Jul 292014

By Rosa Clemente

I am getting messages from concerned friends about my stance on Israel. Let me be clear I have been fighting Zionists since my days at SUNY-Albany, when I was in Albany State University Black Alliance, when I was president of ASUBA and when I was director of multi-cultural affairs for the Student government.

In that last leadership role I kicked Religious Zionists of America (RZA) out of the office of MCA and for that the President of the student government tried to recall me.

See I was so lucky to be mentored by Kwame Toure and the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party(AAPRP). I learned how to debate the worst of them. I was almost expelled for briniging Kwame Toure to our campus against the wishes of our then Black president, H. Partrick Swygert.

Many in ASUBA were thereatened with suspension and the organization itself was put on probabition. But see these were the 90′s and students of color no matter what, we did not take any shit, especially from Zionists. We might have been the minority in numbers but we ran that campus. I mean at one time we actually came to blows, one day at our infamous water fountain in front of the campus center. They started it. We did the right thing.

So I will never be scared of Zionists, I will never capitulate, and this is very easy for me to do, because unlike the people of Gaza, the only thing I have to lose is well….nothing, nothing that matters in the larger context.

The people of GAZA pay with their lives, and those that live pay with their minds, and those that are children pay with their innocence, and those that are elderly have only known this life.

So I will speak out, its the least I can do, the very least. ‪#‎freepalestine

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.

Jul 282014






Freedom4Palestine.org released a new video co-sponsored by Jewish Voices for Peace featuring, artist, authors, actors and activists showing their support for Palestine.

The video features Chuck D, Angela Davis, Roger Waters, Naomi Klein, Desmond Tutu, Wallace Shawn, Palestinian hip hip group DAM and many more.

Many hold up the names of Palestinians killed in the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip in what is called the #GazaNames project.


Jul 282014

Saturday, Aug. 2: National March in Washington, D.C.


San Francisco Palestine demo 7-19-14
6,000 marched in solidarity with Gaza in San Francisco on Sunday, July 20

 Stop the massacre in Gaza!
#2DC4Gaza #FreePalestine

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Transportation is being arranged across the country.
See below for a list of transportation centers or click here to help organize one.

The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)
Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Use the hashtags: #2DC4Gaza #LetGazaLive #FreePalestine #Protest4Palestine to promote the demonstration on social media

Click here to download the poster. See the transportation center section for local versions.
Click here to download the poster. See the transportation center section for local versions.

The atrocities committed by the Israeli regime keep piling up in Gaza. Over 70 people were murdered by relentless Israeli artillery fire in just one neighborhood alone, al-Shujayeh, and bombings of hospitals and schools take place on a daily basis.

In response to this ongoing massacre, a broad coalition of anti-war, Muslim and Arab-American groups have joined together to organize a national march on the White House on August 2.

- ANSWER Coalition
- American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
- Al-Awda: Palestine Right to Return Coalition
- Al-Awda: Palestine Right to Return Coalition – New York
                                                                                                                                                         -Existence is Resistance
- Muslim Legal Fund of America
-World Can’t Wait

- Partership for Civil Justice
- MAS Immigrant Justice Center
- UNAC – United National Antiwar Coalition

- Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
- House of Latin America (HOLA)
- SI Solidarity Iran
- Labor Fightback Network
- Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Cleveland Chapter
- Al Quds Committee
- Washington D.C. al-Quds Committee
- Veterans For Peace
- Methodist Federation for Social Action
- The National Muslim Council for Justice (NMCJ)
- Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
- Free Palestine Movement International Solidarity Movement – Northern California
- Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality – Virginia
- The Phil Berrigan Institute for Nonviolence and Occupy the Dream, Reading, PA
- LA Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
- The Green Party of New Jersey

- Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

- Labor for Palestine

- New York City Labor Against the War

Every day, people across the United States are pouring into the streets to show their outrage at the ongoing Israeli massacre in Gaza. In many cities, these demonstrations are taking place on a near-daily basis – and are growing. Just last weekend, protests attended by many thousands took place in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. While the U.S. government continues to shamefully offer unqualified support for the brutal Israeli regime, the people of the United States are making it clear that public opinion is sharply turning against this long-standing policy.

The emerging movement that has brought so many people into the streets in local actions will now converge to illustrate the massive opposition among the American public to Israel’s new war and U.S. support for their atrocities. Join us!

RSVP on Facebook

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Please make an urgently needed donation to help us cover the many expenses associated with a national mass mobilization. We can do this only with your support.

Download and circulate flyers for the demonstration (local versions in Transportation Center section)

Donate Now red button

 Transportation Centers

New Haven, Conn.
Contact: ct@answercoalition.org or 203-903-4480
Details: Buses depart 6:00 a.m. on Aug 2 from downtown New Haven and return the same night. The cost is $40 per person.
Download the poster here

Tampa, Fla.
Contact: sueylmm@hotmail.com
Details: Depart Tampa Friday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m.; Arrive in D.C. Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. Depart D.C. on Saturday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m.; arrive in Tampa on Sunday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $100.

Chicago, Ill.
Contact: ANSWER Chicago at 773-463-0311
Details: Buses depart Friday, Aug. 1 at 6 pm from the ANSWER Office at 4802 N. Broadway (You can also meet the buses at 87th and Harlem in Bridgeview, IL at 8 pm). The bus will return to Chicago Sunday morning. Tickets are $100, plus a $5 processing fee.

Bridgeview, Ill.
Contact: Dr. Ghassan Barakat, Humanitarian Relief Foundation
yazzoun@aol.com or 312-671-4787

Baltimore, Md.
Contact: baltimore@answercoalition.org or 443-759-9968

Boston, Mass.
Contact: boston@answercoalition.org or 857-334-5084
Download the poster here

Cleveland, OH
Buses departing Aug. 1 at 3:30am, $70
Contact: Al-Awda Cleveland, Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Ohio4Palestine@gmail.com or 216.772.6788

New Paltz, N.Y.
Contact: jacdon@earthlink.net or 845-255-5779

New York City, N.Y.
Contact: nyc@answercoalition.org or 212-694-8720
Download the poster here
Download the one-sided flyer here
Download the double-sided flyer here

Harrisburg, Penn.
Contact: abdeltaghi@yahoo.com or 717-395-6911

Philadelphia, Penn.
Contact: philly@answercoalition.org or 267-281-3859
Details: The bus departs from Philadelphia at 9:00 a.m. from 1755 N. 13th Street (outside the student center at Temple University). We will return to the same location at approximately 9:00 p.m. Tickets cost $30.
Download the poster here

Pittsburgh, Penn.
Contact: pittsburgh@answercoalition.org or 724-972-2674
Download the poster here

Join a protest in your area

Chicago, Ill.Saturday, July 26
3:00 p.m.
Congress and Michigan Ave.
Contact: ANSWER Chicago at 773-463-0311

San Francisco, Calif.

Saturday, July 26
1:00 p.m.
Justin Herman Plaza – Embarcadero
Contact the ANSWER Coalition at answer@answersf.org, 415-821-6545

Jacksonville, Fla.
Saturday, Aug. 2
11:00 a.m.
Memorial Park (1620 Riverside Avenue)
Albuquerque, N.M.
Saturday, Aug. 2
11:00 a.m.
Central & 1st St.
Contact: abq@answercoalition.org or 505-268-2488Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, Aug. 2
1:00 p.m.
Westwood federal building (11000 Wilshire Blvd.)
Contact: ANSWER LA at 323-394-3611 or answerla@answerla.org
Jul 282014

By Marcel Cartier

Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating today.

Unfortunately, for far too many Palestinian children, this occasion is being marked with them in hospitals recovering from injuries suffered in Israel’s genocidal bombing campaign.

As a result, the grassroots organization Existence Is Resistance is taking up donations to help these children receive a little bit of cheer and happiness.

As a small bit, all the proceeds from the sale of this song [see download link for the song in video description] will go towards this very important project.

Please consider paying the small fee of $0.69 to help this cause.

Purchase song HERE

Jul 282014

By Nancy Mansour

Today I went to Al Najjah Hospital in Nablus to visit some wounded from Gaza. Two I can not speak about yet.

The one I can tell you about is a young 11 year old boy named Mousa. First I met his mother. She told me that her family had moved from their neighborhood of Majaza to Zowaida for safety. Mousa was in the house playing when his older cousin whom he looks up to said he was going to the store. Mousa went with him to buy bread.

An F16 blasts an area a little ahead of where Mousa and his cousin were and shrapnel from the rocket cut his intestines, his kidneys among other vitals. They rushed him to the hospital where not much could be done for him and he was losing a vast amount of blood. Eventually it was agreed via the West Bank hospitals, third parties etc that he would be allowed access via ambulance from Gaza to the West Bank.

Since Israel has a history of blowing up ambulances and since they were flying F16s near the crossing/border with 48 territories, the ambulances were so scared to move they waited until there were 8 ambulances lined up in order for them to move like a safety barrier. His mother cried as she told me of his five siblings who are ages 13, 10, 9, 5 1/2 and 3. She said when she calls home all they cheerfully ask her “Mama, when are you and Mousa coming home”?

I asked if I could go and see Mousa. Since he was in ICU the doctors told me it could be dangerous because of the many infections he has. I told them I would risk it. He has been unconscious since the incident, last Wednesday. He is on a life support machine.

As I entered the room and saw his little body attached to numerous machines I wanted to grab him and hug him and cry and say sorry….. instead I collected myself and I said (in Arabic) “Hi Mousa, my name is Nancy Mansour, I am from Haifa and I want to take a picture of you. If you smile for me I will take you to Haifa one day after you wake up”…..I swear to God, with that his eyes half opened (As you can see in the picture below) and his mother started crying joy.


I am going to stay in touch and update you on his story.

I am going to pray everyday that he wakes up and makes it out of this.

I am going to pray everyday that at the VERY LEAST Israel is held accountable for every Palestinian child they have murdered in cold blood.