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Global Feast for Peace 2014
Video below: “Why Americans Deserve a GMO Food Label” – September 2014 presentation by Ray Seidler, PhD Microbiology, at Happy Hour Peace Talks, Tabu Restaurant, Ashland. More information.
Peace House Awards Dinner September 2014
OBAMA HOLDS UP MUNITIONS SHIPMENTS TO ISRAELI MILITARY
ISRAEL LOBBY EXERTS PRESSURE
PLEASE SUPPORT PRESIDENT
A breakthrough in U.S. military support of Israel; please encourage it – write the president at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
On August 14 President Obama told the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that munitions transfers to Israel, including Hellfire missiles, would no longer be a routine “check-the-box approval” process, given Israel’s use of them against civilians in Gaza. An Administration official said the decision to scrutinize future transfers at the highest levels amounted to “the United States saying ‘The buck stops here. Wait a second…It’s not OK anymore.’”
During the assault on Gaza the DoD had been sending munitions as a routine matter. But as Jibril Rajoub, a leader in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Western-backed Fatah party said, doing so makes the U.S. “a partner in this crime.”
The President’s decision has called down upon him the wrath of the pro-Israel lobby and the many Congress members who are unquestioning servants of AIPAC. He needs to hear from ordinary Americans that we believe he is doing the right thing by finally beginning to curtail U.S. support for Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.
So either call the White House comment line at tel: 202-456-1111 or leave an on-line comment at http://www.whitehouse.gov/
During the horrific assault on Gaza, we haven’t been able to do much except suffer in sympathy with the victims of U.S.-supported Israeli behavior. Here at last is a meaningful action we can take.
Peace House Clear Actions Quarterly Newsletter – July edition. Sign up here to receive newsletter and biweekly email send of Peace House Calendar of Events (covers peace and justice oriented activities by diverse organizations in the Rogue Valley).
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil August 2-12, 2014
Tell The President and Congress: Palestinian Lives Matter. Click here.
My name is Eran Efrati, I am Jewish, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and a 7th generation Jerusalemite.
What I’ve seen in Israel over the last few weeks was already beyond anything I had witnessed in my life – even before the ground invasion of Gaza began.
I’ve seen terrified Palestinian children in Hebron and Halhul, sitting on the ruins of their homes. I’ve seen mobs in the street chanting “death to Arabs,” and soldiers lined up at the Gaza border, primed for the invasion which began Thursday.
And as much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think I can do a lot about it.
American voices – and especially Jewish voices – are probably the most critical voices in the world right now.
We need you to be as loud as you can saying you can’t support this invasion. That you can’t support human rights violations. That you can’t support the idea that Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian lives.
Before the ground invasion began, 45,000 people already signed Jewish Voice for Peace’s Open Letter calling for an end to this system of violence. But now we have to step up even more – way more. Take the next step now: Send a message to your Congressional Reps today.
This is a war of choice for the Israeli government. It’s about punishing Palestinian civilians and finding an outlet for hatred and fear that is exploding out from Israeli society. It’s about making sure that no matter how much Israeli politicians talk about peace, an actual resolution will remain impossible.
In Israel, Jewish values of equality and justice are being replaced with an ethic of vengeance.And I don’t think we can stop it from within.
But I think you can.
Please join me and make sure they can hear you in DC and far beyond: We oppose the invasion, the bloodshed, the privileging of Jewish lives over others lives. We want justice for all, and won’t stop until that happens.
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Aftermath of 3rd Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for Uncle Foods Diner
Learn more about UFD serving the hungry in the Rogue Valley.
Friday, May 9
4 to 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church – Wesley Hall
175 N. Main St., Ashland, OR
Empty Bowls 2014
We enjoyed a simple meal of soup and bread made by top area restaurants and bakeries; listened to music by jazz pianist Alan Berman, Blades of Grass, the Peace Choir Ensemble, and guitarist Laura Christine; and took home our handmade soup bowl crafted by a local potter to support those in our community who might otherwise go hungry.
Proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit ACCESS, Ashland Emergency Food Bank, and Food Angels as well as Uncle Foods Diner.
Thank you to all who made this event such a tremendous success!
Peace House promotes nonviolence, economic and social justice, and the inherent dignity of all people.
We educate residents of Ashland and the Rogue Valley on relevant issues and organize for public advocacy and civic action.
We help individuals acquire the skills of nonviolent living.
We foster cooperation among organizations that share our fundamental values.