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We have been a leading force for progressive social change in Westchester County, New York, since 1974.  We have been educating, agitating and organizing for a more just and peaceful world, an end to militarism and racism and a more fair economy that works for all.

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Support to Divest the NYS CRF from gas and oil companies

From Divest NY Coalition: Dear Divest NY allies, Thank you for supporting the Divest NY campaign. Our major focus this fall is to press NY State Comptroller DiNapoli to fully divest the NYS Common Retirement Fund (CRF) from Exxon and other gas and oil companies. His...

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Slaughter in Gaza:

The Failures of International law and Responsible Statecraft Slaughter in Gaza: The Failures of International law and Responsible Statecraft     Richard Falk Global Justice in the 21st Century November 5, 2023   Prefatory Note: A slightly updated and modified...

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Elias Foundation Activist Fellowship Program 2024

From the Elias Foundation:   Announcing the ACTIVIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2024 - Deadline for Letters of Intent November 30, 2023 We are excited to again share with you this opportunity for Fellowships for activists in underserved communities. The Elias Foundation is...

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Reflections on the last few days from Suhad Babaa

Good afternoon WESPACers, Here are some important words from Just Vision Executive Director, Suhad Babaa: I write this letter after a sleepless night checking in on our team in Israel-Palestine. Like so many in our community, I’ve been glued to the news and deeply...

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WESPAC Statement on Israel/Palestine

WESPAC FOUNDATION STATEMENT We in the peace and justice community are shattered by the ongoing death and destruction in Israel and Palestine. We are in grief over the loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives in the past few days, months and years and are fearful about...

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September 2023 Newsletter

Good morning and happy Monday!   If you missed the September newsletter via email, here it is. Thank you all, as always, for your support of and dedication to our peace and justice work!   WESPAC September 2023 Newsletter

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Author Talk coming to WESPAC in July!Tuesday, July 9th at 6:30pm at WESPAC - 77 Tarrytown Rd, Suite 2W in White Plains, NY 10607.Nora Lester Murad is a writer, educator, and activist. She co-authored Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots, and edited I Found Myself in Palestine: Stories of Love and Renewal From Around the Globe. From a Jewish American family, Nora moved from California to study in the Middle East. She married a Muslim Palestinian, and raised three daughters in the West Bank and in the US. She posts her writing at www.noralestermurad.com. She is delighted to travel to WESPAC on Tuesday, July 9th at 6:30pm to talk about her latest book, "Ida in the Middle" and the topic of the censorship of Palestinians in children's literature.“Ida in the Middle” has been honored four times:Winner of the 2023 Arab American Book AwardWinner of the 2024 Middle East Book AwardFinalist for the 2024 Jane Addams Peace Association Children’s Book Award 2023 Skipping Stones Honor Award SelectionAbout the book:Ida, a Palestinian-American girl, eats a magic olive that takes her to the life she might have had in her parents’ village near Jerusalem. An important coming of age story that explores identity, place, voice, and belonging.Every time violence erupts in the Middle East, Ida knows what’s coming next. Some of her classmates treat her like it’s all her fault—just for being Palestinian! In eighth grade, Ida is forced to move to a different school. But people still treat her like she’ll never fit in. Ida wishes she could disappear. One day, dreading a final class project, Ida hunts for food. She discovers a jar of olives that came from a beloved aunt in her family’s village near Jerusalem. Ida eats one and finds herself there—as if her parents had never left Palestine! Things are different in this other reality—harder in many ways, but also strangely familiar and comforting. Now she has to make some tough choices. Which Ida would she rather be? How can she find her place?Ida’s dilemma becomes more frightening as the day approaches when Israeli bulldozers are coming to demolish another home in her family’s village...More information:For more resources related to Ida in the Middle, check out www.IdaInTheMiddle.com, which includes an extensive library of curated tools teachers can use to bring Palestine into the classroom. Nora's blog is at www.NoraLesterMurad.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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In 2024, we made MAJOR PROGRESS in our fight to overhaul NY's racist & unjust sentencing laws. Thank you to our CCA members, partners, & supporters for your hard work & commitment. As we gear up for 2025, let's celebrate how far we've come to win #CommunitiesNotCages.

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🚨Please stop what you’re doing and listen to the Director of the Drug Policy Alliance explain what’s going on with the cannabis industry in New York State! The people who were most affected by the criminalization of cannabis are being shut out of the industry!

We sent a memo of support this week for the #NYHEAT Act to the @NYSA_Majority and @GovKathyHochul. The NY HEAT Act means cleaner heat and lower bills and a brighter future. NY HEAT must pass this session!

I was leafleting in front of @stefanizinerman’s office yesterday with @FWWNewYork ! We need Zinerman to be a climate champion and tell @CarlHeastie to PASS THE FULL NY HEAT & CLIMATE CHANGE SUPERFUND ACT! As a youth activist, I implore you to protect our future.

🚨Our analysis of mortgage data in Monroe County: For every $1 loaned in white communities, only a nickel was loaned in communities of color.

This is unacceptable and demands immediate action.

@andreascousins @carlheastie pass the Bank of Rochester Act!

https://www.equityagendany.org/data-analysis-glaring-loan-disparities-bolster-calls-for-rochester-public-bank/

Congratulations to our Executive Director, @juanita_omoshola_lewis, on receiving an award from @WESPAC_NY! 👏🏿

Congratulations to the other honorees, Harry Soloway and Diana Sanchez for their incredible work in this field. ✊🏾

Today we were invited in by Grace Church in @AndreaSCousins’ district. Anthony Dixon of Parole Prep, who served 32 years, gave the sermon. After that, we screened a short film and held a panel discussion. Every parishioner signed postcards urging passage of #ParoleJusticeNY.

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