanley Moore and many loving cousins, close friends, and co-workers.
   As an “army brat” she lived in Germany, France, Virginia, California, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She worked at Ross Engineering and at Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster  County, PA as a counselor.  In 1996 she relocated to White Plains, New York where she worked as a Caseworker at Westhab, a Senior Caseworker for the Westchester County Department of Social Services and most recently as a Health Investigator for the Westchester County Department of Health.
  As an AIDS/HIV, Women’s and LGBT activist, she dedicated her life to educate our community about health and wellness, women’s rights,  and gender issues.
  She was an accomplished flute player and an avid collector of jazz music. She had an infectious laugh, great sense of humor, extremely passionate, strong, generous and treated everyone like family. She will be missed.
   A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 12 noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 137 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. If you can’t attend the service and want to send a card please mail it to 59 Longdale Ave White Plains, NY 10607.

This email concerns peace and justice for 46 dogs that were just rescued from a hoarder.  I attached the newspaper article detailing the situation.
 
My daughter, Kerry, and her boyfriend, Matthew, both certified dog trainers, work at the Kingston SPCA.  They were the ones who rescued these 46 dogs when their owner was busted for hoarding and neglecting them. Hopefully this woman will get the mental health help she needs.
 
Matthew used the pole with the loop at the end and caught every loose dog. Kerry carried out all of the dogs that were crated.  Needless to say, the dogs were all in horrible shape, living in their feces and hungry.
 
The shelter is overcrowded and understaffed. $ and supplies are needed. Please help however you can.
 
Thank you on behalf of these poor dogs.  Let’s help give them a better future.
 
Peace!
 
Karen Hall
 
 

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2010/07/31/blotter/doc4c539a4bc5cd0322739190.txt

CARRY FORWARD THE MOMENTUM

Dear friends and allies,
On October 22 to 24, 2010, a historic conference will take place in Montreal which aims to consolidate and move forward the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid.
In 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, from trade unions to women’s groups to refugee organizations, issued a call to international civil society to engage in a comprehensive BDS campaign against apartheid Israel until Israel complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights. This call for BDS explicitly takes its inspiration from the global boycott movement which helped to end apartheid in South Africa in the 1990s.

Several Palestine solidarity organizations in Montreal have formed a committee to organize a conference intended to carry forward the momentum for BDS, which is growing daily around the world. This conference is being organized in collaboration with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) in Palestine (www.bdsmovement.net).
We are currently finalizing the plans for the conference; please see the attached conference schedule to get an idea of what is planned so far. At this time, we are approaching individuals as well as organizations and businesses to ask for their endorsement of the 2010 BDS Conference. We are also requesting donations, which are essential to making this grassroots conference a success.

We need your financial support! Our estimated budget for this historic conference is approximately $30,000 (please see attached budget). This is the amount required to host a conference of this scope. Confirmed International guests already include Omar Barghouti of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott Initiative (PACBI) and the
BDS National Committee (BNC), from Ramallah, Palestine, and Bongani Masoku of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), from Johannesburg, South Africa.
We are still confirming the participation of other international BDS activists, including a member of the Irish Confederation of Trade Unions, a professor and feminist activist from Birzeit University in Palestine, Detroit hip hop artist and BDS activist Invincible, and BDS activists from France and Norway.

In order to encourage the maximum level of participation and to keep the conference accessible to the public, we will require expensive services such as simultaneous interpretation in English, French, and Arabic, as well as many other logistical requirements, including promotional materials, conference programs, transportation, billeting for attendeees, and food. All of these elements will go into making this major conference a success!
The 2010 BDS Conference is a huge undertaking, but if as many individuals and organizations as possible can all make a donation, we are confident that we can reach our goal of approximately $30,000. We need your help to make this exciting conference happen!
Please see page 3 for more information on endorsements and donations.
Goals of the conference
The following are the main objectives of the 2010 BDS Conference:
1. To bring together individuals and organizations from all sectors within Québec and Canadian civil society in
support of the Palestinian call for BDS, in order to expand this campaign in Québec and Canada;
2. To consolidate and carry forward the BDS work already underway in the trade union, academic, cultural, and
consumer sectors, particularly in Québec;
3. To facilitate communication between different campaigns and organizations in Québec and Canada, in order
to coordinate on existing and future BDS campaigns and actions;
4. To raise public awareness and engage in popular education about the BDS campaign, its history, goals, and
strategy.
We look forward to your support for this historic conference, which we are confident will be an important
step in the path to a free Palestine!
In solidarity,
The BDS 2010 Conference Organizing Committee
The BDS 2010 Conference Organizing Committee is made up of members of College and University Workers
United (CUWU), the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), La Coalition pour la justice en Palestine
(UQAM), Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), Tadamon! and member organisations of the Coalition
for Justice and Peace in Palestine.

Information on Endorsements and Donations
ENDORSEMENTS
Please contact [email protected] to add your organization’s name to the list of endorsers.
If you would like to receive more information on the conference as the schedule, speakers and
other details are confirmed, request to have your address added to the conference info email
list.
DONATIONS
To make a donation to the conference organizing fund, cheques may be made out to “Congrès
BDS 2010” and mailed to:
BDS Conference 2010
4755 van Horne, suite 110
Montréal, Québec
H3W 1H8
Donations may also be made online by clicking the “Donate” link on our website:
www.bdsquebec.org.
You may also contact us at [email protected] or (514) 621-9414.
GET INVOLVED!
If you’d like to get involved in organizing the conference, please email [email protected] to
find out about our next meeting.
Thank you for your support and your generosity!
activists from France and Norway.

 

 

 

Word is out that Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center may be forced to close by January 2011. No operating budget as of the end of this year – due to budget cuts.  No staff, no farmers, no programs. This is short-sighted.  

 

Earlier in the summer County Executive Rob Astorino wanted to sell this wonderful farm but the county board voted unanimously that it was too much of an asset to have in its place another McMansion development. If you haven’t been there lately, please go  – it’s gorgeous, open to the public, the only farm of its kind in all of Westchester . Take some friends and walk around the back to the fields and say hi to Wilson, or Stephanie or Kelly or Josh and Jonathan… I started volunteering there in June with students from my English 201 class and they’ve all made us feel so incredibly welcome. It’s such a relaxing peaceful place in which people can learn to reconnect with nature and grow healthy food. When you talk about sustainability, this is where it starts – with the food we eat. That’s why this farm is so vital.

If you feel this farm is not just worth keeping – but worth keeping open — write a comment to County Executive Astorino at the link below.  And please forward this message. THANK YOU!  — Tracy Basile

http://socialservices.westchestergov.com/index.php?option=com_chronocontact&Itemid=4242

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.

When we see land as a community to which we belong,

we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold

 

Click here for more wonderful photos of the farm!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hilltophanoverfarm/with/3837687080/

Al-Awda Shocked by Gruesome Murder of Abu Obeida Omran

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition is shocked, saddened and outraged at the gruesome and trajic murder of Abu Obeida Abdel Salam Omran. On Friday August 13, 2010, Abu Obeida was deliberately run over and dragged with a car apparently during an attempted robbery at one of his gas stations in Houston Texas. The alleged killers were arrested by police after they fled the scene. Abu Obeida died that night from the injuries he had sustained during the attack. Abu Obeida is originally from the village of Burin near Nablus on the West Bank. He was 42 years old, married with two sons, Abu Obeida and Abu Ali Mustafa, and a daughter, Maryam. His wife is expecting another child.
 
Abu Obeida was a young man full of energy. He was actively involved in building Al-Awda’s chapter in Houston which he founded. He was a successful businessman and a leader in the community. He took part in the Viva Palestina US convoy to Gaza in 2009, and actively helped with employment, housing, financially or other ways all of the Palestinian refugees who recently arrived in Texas from Al-Waleed camp in Iraq. Abu Obeida was a dedicated activist for his people’s right to return to their original homes and lands from which they have been dispossessed by Zionist forces and the Israeli state beginning in the 1948 era. He was in his first year of service as a member of the national coordinating committee of Al-Awda and was responsible for the external affairs of the organization. He strongly believed in strengthening, expanding and consolidating efforts in Al-Awda, and was working with colleagues in Texas to develop chapters of the organization in four other cities in that state. In addition to several other projects, Abu Obeida was most recently organizing with colleagues in Texas and elsewhere a conference to take place in Houston in October 2010 to advance the campaign for one democratic state in all of Palestine with the restoration and implementation of Palestinian rights in full. Abu Obeida and his leadership will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.
 
We extend our deepest condolences to Abu Obeida’s family, friends and our community. We have lost a comrade and share in your grief.

 

May he rest in peace.
 
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442
 
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is dedicated to advocacy for the restoration of Palestinian human, national, legal, political and historical rights in full with particular emphasis on the right of Palestinians to return to their homes and lands of origin from which they have been dispossessed since 1948. PRRC is a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible. To donate, go to http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html and follow the instructions. To become a member, go to http://www.al-awda.org/membership.html