[political allies] ActionCalendar: Please Contact State Department re: Clinton's Trip to Mid East/ Israeli Apartheid Week Calendar

Won't you take this much needed action now.

Marlena Santoyo


From: JVP-Talk@googlegroups.com

Sent: 2009 February 27 Friday 5:53 PM
Subject: [JVP Talk] ADC: Contact State Department re: Clinton's Trip to Mid East








TAKE ACTION NOW! Secretary Clinton Heads to The Mid East This Weekend!


As you know the Obama Administration has made a commitment to engage in peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Most recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell have traveled to the region. The United States is scheduled to donate close to 1 billion dollars for reconstruction in Gaza and has pledged to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.


This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called upon the State of Israel to allow humanitarian aid to enter into the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip has been blockaded by Israel and the civilians in the strip continue to face the hardships of daily life without sufficient food and water. Secretary Clinton's statements address the problem at the very foundation of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Israel must permit the borders to be open for life in Gaza to improve.


Take a moment to send a pre-written letter to Secretary Clinton and President Obama thanking them for calling upon Israel to open the crossings and urging them to continue to do so to help the civilians in Gaza.


Click Here to Send the Pre-Written Letter:




 Philadelphia Israeli Apartheid Week Calendar

First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar.  Last year, more than 25 cities around the world participated in the week's activities, which also commemorated 60 years since the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and land in 1947-1948.  IAW 2008 was launched with a live broadcast from the South African township of Soweto by Palestinian leader and former member of the Israeli Knesset, Azmi Bishara.

This year, IAW occurs in the wake of Israel's barbaric assault against the people of Gaza.  Lectures, films, and actions will make the point that these latest massacres further confirm the true nature of Israeli Apartheid.  IAW 2009 will continue to build and strengthen the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement at a global level.

Join us in Philadelphia for a week of action and education.

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailSaturday, February 28: Gaza Fundraiser

 5-8pm Calvary Church 48 & Baltimore Featuring: Middle Eastern Food, Presentations by Doctor Labiq Syed & Doctor Labib Syed, brothers of John Hopkins & members of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, who recently traveled overseas to provide care in war-torn Gaza and will share information about their trip.

Spoken Word: Poets Aysha El Shamayleh & Ashraf Osman, Music by: Paddy Corcoran (of Paddy and the Hostages), Informational Loop Presentation created by Aine Fox Tickets: $10 - General Admission $25 & Above - Solidarity $5 for unemployed & students Call 215-724-1618 or email phillyiac@action-mail.org for ticket information or to make reservations. All proceeds to the Emergency Gaza Appeal of the United Palestinian Appeal Sunday,

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailSunday, March 1st and Monday, March 2nd: City-wide Guerrilla Media Event
email sustainphilly@gmail.com for more information

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailTuesday, March 3rd: Occupation 101 Documentary Screening followed by an Open Forum   7.00PM  Fisher-Bennett 401 (3340 Walnut St). Co-Sponsored by: Penn for Palestine, SUSTAIN, Jews for a Just Peace  Join us as we watch this wonderful documentary, followed by an open forum.
Documentary Synopsis:
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.   Email pennforpalestine@gmail.com

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailWednesday March 4th: Protest Motorola! 
Meet at 12:30pm at 18th and Chestnut to protest Motorola’s complicity in Israel's human rights violations and military occupation.  There are 4 cell phone stores at 18th and Chestnut, all that sell Motorola phones and we will call on the corporation to cease producing and selling equipment to the Israeli army to prevent its involvement in future abuses. Email sustainphilly@gmail.com for more info

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailThursday, March 5th: Divestment Teach in, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine Temple SJP reignites their divestment campaign with a Divestment Teach-In at 5:30 pm in the Student Center (corner of 13th and Montgomery) room 220.  Email monirage@gmail.com for more information

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailFriday, March 6th: Bubbes and Zaydes Israeli Consulate Vigil
Noon, Corner of 19th and JFK Email cswartz@pil.net for more information

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailSaturday, March 7th: Silent candlelight protest at the Opening Night Gala of the Israeli Film Festival Candlelight Demonstration at the "Gala Opening" of the Israeli Film Festival of Greater Philadelphia -- gather at 7pm in front of the Gershman YMHA (Broad and Pine Streets) - please dress in black, bring a candle and join Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace in solidarity with the Palestinian people  contact phillyjjp@gmail.com for more info

cid:B68@goomoji.gmailSunday, March 8th: International Women's Day March

At 12 Noon, we will rally at City Hall, march down Broad Street with banners, signs, songs and chants, and continue the program with our afternoon Speakout and Cultural Performances, at 260 South Broad Street.  Bring Palestinian flags, banners, and signs supporting Palestinian women and children.






Saturday, March 7, 2009 1.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Penn Newman Center

3720 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

(Use Rear Entrance or via Sansom St.)


Saturday, March 7, 2009

10.30 AM - 12.00 NOON

Thomas Jefferson University

Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Bldg 

11th & Locust Sts., Philadelphia

Free and Open to the Public. All are welcome! 

Your Voluntary Contributions are appreciated to defray expenses & to promote HR 676.


Join Representative Conyers, author of

The United States National Health Care Act, HR 676

("Expanded & Improved Medicare for ALL")

And other Elected Officials

Sponsored by:

Physicians for a National Health Program, Healthcare-Now!, Health Care for All Philadelphia

Contact: Diane Mohney, RN Tel: 215-385-0455 Email: Dianemohgo@aol.com OR Henry D'Silva, MD Tel: 267-679-0617 Email: henrydsilva@comcast.net

Labor donated

Physicians for a National Health Program

29 E Madison Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone (312) 782-6006 | Fax: (312) 782-6007

www.pnhp.org | info@pnhp.org


Subject: [Activists] Join 100 for Justice


Would your organization, or would you individually, like to join over

100 peace and justice organizations and many prominent citizens in

proposing that we enforce our laws even when the criminals are big shots?


Go to http://prosecutebushcheney.org or send the name and website of

your organization to david@davidswanson.org


Do you know of any major organizations that you can contact and urge to

sign on?  Please do so.


And please send an Email to everyone you know asking them to personally

sign on at http://prosecutebushcheney.org




"The Soul in Depression"

One in ten Americans, and even more dramatically, about one in four women, will experience clinical depression at some point in their lives. In this program we explore spiritual dimensions of this illness and its aftermath.

{ This is an encore presentation of a program last broadcast in 2006 }


>> Check it out at http://www.elabs7.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=fj6,e8k1,dv,dyxe,hybv,kw0f,dnhp


"The Nature of Human Vitality"

We're increasingly aware in our culture of the many faces of depression, and we've become conversant in the language of psychological analysis and medical treatment for it. But depression has a profound spiritual effect that is much harder to speak about and can often only be traced years onward. Still, like many things that are difficult to speak of -- and given the epidemic scale of this illness in our society -- this is important reflection for our common life. The three voices in this program bring rare, brave, and helpful insights into the light.


Depression is not essentially about being sad, or down, or blue, though these may be symptoms. In the illuminating language of Andrew Solomon in this week's program, the opposite of depression is not happiness -- it is "human vitality." It can have purely physiological origins. It may be triggered by old sadnesses grown unbearable or anger turned inward, as one saying goes. But it becomes a way of being in, and moving through, the world.

But a cautionary word is necessary. In the midst of depression, very little if anything is possible in the way of spiritual reflection. The insights of this program are all hard-won and came much, much later after a period of recovery and healing. If you know someone who is depressed now, or if you yourself are in that state, go gently, seek help, and don't expect spiritual breakthroughs.


In a section of this week's program that many people describe as helpful, Parker Palmer tells of the friend who helped him most during his worst episode. The friend came and sat silently with him, day after day, and "merely" massaged his feet. In such simple human gestures we find the most essential comfort.



"The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression"

by Andrew Solomon


There are three exceptional books to recommend from this program. Andrew Solomon's National Book Award winner, "The Noonday Demon," lives up to its subtitle -- it is an "atlas" of depression, with voluminous detail and insight into historical, sociological, medical, and religious approaches to this disease. Solomon's intimacy with his subject deepens and grounds his academic investigation.


"Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation"

by Parker J. Palmer


Parker Palmer devotes two chapters of his small, powerful book, "Let Your Life Speak," to recounting his experience of depression and his spiritual insights from it. They are set, appropriately, in the context of his larger reflections on discerning meaning and purpose in the whole of a life.


"Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God"

by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy


Anita Barrows' translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Book of Hours:

Love Poems to God is among my most treasured reading. Together with her colleague, the Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, Barrows has produced a creative work that captures Rilke's lush language and ideas better than any more literal translation I have seen. These are poems that nourish in the light and the darkness of life.


> Find these books and several more at http://www.elabs7.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=fj6,e8k1,dv,jzoa,7dhr,kw0f,dnhp



Words matter. Read an online transcript of last week's program "Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth." Free for you to read online, at your leisure.


> Read it at http://www.elabs7.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=fj6,e8k1,dv,b7dw,440b,kw0f,dnhpMPR