Rally Tuesday, June 1 , 5pm, 42nd Street & 2nd Avenue
Israeli Forces Murder Ten Human Rights Activists and Injure Scores More,New Yorkers plan street action and demand immediate freeze of aid to Israel.
On Memorial Day, as Americans mourn the loss of lives in our nation’s wars, people in the US and around the world will be mourning and rallying against the assassination of human rights activists killed by Israeli snipers with bullets paid for by US tax dollars. While reports continue to stream in so far, ten activists are reported dead with over fifty wounded by the Israeli Military takeover of the ships early Monday morning.
The killed and wounded were members of a humanitarian aid convoy bound for the Palestinian Gaza strip sailing under the name of the Free Gaza Flotilla. The Flotilla which comprises over 700 people from 40 countries was in international waters when the Israeli Military forces boarded and began shooting passengers.
Initially, the flotilla was surrounded by 14 Israeli warships as Israeli military helicopters hovered above. In a calculated military operation, Israeli soldiers then roped down onto the boats and began shooting. Live footage from one of the boats reveals the Israeli soldiers were heavily masked and carrying live ammunition which they used on the unarmed passengers. None of the passengers or activists were armed.
The Israeli government in recent days announced its intention to prevent the Humanitarian Aid Flotilla from reaching the Palestinian shores of Gaza. Tonight, Israeli officials stated that Israeli Armed Forces opened fire because the boats refused to dock in the Israeli port of Ashdod.
Flotilla organizers have pointed out that on all prior occasions when the Israelis made this demand, the Israelis seized and refused to release the aid supplies. The organizers support their position by noting that the point of their trip is the long standing Israeli siege of Gaza which prevents Palestinians in Gaza from accessing the most basic food and medical items.
Protests have already broken out around the world. Huge numbers in Ankara and Istanbul have been demonstrating all day Sunday, and after news of the Israeli military operation leaked, the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul was occupied by Turkish activists enraged at the sniper operation.
A wide coalition of activists, including Al-Awda NY, the Gaza Freedom March, and American Muslims for Palestine are calling for rallies in NY. Organizers are asking people to call the State Department and your Congressional representatives to demand that all aid to Israel, military and economic, be cut off.
Israel has been able to create over the past 12 hours a news blackout, just as it did with its attack on Gaza 18 months ago, into which our main media organisations have willingly allowed Israeli spokespeople to step in unchallenged.
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On Tuesday evening Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled a stretch of windows displaying the merchandise of some of its signature designers including Comme des Garçons, Alexander McQueen and Issey Miyake. The windows incorporate art work created by a handful of artists who are included in the upcoming MoMA PS1 show “Greater New York,” which opens May 23 in the museum’s Long Island City home.
The arrangement with Saks is similar to others the museum has done in the past, a MoMA PS1 spokeswoman said. But the interplay between commerce and culture often raises difficult questions.
Artists for the project were chosen by the museum, then given instructions by Saks. They were encouraged—but not required—to incorporate merchandise in their work, according to Julio Gomez, Saks’s director of windows, and all 11 displays include Saks-sold products. Artists—rather than window designers—chose the merchandise they wished to include, a scenario that a spokeswoman for Saks described as “unique” but not unprecedented. Some of the artwork displayed was created specifically for the windows.
The idea for the collaboration originated with the museum. The MoMA PS1 spokeswoman said that curators helped select the artists for the project, but that “there is not a significant curatorial process with regard to the collaboration with Saks.”
"They have to show a little bit of merchandise in there, and hopefully they’re okay with that," Mr. Gomez said.
Not everyone was. Artist Brody Condon said that the concept made him “uncomfortable” initially. “There are obvious crossovers between the art world and the fashion world and I’m not always clear about my relationship with either one,” he said. “The boundaries are very blurry.”
Mr. Condon, a New York-based installation artist, said he ultimately appreciated the opportunity to use the venue because it presented “an interesting installation environment.”
Other artists said they had no qualms about the arrangement. “I kind of welcome any opportunity to get my work out there and I think in this situation it’s going to reach a different audience than it would at PS1,” Virginia Overton said. “I say bring it on.”
Armed with a blow dryer and brush, deft wrist action and shrewd promotional tactics, immigrants from the Dominican Republic are snipping away market share from African-American stylists whose mastery of black women’s hair ensured for generations that their customers wouldn’t, or couldn’t, leave them. Promises of seemingly healthier hair, swifter service and far lower prices are wooing away a growing number of black women.
The defections have infuriated African-American stylists who insist that their methods are safe and that they are more highly trained than the Dominicans are. “It’s hard enough in these times, but they are undercutting our prices, even passing out fliers to our own clients,” complains Atlanta hairdresser Jannifer Jackson, whose cancellations and no-shows began piling up once a Dominican salon opened about a mile away last summer.
Both sorts of stylists wash, set hair in rollers and seat customers under big dryers. African-American stylists typically use a curling iron to unfurl the hair, while Dominicans use a two-handed method of unraveling the strands with a round brush, followed by a blow dryer in the other hand to smooth the curl to a straight finish. Dominicans do so by pulling from the hair root, often forcefully. That, along with applying the second round of intense heat, leads to breakage, say black stylists and some customers. Dominican stylists deny the accusations. The majority of Dominicans are themselves black, and like African-Americans, they developed their skills by styling their own hair. “We have stylists—black stylists—all the time calling and asking to come and train with us,” boasts Alfredo Rhoden, co-owner of Dominican Hair Salon by Massiel in suburban Atlanta.
Seriously???? These are serious replies??? I’m so infuriated!!!!
Imagine a White Studies course, promoting white people and so-called white people’s “values.”. Jeez, I can hardly wait to witness these same people who promote ethnic studies now that would be in a near-state of aggitated riot over something so presumtious as “White” anything.
I’m sorry, but for starters… it’s called “American” History.
AL-AWDA-NY, THE PALESTINE RIGHT TO RETURN COALITION
WELCOMES YOU TO:
AN AFTERNOON FOR PALESTINE, COMMEMORATE AL NAKBA, BUILD OUR RESISTANCE
SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010 AT 1P.M.
MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY YOUTH CENTER
1933 BATH AVE BROOKLYN NY (D/M TO 20th AVENUE STOP)
With: SPOKEN WORD ARTIST TAHANI SALAH, PALESTINE JEOPARDY, YOUTH TALENT, POETRY, EDUCATION AND ORGANIZING FOR PALESTINE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF AL NAKBA
62 YEARS OF ISRAELI OCCUPATION, STILL BUILDING FOR LIBERATION: AN AFTERNOON FOR PALESTINE
“Our Old do not die and our Young shall never forget.” — Al-Awda-NY
For 62 years, Palestinians have lived in exile and occupation, comprising the oldest and largest refugee population that daily grows as Israelis continue to ethnically cleanse Palestine from its native people. For 62 years Palestinians and Arabs across the Arab world have fought to resist the Zionist policies of the Israeli government and its supporters.
As we near the 62nd anniversary of, Al-Nakba, the Zionist Israeli Occupation and Colonization of Palestine, Al-Awda-NY calls on friends of Palestine to join Al-Awda in commemorating the suffering of the Palestinian People, to celebrate Arab resistance, and to build the movement for a Free Palestine.
Join Al-Awda-NY on Saturday May 15, 2010 at 1p.m. for an afternoon of Poetry, Videos, a Game of Palestine Jeopardy, Youth Talent Show, and Organizing to strengthen our support for the liberation of Palestine and help the return of the Refugees.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To be part of the youth talent showcase, please contact: Dima Abisaab, Dima.email@example.com
YOUTH TALENT SHOW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS COMMEMORATE AL-NAKBA CELEBRATE PALESTINE May 15, 2010 marks the 62nd anniversary of the exile, ethnic cleansing and increasing occupation of Palestine. Al-Awda-NY will host an afternoon of Education, Culture and Organizing for Palestine, its people and our land.
In commemoration of our fallen Palestinian People and in celebration of Arab Resistance , Al-Awda-NY, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition of NY, is accepting submissions for the talent portion of the festival on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1 pm.
· The Talent Show is open to all Supporters of Palestine between the ages of 4 and 21 years.
· Submissions can be in any form: spoken word, small scale paintings, sketch, dance, song, musical, comedy and any other art form.
· The focus of the submission must be Palestine. For example the theme could be any of the following: ‘What It Means To Be Palestinian’; ‘What Palestine Means To Me’; ‘How I Maintain My Arab/Palestinian Heritage’, ‘Return to Palestine’, etc.
· The deadline for submissions is May 13, 2010. Those interested can email Lamis Deek at Lamisjd@aol.com, or Dima Abisaab at Dima.firstname.lastname@example.org , or leave a message at (718) 228 8636 be sure to indicate your FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER, THEME & TYPE OF SUBMISSION, & AGE.
· PLEASE NOTE: Although the deadline for this festival is May 13th, we will have similar events throughout the year, so if you are interested in participating or performing in future events please forward your information or leave a message.
All acceptable submissions will be showcased in the Hall, from the Stage or however you would like to have it showcased. We are anxious to hear from you and share your love for Palestine!
“of brown girls who/ carry themselves folded in/ and under, hiding their bodies/ because they learned young/ es peligroso to draw attention// de las morenas quien/ saben la vida es dura/ who learn this before/ they even learn to speak/ and know better than to complain….”—
• Matter of Trust is collecting hair from barbershops and salons, as well as old pantyhose, to create booms that absorb oil, preventing it from reaching the shore. Find out how to donate here.
• The National Wildlife Federation has sent a team of wildlife experts to assess the devastating impact of this unfolding tragedy on the region’s communities, wildlife, marshes, and wetlands. They are taking donations to help rescue otters, loggerhead sea turtles, brown pelicans, and 400 other species that live in the region.
• Tri-State Bird and Rescue is overseeing the wildlife rehabilitation response along the Gulf Coast and working closely with many collaborating organizations. Call 1-800-557-1401 to report oiled or injured wildlife. People are urged not to attempt to help injured or oiled animals, but to report any sightings via the toll-free number. Learn more about volunteering here, and donate here.
• The Deepwater Horizon Response Volunteer Request Line has been established to organize and inform volunteers who want to help clean up beaches. If you can donate time or use of a vessel or equipment, call 1-866-448-5816.
• The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is looking for volunteers for a variety of jobs, from oiled wildlife recovery to monitoring and photographing oil movement. Anyone with experience in dealing with wildlife handling, rehabilitation, or hazardous materials clean up is strongly encouraged to register as a volunteer here. Donate to the coalition here.
• Mobile Baykeeper is an environmental group focused on mitigating the spill’s impact in the Mobile, Alabama area. Email email@example.com if you can volunteer time or access to a boat. Donate to the group’s spill relief efforts here.
As many as six out of every 10 Central American women and girls are raped as they pass through Mexico hoping to cross illegally into the United States, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The rapists include criminal gang members as well as local authorities in collusion with them, said Rupert Knox, an Amnesty International researcher on Mexico.
The London-based human rights group issued a 48-page report titled “Invisible Victims” that says that tens of thousands of migrants, nearly all of them from Central America, fall prey to gangs that rob, kidnap or rape them as they cross Mexico. Much of the abuse occurs in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, where criminals who are in cahoots with conductors and local, state or federal police halt freight trains, which often are carrying hundreds of illegal migrants, it said. Problems are also severe in Tabasco and Veracruz states. Many migrants who pass through those states, Knox said, “suffer abductions, sexual abuse, mistreatment, extortion, murder and other abuses that they endure in this voyage of terror.”
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign www.prolibertadweb.com firstname.lastname@example.org ProLibertad Hotline: 718-601-4751
FREE AVELINO GONZALEZ CLAUDIO!
Friday April 30th, 2010 at 6:30pm St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 521 W126th St. (Btwn. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.) Take the 1 train to W125th St. $10 Donation (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds) Light refreshments will be served
Who is Avelino González Claudio?
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign and El Comité Familiares y Amigos/as De Avelino González Claudio from Puerto Rico will answer that question with a special forum and discussion on the life and political work of the newest Puerto Rican Political Prisoner!
Hear from Avelino’s family what we can do to support this incredible brother! Join us as we build support for Avelino González Claudio!
Blanca Figueroa, Avelino’s wife
Juan González Pedrosa, Avelino’s Son
Frank Velgara, ProLibertad
On April 4th, 2010 the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners will have completed 30 years in jail for FIGHTING FOR PUERTO RICAN INDPENDENCE!!
Every April, ProLibertad organizes a series of events to denounce the arrests of our political prisoners. We use this month as a time to raise awareness around the prisoners and of Puerto Rico’s colonial reality.
On May Day tens of thousands of people will attend hundreds of marches all across the country. We’ll stand together to show our leaders that we’re not going to wait any longer for them to fix our broken immigration system. All of us, immigrants and native-born citizens, will be united to show the world that this country needs comprehensive immigration reform now. Our vision of reform includes immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens working shoulder to shoulder to achieve better wages, working conditions, and labor protections—making sure everyone is playing by the same set of rules so that it is harder for unscrupulous employers to cheat immigrants and therefore harder for everyone to be cheated. We need to build faith in our immigration system so that people respect the process and so that the process respects them. That’s our vision for a stronger America.
A new order allows enforcement officials to stop anyone who “looks illegal” (read: has brown skin) and demand that they produce documents proving their right to be in a place they call home. Failure to produce such documents can lead to fines, jail time, or deportation. Widely seen as a violation of basic rights, this new order leads to widespread calls for boycott.
I’m speaking, of course, about Arizona’s new racist law, SB1070–but I could just as easily be talking about Palestine.
First Nations United, an Indigenous organization largely made up of members of the Red Lake/Ojibwe and Dakota nations, would like to formally express its outrage and disagreement with the SB 1070 (“Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods”) Bill passed last week by the state of Arizona. This bill is extremely detrimental to the indigenous communities (including indigenous peoples of Latin American origin), which reside in the state of Arizona as well as those who live throughout the country. The language of the bill states that if there is “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant, a “reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable” to check for documents. Such language purposefully promotes the racial profiling of brown-skinned people, and in particular, of people of American indigenous background. As an indigenous organization, which stands for the civil and human rights of indigenous peoples throughout the continent, we are concerned that this bill will promote the unfair and discriminatory arrests, prosecution, and deportation of people of American indigenous descent-not only of those who belong to federally recognized tribes, but also of the hundreds of thousands of indigenous people who have migrated from South/Central America and Mexico to what is now called “the United States.” Indigenous peoples across the continent do not recognize the borders established by the settler colonialist state on our lands, and, we do not agree with the malicious and dehumanizing way in which the settler colonialist government wants to enforce them.
As an Indigenous organization, we recognize that indigenous peoples from Latin America have every right to migrate up and down the continent as they please and as they have done through trade and communication routes since time immemorial. The native peoples of the continent should be the ones establishing immigration laws and enforcing them. However, because we were disempowered through genocide and colonization, and because we have consistently treated “foreigners” in a more humane and hospitable way, we respect peoples’ rights to migrate. If we did enforce such power, only tribal identifications from throughout the continent (including documentation identifying peoples from Latin American indigenous ancestry) would be recognized as legitimate, and we could very well racially profile people of Caucasian descent as the true and eternal foreigners.
As the first peoples of this continent, we pose this question to Governor Brewer, Senator Russell Pearce, and law enforcement in the state of Arizona, “Who are you to check for documents?” We remind them that the power they have taken to legislate was established by an immigrant and illegal settler colonialist government, which has consistently relied on the genocide and mistreatment of the original peoples of this continent.
First Nations United greatly objects to SB 1070 and denounces Governor Brewer, Senator Pearce, and the State of Arizona as anti-Indigenous, cruel, and racist. We call for an Indigenous boycott of the State of Arizona until this bill is repealed or found unconstitutional as it will gravely violate the civil and human rights of indigenous people in the state and throughout the country.
FIRST NATIONS UNITED
First Nations United
All Saints Church
3044 Longfellow Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
I’ve been very disappointed by the Vatican’s handling of the child molestation cases. The Pope has apologized. Yes, but right in the middle of his apologies, he has also called the cases “petty gossip”. His personal preacher even had the audacity to compare what people like me are saying to the holocaust. This is reprehensible.
Am I Adolf Hitler because I call for justice for all the innocent boys and their parents who sent them as mass servers believing their children were going to learn, from great examples, how best to serve God?
At this point in my life (I’m a parent and photographer), I cannot in good conscience enter a Catholic Church to photograph a wedding. By both their action and their silence, I feel the leadership of the Church has ridiculed the holy institution of marriage and disrespected every child’s right to a decent childhood. I will not be a character in the ongoing satire.
So when I will resume photographing Catholic Weddings? I will resume when the Pope properly apologizes. When guilty priests are penalized. When victims are compensated.
Did I hear you say “you might never shoot in a Catholic church again then”?
“The U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) increased its budget for birth control in Latin America 1968-1972 by a whopping 100 million dollars while ate the same time reducing health care assistance by the same amount (Garcia 1985).”—
You wanna talk about institutional racism, including in the feminist movement? You wanna talk about institutional racism as a core component of the US reproductive rights movement? Yeah. Let’s start here.