Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Rachel Corrie Foundation Presents Gaza on my Mind

Via The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice:

Join Us to Celebrate the Ninth Anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s Stand for Human Rights in Gaza!

Community Potluck, Featured Speakers, Music and Dancing

Friday, March 16, join other community members at “Gaza on My Mind” to mark the ninth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's stand for human rights in Rafah, Gaza. The commemorative event, an annual project of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, will begin at 6:00 p.m. Location: The Eagles Ballroom, 805 4th Avenue E. in downtown Olympia, WA.

Bring a potluck dish to share.
Beverages and Arab sweets for dessert will be provided!
This event is free to the public. Donations are welcome.

Emmet Whitaker of Corvallis, Oregon, member of Gaza Exchange, will speak of his experiences teaching art in Gaza in 2011, and about the children’s art that has been exchanged between children in Gaza and Corvallis.

Kit Kittredge, Washington state resident, will share her experience on the most recent flotilla to Gaza. In a Democracy Now! interview, Kit noted, “I’ve been to Gaza five times in the last three years. ...and the Palestinian people got to my heart...they were basically saying, 'Tell the world what’s going on. The world doesn’t know. We want peace.' And truly, in my five returns there, that is what I’ve seen them working for.”

Rachel Corrie wrote in 2003, "... This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. I don't think it's an extremist thing to do anymore. I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers. But I also want this to stop."

Richard Lopez will play a short live performance and, inspired by Rachel, the evening will close with music and dancing hosted by KAOS Radio’s DJ Sy, host of the “Junglee Hour” Saturdays on KAOS.

The event is co-sponsored by Coffee Strong, BRICK, and Shangri-La Intentional Community.

RSVP for the event here !

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