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action or planing meeting every other Thursday?? Hub Cafe, 1502 Ivanhoe, Denver - or Phoenician Kabob, 5709 E.Colfax free
2015:June:22 whtt: Friends of Israel Want War On Iran U Believed WMD - Now ISIL
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Subject: [CJP] AIPAC Action in Denver--SUNDAY
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Fri, Apr 28, 2017 6:20 pm
Please distribute widely
AIPAC Action in Denver

When: Sunday, April 30th, 11-12:30pm

Where: Denver Center for Performing Arts 
1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

*Meet in front of Backstage Coffee at 11:00am
  • Please wear all black to help commemorate the lives lost in decades of violence and to draw attention to the action
  • Please do not bring signs with you, as we want to avoid detracting from the performance.
  • Please join in song and solidarity as we celebrate the strength in our resistance!
Read letter from IfNotNow:
Hello IfNotNow Colorado members and friends!
This Sunday, April 30, AIPAC is hosting its annual Colorado fundraising event in downtown Denver at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Seawell Ballroom. In conjunction with the overwhelming turnout at the national AIPAC protest in DC last month”along with the 50-day countdown to the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation”IfNotNow Colorado has planned a performative resistance action that will be staged in front of the entrance to the AIPAC event.
This email is to formally invite you and your community to join us in asking the Jewish establishment to help us end American Jewish support for the occupation and to acknowledge the daily nightmare the occupation imposes on Palestinians.
You may have noticed that our action has not been widely publicized. We would like to make it clear that this has been intentional. While we want as many folks in our community showing up to stand together, we want our message to be very clear.
This is not a protest in the conventional sense, but a staged political performance to draw attention to the constant displacement and uprooting that Palestinian folks face on a daily basis.
Several members of IfNotNow Colorado will be participating in a piece of political theatre staged in front of the entrance to the bruncheon and we need your help. In order to make this action as impactful and cohesive as possible, we are asking a few small but important things of you should you come to stand with IfNotNow:
  • Please wear all black to help commemorate the lives lost in decades of violence and to draw attention to the action
  • Please do not bring signs with you, as we want to avoid detracting from the performance.
  • Please join in song and solidarity as we celebrate the strength in our resistance!
That being said, if you feel that you can commit to being there to stand with us, we would love to have you.
Thank you for being a part of the #jewishresistance and helping to build a Jewish community that we can all be proud of! We look forward to seeing you there!
Rebecca, Rachel, Dara, Annie, Matisse, Abby, and the rest of IfNotNow Colorado
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Subject: [CJP] Action Alerts! Protect Mosque! Vigil at Faith Bible Chapel
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Wed, Oct 07, 2015 3:27 pm
Action Alerts
Protest at Faith Christian Chapel
Christians United for Israel, "Night to Honor Israel" event
Sunday, Oct. 11, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Faith Bible Chapel 
6250 Wright St., Arvada
More info

Grand Junction Islamic Center targeted for

attack by Islamophobic group Sunday, 10/11/15



A disturbing string of nationally coordinated rallies -- some that may draw angry and armed protesters -- is being planned for October 9 and October 10 at roughly 20 mosques or Islamic centers across the country. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has warned mosques to take extra security measures during the so-called "Global Rally for Humanity" events. Muslim leaders are advising the community to take the "moral high ground" and avoid direct confrontation with protesters who bring messages of hate onto sacred ground.
A Facebook page titled “Global Rally for Humanity” says “humanity is attacked daily by radical Islam” and is calling for protests in “every country at every Mosque.” The page encourages “patriots” around the country to set up events  in their own town with Facebook pages, telling organizers to “remember to do your homework and find a local mosque in your area.”

Read article in Huffington Post:
How Interfaith Activists Will Counter This Weeks Anti-Muslim Rallies


Please join Coloradans from around the state to stand in support of the Grand Junction Islamic Center

When: Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10:30am
3096 I-70 Business Loop Unit F, Grand Junction, Colorado 81504


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Subject: [CJP] Newsletter & Upcoming Events
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:39 pm

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What a Beautiful Sight!
Palestinian Flag Raised at United Nations for the First Time

The Palestinian flag was raised outside the headquarters of the United Nations in New York for the first time Wednesday, September 30. The General Assembly adopted a resolution September 10 allowing what it officially recognizes as the "State of Palestine" to raise its national flags outside of U.N. headquarters and U.N. offices. Read more
Thank you Bright Stars of Bethlehem!

For bringing the work of Palestinian artisans to Ten Thousand Villages in Cherry Creek on September 24th.


Through the staff and volunteer leadership of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, we work together to provide support to the Palestinian people. We work with young and old alike to help grow hope in the midst of occupation.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem partners to grow hope in Palestine by connecting people in the United States through awareness-raising and fund-raising, to these ministry efforts in the Holy Land:

Learn more about this wonderful organization HERE
Upcoming Events

Next CJP Planning Meeting

Thurs., Oct. 1st @ 6:30pm
Phoenician Kabob, Ivy & Colfax Denver


Colorado Welcomes Syrian Refugees:
Let Them in Candlelight Vigil
Sat, Oct.3rd at 7pm
Facebook page
Palestinian and Israeli
Bereaved Families for Peace
"The Parents Circle"

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 12:30-2:30

6445 East Ohio Ave., Denver
More info

The Iran Nuclear Deal
An Assessment Panel Moderated by Rob Prince

Oct. 6th, 7pm
First Universalist Church of Denver,
4101 E. Hampden Ave

Dinner is $7 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under
For more info call: (303) 759-2770


Ali Abunimah
October 7, 2015
Eaton Humanities 150
CU Boulder
Facebook Page


The Denver Palestine Solidarity Meetup Book Club

Thurs., Oct 8th, 7pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver
More info

Firefighters, Architects & Engineers Expose the Myths of 9/11, with Richard Gage

Saturday, Oct. 10th 7:00 pm
First Universalist Church of Denver
4101 E. Hampden Ave.
Suggestion donation $10
For more info call: (303) 759-2770

Protest at Faith Christain Chapel
Christians United for Israel, "Night to Honor Israel" event

Sunday, Oct. 11, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Faith Bible Chapel 
6250 Wright St., Arvada
More info


Painful Hope

Sunday, October 18, 2015
3-5 pm
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda, at Fairfax, Denver

With Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Palestinian peace activist Khaled Abu Awaad
founders of the Roots/Judur/Shorashim project in the West Bank

More info
Adult Explorers Trip to Palestine, Israel, & Jordan
Oct 16-27

Denver based non-profit Meet the Middle East aims to foster relationships between the US and the Middle East through education and immersion travel.
More Info

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Subject: Palestinian Cultural Event Planning Meeting Tomorrow, July 30 @ 6pm
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 3:50 pm

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Palestinian Cultural Event Planning Meeting


When: Thursday, July 30th


Time:   6:00 PM

Where: Park Hill Hub,
                       1502 Ivanhoe St.

(on the corner of Ivanhoe and Colfax, in the same building as Phoenician Kabob)

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Subject: Action Against The CELL, July 22nd 6pm-8pm
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 8:29 pm

Action at the The CELL® 

Meet us on the street outside the Denver Art Museum at 6:00 pm on Wed, July 22, to  challenge the crowd with words of peace and truth as they arrive for: 
this program, falsely sold as "GLOBAL THREAT TO US SECURITY".   It is a pro-war attempt to spread fear of ISIL and Iran, sponsored by the radical pro-Zionsit organization, Larry Mizel's The Cell. (link to 
The and Its little brother, Americans Against Terrorism (AAT) have not given up trying to destroy the Nuclear Arms Treaty with Iran. The DENVER POST is the shameful co-sponsor of this program, which will attempt to appear even-handed and patriotic while it promotes war.  Hopefully one of the speakers will be brave enough to present some balance.  Let our presence give him courage and tip the scales for peace!
Bring signs that suggest PEACE FOR IRAN AND PALESTINE and NO MORE WARS   Make them large and easy to read, to help Influence the crowd that will arrive between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Some signs will be provided.  We should be finished by 7:30 pm
Read about recent successful counter demonstration at the Colorado State Capital,  where more details will be posted of the upcoming event:
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Subject: CJP Planning Meeting June 25th @6pm
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2015 6:39 am

Planning Meeting


When: Thursday, June 25th


Time:   6:00 PM

Where: Park Hill Hub,
                       1502 Ivanhoe St.

(on the corner of Ivanhoe and Colfax, in the same building as Phoenician Kabob)

The topics for this weeks meeting are:
  • Sheridan Festival
  • Palestinian Cultural Block Party and CJP Fundraiser

Our next meeting will be held on July 9th. We meet every other Thursday either in the VIP room at Phoenician Kabob or Park Hill Hub. 
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Subject: CJP Meeting Tomorrow June 11th @ 6pm
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Wed, Jun 10, 2015 4:18 pm

Planning Meeting


When: Thursday, June 11th


Time:   6:00 PM

Where:  We'll meet at the Phoenician Kabob and go from there. 

The topics for this weeks meeting are:
  • People's Fair Debrief
  • Palestinian Cultural Block Party and CJP Fundraiser
  • Ramadan
  • What's Next...?
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Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Denver, CO
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Subject: Next planning meeting March 26th, 6pm
From: Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015 7:09 pm
To: Walt

Coloradans for Justice in Palestine
planning meeting

Thursday, March 26th @ 6pm

We're meeting just around the corner from the Phoenician Kabob at The Hub coffee shop (Colfax & Ivanhoe)


  • Planning the details of the McCain/Graham protest happening on April 1st
  • Getting ready for the Palestine booth at the Auraria Spring Fling happening April 22-23
  • Planning a meal where fellow activists can sit down and eat together. Nadia would like to cook Palestinian food. Yum!
  • Update on non-profit class Beth & Kelly are taking.
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Senators McCain
and Graham 

April 1st, 5:45pm

Denver Performing Arts complex (Curtis & 14th St)

Signs provided or bring your own

Calling all groups and individuals!

Israel puppets Sens.John McCain and Lindsey Graham will be speaking in Denver on "Violent Extremism and U.S. Response" on April 1, 2015 at the Denver Performing Arts complex. The event is hosted by The Cell and the Denver Post, and moderated by Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry.

No, this is not an April Fool's joke, this racist, hypocritical, finger-pointing-at-Muslims talk is actually going to take place. Of course there will be no self-reflection on the United States or Israel's part to their contribution to violent terrorism. This is why Colorado groups must be there to hold up a mirror. From Ferguson, to Iran, to Palestine, we must stand up against our government's terrorism.  

Wealthy and powerful Zionist Larry Mizel, founder of the CELL terrorist museum, and one of Colorado’s largest political donors, recently co-chaired a fundraiser for Graham’s PAC. Mizel also was a top donor for McCain’s presidential run in 2008.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell when he was the US Secretary of State, has severely criticized McCain and Graham for being Israeli allies who take aggressive postures toward diplomatic negotiations with Iran over its nuclear energy program and who are “angry that” the US did not attack Syria. Further, Wilkerson said McCain and Graham "are bordering on being traitors".
See Article

It was Senator Graham who
 warned the Palestinians in January of this year that they could lose annual US aid if they file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Graham made the remarks at a news conference in Jerusalem as part of a seven-member delegation of senators visiting the Middle East. See Article

In December 2014 while in Israel, Graham assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his colleagues in Congress would do whatever Netanyahu wanted when it came to US policy toward Iran. Graham stated "We will follow your lead" to Netanyahu. Graham also stated "Mr. Prime Minister, of all the leaders in the entire world, you’ve had the most consistent message regarding Iran: Beware of the Iranians – they lie, they cheat". Read Article

McCain has continued to follow Netanyahu like a puppy dog, with statements "“Pay attention to what Bibi has to say when he speaks to Congress. He won't be wrong.”, “The president [Obama] is delusional or in denial", “Whatever it is, he is placing this nation in grave danger.”

Please meet at 6pm at the Denver Performing Arts complex (Curtis & 14th St.) on April 1st



[So far, quick & dirty: some links are fouled, check top]

2015:February:2, Sent to Post, Open Forum, Walt's Take:

Iran & Nukes & Israel

Must be a drag for Iran, with major pressure from the world to be transparent about their nuclear program, while the same world winks at Israel’s nukes and listens when Israel talks about the threat from Iran.


Subject: [CJP] Please, everyone-need help!!
From: "Beth Daoud"
Date: Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:02 am

Hi All,

Coloradans for Justice in Palestine has plans to have a Palestine booth at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival this weekend (Sat, Sun, Mon.) : We are short volunteers to staff the booth, especially on Sunday. We also need 3 folding tables and transport of our booth items to and from Boulder. This is very important to have an educational booth about Palestine that will reach so many people. We are handing out DVDs (Occupation 101), the Washington Report magazine, buttons, and selling t-shirts.

There will also be a Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project booth at the festival, having 2 booths about Palestine will be amazing.

Our hearts are with you Palestine, we want to bring freedom and justice to you through educational events such as the Boulder Festival. We have already paid around $250 for our booth site.

Please help!

Beth Daoud Coloradans for Justice in Palestine


Subject: UFPJ Calls for Week of Concentrated Media Work on Gaza Crisis
From: "carolyn bninski" <>
Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2009 10:15 pm
To: <>, <>, "CCJP Announce" <>

UFPJ Calls for Week of Concentrated Media Work on Gaza Crisis

As vital as it is to keep up the public protest, and as important as it is that we make sure our elected officials in Washington hear from us, this is also a crucial moment to bring our message to the mainstream media. We hope your group will join this nationwide week -- starting today, January 9 and running through next Friday, January 16 -- of focused efforts on media work.

There are two major goals of our media work:

1) Coverage of our protest events and other public activities.
As you continue to organize rallies, marches, vigils and other protests, be sure to contact all of the media outlets in your area! We have heard from some groups that they have been able to get good coverage of their events, so let's try to expand this as widely as possible.

2) Bringing our message to a much wider audience.
As we all know, the people the mainstream media usually have doing the "analysis" are more often than not retired State Department or military officials, representatives of the Israeli government, or others who give a one-sided or biased perspective. There have been some notable instances of other voices breaking through, such as the Norwegian doctor in Gaza who has been on CBS and other outlets. But it is rare to see a Palestinian or anyone else with a critical view of what Israel is doing being interviewed.

For talking points and updates be sure to check the website of UFPJ and the
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, as well as the website of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.

A concentrated, nationwide effort to bring another perspective into the mainstream media could make a difference.
Click here for a comprehensive list of media outlets in your area.

Making sure our voices are heard and read means asking many people to take up this effort, so please share this memo as widely as you can. We are encouraging you to work on any or all of these four specific things:

1) An outpouring of letters to the editors, in every size and every type of publication.

  • Letters are more likely to be printed if they are short.
  • It often helps if the letter is in response to an article printed in the publication.
  • If there is a connection to some local issue or group, that can be very helpful.  (Maximum 300 words)   (Maximum 300 words) (Maximum 200 words)  (Maximum 200 words)

2) Opinion pieces and/or guest columns in your daily newspapers.

  • These are often hard to get in, but are worth pursuing. Call your local paper to find out about requirements and the process for submitting a piece.
  • It is often easier to get a piece printed if it comes from someone who has recently been to the area, someone respected in your community (a religious leader, an elected official, etc.) or someone who has a personal relationship to the issue.

3) A massive push to call into local radio talk shows.

  • Millions of people listen to talk radio in every corner of the country, every day: we can reach people who might not otherwise ever see or hear our message.
  • Many talk shows have an open format - you can raise any issue.  It's best to know the one or two points you want to make on the call since there will most likely not be time for too much.

4) Use the online tools of media outlets.

  • Just about every media outlet now has some online way for people to express their opinions. Be sure to check out what's available in your area and then use those tools!

Finally, let us know if your group is taking up this work! Send a quick note to us at And be sure to let us know if there are specific resources you would like UFPJ to produce that can help make your efforts stronger and more successful.

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[This is the Gaza portion of this email]

Subject: RMPJC: Events, announcements
From: "carolyn bninski" <>
Date: Thu, Jan 08, 2009 10:44 pm
To: "CCJP Announce" <>, <>, <>
The following email contains:
1) Announcements; 2) RMPJC Sponsored  Events 3) Events of other organizations
GAZA:  Call Obama's transition office about Gaza and the need to end  U.S. support for the Israeli occupation: 202-540-3000 press 2 to speak to staff member
GAZA: An excellent article from today's New York Times  GAZA:  What You Don't Know About Gaza  By RASHID KHALIDI at
Spread it to others!
GAZA:  Find out 10 things you can do for Gaza from Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish woman who has spent a lot of time in Palestine with many links to petitions, congress, media, etc. at:   Be sure to scroll down.
GAZA LEAFLETTING  Help with leafleting about the attacks on Gaza. This Sunday from 6-7 at the Boulder Theater and other times. Call Carolyn  303-444-6981x2

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[A splice of the balance part]

Why Using Nazism and the Holocaust to Support Palestine is a Grave Error

1. Because if the killing of some hundreds, or even thousands of people is "genocide" on a par with the Holocaust, then where do you go when the death toll hits five or six figures? Just as the Israeli response in Gaza is deemed "disproportionate" by the international community, we need to recognize that some verbal responses are "disproportionate" as well.

2. Part of the desire to use the Holocaust against the Jews/Zionists/Israelis is a natural and understandable desire to 'tweak the noses' of one's opposition. This kind of dark sarcastic or spiteful language isn't unique to this issue, but it's rarely as harmful. The problem is that political messaging to observers doesn't work when couched in this kind of language. In the same way that email often fails to convey humor, dark and spiteful doesn't convey political messaging well.

3. The Holocaust is an awful tragedy that befell the Jewish people. Taking that experience and turning it around as verbal barbs against the same group is tasteless and offensive. It's like white people using the "N word". Even though Blacks do it, you can't.

4. The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has spread, and now includes many other groups. The Lebanese, for example, who paid an enormous price as a consequence of the Nakba. Or the Jordanians, whose demographics were drastically altered. By using Holocaust imagery and language, you are conveying that the opposition isn't merely Israel, or the Zionists, but all Jews. This has the effect of portraying your side as anti-Semitic, thus strengthening Israel's case. It also helps unite Jews in active or passive support of the Israeli PR effort.

Notice I'm being careful in my words to convey mostly strategic reasons to avoid this kind of imagery. There is of course, the moral and ethical imperative to treat other groups, and the sacred cows of those other groups, with a certain degree of respect. That doesn't mean supporting Israel just because most Jews do; Israel is a legitimate political issue. Violating Jewish sensibilities to score rhetorical point for Palestinians is cheap, mean-spirited, hateful, dishonest and vicious. These are sentiments that play well (sadly) with some overwhelmingly Arab, Muslim and far-left audiences. Since it comes at the cost of building support for Palestinian rights in the Western world, we can also say that using this language is also, ultimately, a blow against the Palestinian cause.

And a shout out to April Rosenblum's excellent pamphlet "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere" about anti-Semitism on the left. You can see a free version here.

Subject: [CCJP-discuss] Re: [dnc] Pro-Gaza Vigil - Monday, Jan 5th @ 5PM in Denver
From: Michael Pugliese <>
Date: Sun, Jan 04, 2009 7:33 pm

[Oops, now I know why my Jewish peace activists friends just shook their heads and walked away. I do understand how Jews feel about "Never again" and "a Jewish Homeland." And I understand how many have taken this too far. And I understand how Palestinians want a homeland too, and feel like they are being made slaves of Israel, starved into submission, no economy without Israeli agents. And I understand how many have taken this too far. Walt]

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Subject: RMPJC: Act to end the attacks on Gaza
From: "carolyn bninski" <>
Date: Sun, Jan 04, 2009 5:51 pm
To: "CCJP Announce" <>, <>, <>
Peace vigil in Boulder to protest the attacks on Gaza Monday:
Monday, January 5
12:00 noon to 1 p.m. 
Canyon and Broadway, Boulder .
You can send a letter to the President, State Department and Members of Congress at
Contact the president 202-456-1111; 202-456-2461 (fax)
Demand an unconditional, immediate cease-fire; full humanitarian access to Gaza and a lifting of Israel’s siege; and accountability for Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons to kill Palestinian civilians.
I've updated the Congressional delegation. New people haven't set up their Congressional offices yet and are using other numbers listed below. If anyone has additional information let me know.
Contact Congress in Washington D.C.: 1-800-828-0498; 202-224-3121
Senator Ken Salazar   Phone: 303-455-7600    Fax: 303-455-8851
Senator Mark Udall  1-800-828-0498
Rep. Jared Polis   303-865-3950  Email:
Rep. Mike Coffman  303-791-6453   Fax;  303-791-6451
Rep. Diana DeGette   Phone: 303-844-4988  Fax: 303-844-4996
Rep. Ed Perlmutter   Phone: 303-274-7944  Fax: 303-274-6455
Rep. John Salazar   Phone: 719-543-8200    Fax: 719-543-8204
Rep, Betsy Markey   970-221-1473
Rep. Doug Lamborn   719-520-0055  Fax: 719-520-0840
Talk to your friends, relatives etc and ask them to do the above.
For more info about what you can do, see U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli
Occupation's latest action alert at
To keep updated on what is happening and for analysis go to: www.endtheoccupation.org, www.electronicintifadalorg,
A pwerful article:
Carolyn Bninski
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King

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Subject: Gifts to support Palestinians
From: "carolyn bninski" <>
Date: Fri, Dec 19, 2008 5:28 pm
To: "CCJP Announce" <>, <>, <>

Gifts to Support a Cause


Selection of Items:


Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.  Calendars, videos, books, embroidery


Assorted olive wood items from the occupied territories (bowls, candlesticks, pencil

holders, camels, angels, etc.). 303-494-2338


American Educational Trust. Embroidery, greeting cards, olive oil & soap,

poetry, and solidarity items.


2009 Calendars:


Olive Oil:

Oliv You & Me: 2043 Broadway, Boulder.



Music: Marcel Khalife.


Books: (Recommended Bookstore is Left Hand Books)

A Life in Pencil, poems by Ghada Kanafani; purchase from RMPJC: 303-444-6981


Flawed Landscape: Poems 1987-2008, by Sharif S. Elmusa


Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories, by Anna Balzer.


An Israeli in Palestine, by Jeff Halper.


Let It Be Morning, by Sayed Kashua


Moghrabi's Olives, by Deborah Rohan Schlueter

Check the book list on the Americans for Middle East Understanding site:


American Educational Trust (publisher of Washington

Report on Middle East Affairs).


Organizations to make donations to:


See the Washington Report Web site for a more extensive list of charitable organizations that accept and need donations.


Addameer—Prisoners’ Rights and Support Group. Supports Palestinian political prisoners through visits, aid, advocacy and the media.

Al-Rowwad Center. An independent Center for artistic, cultural, and theatre training for children in Aida Camp


Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (AL-JANA). A non-profit organization, in a Beirut camp to help refugee children retain Palestinian culture, history, and folklore, all of which help to build young refugees' sense of identity, meaning, and self-esteem.

Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP). Provides urgently needed mental care for residents of the Gaza Strip.

The Jerusalem Fund. Provides grants for humanitarian and cultural projects in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan, and educational projects in the U.S.

Kinder USA. Supports relief and development programs in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Global organization that provides emergency medical relief across the Arab and Muslim world, including the victims of the recent war in Lebanon.


Middle East Children’s Alliance. Promotes peace and justice in the Middle East, focusing on Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Iraq through educating North Americans about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and supporting relief and development projects in the region.


Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund. Supports educational and health programs for Palestinian children living in West Bank and Gaza Strip refugee camps.


Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. The Corrie family foundation promotes educational programs in the U.S. and economic, environmental and social justice in Rafah, where Rachel Corrie was killed.


US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The US Campaign aims to change U.S. policies that sustain Israel's 41-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and that deny equal rights for all.

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An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Between Hope and Reality

Dear Senator Obama:
In your nearly two-year presidential campaign, the words "hope and change," "change and hope" have been your trademark declarations. Yet there is an asymmetry between those objectives and your political character that succumbs to contrary centers of power that want not "hope and change" but the continuation of the power-entrenched status quo.
Far more than Senator McCain, you have received enormous, unprecedented contributions from corporate interests, Wall Street interests and, most interestingly, big corporate law firm attorneys. Never before has a Democratic nominee for President achieved this supremacy over his Republican counterpart. Why, apart from your unconditional vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, are these large corporate interests investing so much in Senator Obama? Could it be that in your state Senate record, your U.S. Senate record and your presidential campaign record (favoring nuclear power, coal plants, offshore oil drilling, corporate subsidies including the 1872 Mining Act and avoiding any comprehensive program to crack down on the corporate crime wave and the bloated, wasteful military budget, for example) you have shown that you are their man?
To advance change and hope, the presidential persona requires character, courage, integrity-- not expediency, accommodation and short-range opportunism. Take, for example, your transformation from an articulate defender of Palestinian rights in Chicago before your run for the U.S. Senate to an acolyte, a dittoman for the hard-line AIPAC lobby, which bolsters the militaristic oppression, occupation, blockage, colonization and land-water seizures over the years of the Palestinian peoples and their shrunken territories in the West Bank and Gaza. Eric Alterman summarized numerous polls in a December 2007 issue of The Nation magazine showing that AIPAC policies are opposed by a majority of Jewish-Americans.
You know quite well that only when the U.S. Government supports the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, that years ago worked out a detailed two-state solution (which is supported by a majority of Israelis and Palestinians) , will there be a chance for a peaceful resolution of this 60-year plus conflict. Yet you align yourself with the hard-liners, so much so that in your infamous, demeaning speech to the AIPAC convention right after you gained the nomination of the Democratic Party, you supported an "undivided Jerusalem ," and opposed negotiations with Hamas-- the elected government in Gaza . Once again, you ignored the will of the Israeli people who, in a March 1, 2008 poll by the respected newspaper Haaretz, showed that 64% of Israelis favored "direct negotiations with Hamas." Siding with the AIPAC hard-liners is what one of the many leading Palestinians advocating dialogue and peace with the Israeli people was describing when he wrote "Anti-semitism today is the persecution of Palestinian society by the Israeli state."
During your visit to Israel this summer, you scheduled a mere 45 minutes of your time for Palestinians with no news conference, and no visit to Palestinian refugee camps that would have focused the media on the brutalization of the Palestinians. Your trip supported the illegal, cruel blockade of Gaza in defiance of international law and the United Nations charter. You focused on southern Israeli casualties which during the past year have totaled one civilian casualty to every 400 Palestinian casualties on the Gaza side. Instead of a statesmanship that decried all violence and its replacement with acceptance of the Arab League's 2002 proposal to permit a viable Palestinian state within the 1967 borders in return for full economic and diplomatic relations between Arab countries and Israel, you played the role of a cheap politician, leaving the area and Palestinians with the feeling of much shock and little awe.
David Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator, described your trip succinctly: "There was almost a willful display of indifference to the fact that there are two narratives here. This could serve him well as a candidate, but not as a President."
Palestinian American commentator, Ali Abunimah, noted that Obama did not utter a single criticism of Israel , "of its relentless settlement and wall construction, of the closures that make life unlivable for millions of Palestinians. ...Even the Bush administration recently criticized Israeli's use of cluster bombs against Lebanese civilians [see for elaboration] . But Obama defended Israeli's assault on Lebanon as an exercise of its 'legitimate right to defend itself.'"
In numerous columns Gideon Levy, writing in Haaretz, strongly criticized the Israeli government's assault on civilians in Gaza , including attacks on "the heart of a crowded refugee camp... with horrible bloodshed" in early 2008.
Israeli writer and peace advocate-- Uri Avnery-- described Obama's appearance before AIPAC as one that "broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning, adding that Obama "is prepared to sacrifice the most basic American interests. After all, the US has a vital interest in achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace that will allow it to find ways to the hearts of the Arab masses from Iraq to Morocco . Obama has harmed his image in the Muslim world and mortgaged his future-- if and when he is elected president.," he said, adding, "Of one thing I am certain: Obama's declarations at the AIPAC conference are very, very bad for peace. And what is bad for peace is bad for Israel , bad for the world and bad for the Palestinian people."
A further illustration of your deficiency of character is the way you turned your back on the Muslim-Americans in this country. You refused to send surrogates to speak to voters at their events. Having visited numerous churches and synagogues, you refused to visit a single Mosque in America . Even George W. Bush visited the Grand Mosque in Washington D.C. after 9/11 to express proper sentiments of tolerance before a frightened major religious group of innocents.
Although the New York Times published a major article on June 24, 2008 titled "Muslim Voters Detect a Snub from Obama" (by Andrea Elliott), citing examples of your aversion to these Americans who come from all walks of life, who serve in the armed forces and who work to live the American dream. Three days earlier the International Herald Tribune published an article by Roger Cohen titled "Why Obama Should Visit a Mosque." None of these comments and reports change your political bigotry against Muslim-Americans- - even though your father was a Muslim from Kenya .
Perhaps nothing illustrated your utter lack of political courage or even the mildest version of this trait than your surrendering to demands of the hard-liners to prohibit former president Jimmy Carter from speaking at the Democratic National Convention. This is a tradition for former presidents and one accorded in prime time to Bill Clinton this year.
Here was a President who negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt , but his recent book pressing the dominant Israeli superpower to avoid Apartheid of the Palestinians and make peace was all that it took to sideline him. Instead of an important address to the nation by Jimmy Carter on this critical international problem, he was relegated to a stroll across the stage to "tumultuous applause," following a showing of a film about the Carter Center 's post-Katrina work. Shame on you, Barack Obama!
But then your shameful behavior has extended to many other areas of American life. (See the factual analysis by my running mate, Matt Gonzalez, on www.votenader. org). You have turned your back on the 100-million poor Americans composed of poor whites, African-Americans, and Latinos. You always mention helping the "middle class" but you omit, repeatedly, mention of the "poor" in America .
Should you be elected President, it must be more than an unprecedented upward career move following a brilliantly unprincipled campaign that spoke "change" yet demonstrated actual obeisance to the concentration power of the "corporate supremacists. " It must be about shifting the power from the few to the many. It must be a White House presided over by a black man who does not turn his back on the downtrodden here and abroad but challenges the forces of greed, dictatorial control of labor, consumers and taxpayers, and the militarization of foreign policy. It must be a White House that is transforming of American politics-- opening it up to the public funding of elections (through voluntary approaches)- - and allowing smaller candidates to have a chance to be heard on debates and in the fullness of their now restricted civil liberties. Call it a competitive democracy.
Your presidential campaign again and again has demonstrated cowardly stands. "Hope" some say springs eternal." But not when "reality" consumes it daily.
Ralph Nader

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Subject: Re: [CCJP-discuss] Dream On
From: K DeBacker <>
Date: Thu, Nov 06, 2008 5:29 pm
To: carolyn bninski <>, moderator <>

Digby writes:
I was reading through the comment section of a few posts this morning (something I rarely can bring myself to do anymore) and I realized that I need to remind people of something that's very important for successful governance:

FDR was, of course, a consummate political leader. In one situation, a group came to him urging specific actions in support of a cause in which they deeply believed. He replied: "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it."

He understood that a President does not rule by fiat and unilateral commands to a nation. He must build the political support that makes his decisions acceptable to our countrymen. He read the public opinion polls not to define who he was but to determine where the country was – and then to strategize how he could move the country to the objectives he thought had to be carried out.
It is a matter of the grassroots organizing in order to exert pressure for change that we believe in.
In innumerable speeches Barack has said that it is up to YOU and I to promote the change that he will be "forced" to do.  We, as progressives and liberals, have to MAKE him do it through our power as citizens.
Nothing is simple and nothing will be given.  Every objective that we hold must be fought for and it is time to realize that we must be the leaders and the teacher to Obama.  Not the other way around.

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