National & International Action:



Rally for Guaranteed Single-Payer Healthcare For All


May 30th - Philadelphia, PA

Time:  Saturday, May 30, 2009- 12 Noon to 1:30 PM

Place:  Cigna's Headquarters

Two Liberty Place, 16th & Chestnut Sts. Phila., PA

      Contact: 267-515-2400

Sponsored by:

Healthcare for All Philadelphia, Healthcare for all PA, PA Assoc. of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, Healthcare NOW, Progressive Democrats of america, CNA National Nurses Organizing Committee, Physicians for a National Health Program, Americans for Democratic Action.




PUP Jazz Fest- Fun time for a good cause


Budesa Brothers and Lucky Thompson with vocalist Ms Michàl  Beckham

Friday June 12 6-10 PM, Unitarian Church, 22nd and Chestnut Sts.


To benefit the Philadelphia Unemployment Project-  Honoring former PUP Chair and community activist Oscar Young

      All you can eat home cooked soul food buffet- Tickets $35- $25 for PUP members

      more information :215-557-0822


Can you host a fellow MoveOn member who is coming to Philadelphia in June?


MoveOn members are coming to town for "Camp MoveOn," an exciting grassroots leadership training. We're working with the same folks who created "Camp Obama," one of the secrets behind the Obama campaign's effective organizing.

To keep it affordable, we're looking for places for MoveOn members to stay. Do you have a spare bed or couch you can offer from June 19th to 21st?




National & International Action:


Stand Up For Health Care" <>


Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to draft important pieces of health care reform legislation this summer. Finally.

You've waited a long time for Washington to step up to the plate and fix our broken health care system. Now that change is finally here, we’ll help you stay at the center of the action.

The Stand Up for Health Care blog is your one-stop source for all things health care reform. This is still your fight -- so stay in the know by reading our blog:

Our blog is more than just a news source, it’s a conversation. The legislative process can be long and complicated, so it's important our health care dialogue stays alive.

After you read an article, go to the comments section and share your thoughts. You can even ask a question or raise a concern. We’ll do our best to answer your questions and let you connect with other folks around the country with the same concerns.

As part of the Stand Up family, we care about what you think. We want to make sure your voice remains in the conversation, but we can't do that unless you speak up.

Check out the latest health care news on our blog today and leave a comment:


Single Payer Action: Disruption of Congress or Corruption of Congress?


Marvelous video on single payer




Settlement Freeze NOW



Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rejection of a full settlement freeze, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that President Obama "wants to see a stop to settlements - not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions." [1]

Amen. A freeze means a freeze.

This is exactly the sort of leadership we need from the President and Secretary of State if we are going to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - the only way to truly secure Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic homeland.

You can bet the Obama Administration is already hearing from hawkish voices on Israel - urging him to make exceptions, allow for more settlement growth, and to go slow.

No way - a freeze means a freeze. We've got to make sure the President knows pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans support his strong line on settlements, for both Israel's and America's sake and security.

Click here to send the President a message telling him you support his "Freeze means Freeze" approach to Israeli settlements.

Continued Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank is a real obstacle to peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians - and as President Obama said, settlements "have to be stopped." [2]

Of course, Israeli settlements aren't the only obstacle to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.he Palestinians also have responsibilities of their own - they must bring an end to terror and incitement against Israel and maintain a ceasefire in Gaza.

Israel also needs to allow for Palestinian freedom of movement in the West Bank and to open the Gaza border crossings for humanitarian supplies and reconstruction materials.

You and I know that the dance between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama over settlements is just getting started. As in the past, Netanyahu will stall - hoping his American backers have enough time to undermine the President's efforts in Congress or convince the President that the political costs of bold leadership are too high.

We've got to make sure the President and his Administration hear from the majority of Americans like us who support the President's call for a settlement freeze, without exceptions, right now.

Isaac Luria
Campaigns Director, J Street

J Street is the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.
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CODEPINK is calling on concerned citizens everywhere to sign its petition

 to President Obama by visiting



The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009


14 June 2009 – 16 August 2009

June 14th – July 12th 2009 (first month)- July 13th – August 16th 2009 (second month)

      Come and celebrate Palestine! The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine. Learn Arabic and study Palestinian history at Bethlehem University, spend time with local families and volunteer with a community organization.


The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009 will take place in Bethlehem from June 14th to August 16th. The program consists of two terms: June 14th to July 12 th , and July 13th to August 16th. Program participants can choose to stay for one or both terms. The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University ( and the U.S.-based Society for Biblical Studies ( Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials.


For more information:


2- The Nativity Trail

08 Oct 2009 until 19 Oct 2009 ,  29 Oct 2009 until 09 Nov 2009

12 Nov 2009 until 23 Nov 2009 ,  13 Dec 2009 until 24 Dec 2009

      Come and Walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem and Follow the Steps of the Holy Family

Come and discover Palestine and the Holy Land

Come and meet the people, Come and meet the Culture of the land

We are looking forward for having you with us,


George S. Rishmawi, Coordinator,

Siraj, Center For Holy Land Studies

Beit Sahour, Schoold Street

P.O.Box 48



     Website:, Tel: +972 2 274 8590

Fax: +972 2 274 8774, Mobile: 0599 180 872, USA number: 1 989 607 9480



REMINDER: Eduardo Galeano

Don't miss the acclaimed author of Open Veins of Latin America (the gift that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave to President Obama) in a rare appearance in a wide-ranging conversation as he discusses his new book,

Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone from Nation Books.

Co-sponsored by Haymarket Books, The Nation,, Democracy Now!, KPFA, Lapham's Quarterly and The Paris Review.


"Galeano's stories register the imaginations of our mythmaking species, the elaborate gestures of (gendered) forms of power and the spirit of rebellion and resilience that fires the underdog masses."

    — Publishers Weekly, starred review


"To publish Eduardo Galeano is to publish the enemy: the enemy of lies, indifference, above all of forgetfulness. Thanks to him, our crimes will be remembered. His tenderness is devastating, his truthfulness furious."

    — John Berger

Other events across the United States

May 26 - Washington, D.C, 7 p.m.

Politics & Prose

May 27 - New York City, 7 p.m. The New York Society for Ethical Culture

June 2 - Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia

June 4 - Seattle, 7:30 p.m. Seattle Town Hall

June 10 - Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Lensic Performing Arts Center

June 11 - Los Angeles, 7 p.m. Los Angeles Public Library

June 12 - San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. Berkeley's Arts and Letters