The Rachel Corrie Foundation is pleased to announce our March 16th event honoring Rachel’s stand in Gaza. Every year we remember her on this date with activities encompassing three values she held closely: action, education, and community.
Please join us Sunday, March 16th at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, for…
…Action: A Theater of the Oppressed Workshop led by Actress Ashley Malloy. With Image Theatre techniques, we will create instant tableaus that provoke, incite, and encourage lively discussion and debate around issues of the Occupation. No previous theatrical experience is needed – only an open mind! 2-3:30 PM
…Education: Ashley Malloy performs an abbreviated version of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie edited from Rachel’s original writings by Director Alan Rickman and Guardian journalist Katharine Viner. 4 PM
…Community: Our shared potluck meal – a March 16th Olympia tradition! Good food and company will be accompanied by discussion of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, theater as resistance, and the cultural and academic boycott of Israel. Ashley Malloy will be joined by panelist Nada Elia, scholar-activist and a member of the organizing committee of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. 5-7 PM
This free event is open to the public. Donations at the door are welcome. Bring food to share! To lend support as a cosponsoring individual or organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 754-3998.
And we look forward to hearing from all of you across the world who will find your own creative ways to honor Rachel’s memory on March 16th with education, action, and community building. Send us word of your events and photos for posting at our website. Please join us this month in honoring Rachel’s work – her commitment to the arts and the written word, to action for justice, to education, and to strengthening our communities.
Ashley is a senior acting major at Central Connecticut State University where in 2013, she produced and performed the one-woman show My Name is Rachel Corrie. Describing herself as “someone who believes in the power of creative resistance,” Ashley took on this theater project to grow as an artist as well as an ally of Palestine. She used her theater effort to support The Freedom Theatre in Jenin refugee camp, where young people’s frustrations with long-term occupation are channeled into creative expression.
“Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in the U.S. We honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and economic justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism…The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee is composed of dozens of grassroots, labor, business, minority, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region. Annually, these groups come together and organize the community’s largest tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr….Each year, thousands of local citizens participate in one of the biggest and most racially diverse rallies and marches held in Seattle…The theme speaks to the need for justice in all facets of our society: locally, nationally, and globally. Through workshops, a rally, and a march organized around this theme, the spotlight is on our responsibility to correct the injustices in our world, from our criminal justice system to our public schools, to senseless military misadventures that threaten human rights and rob our communities of funds. This year’s program will inform and empower those who attend. This is the 32nd year the committee will bring together people from every community and walk of life to commemorate the life of Dr. King and to celebrate his birthday.”
The Rachel Corrie Foundation will host a workshop Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: Connecting Struggles Through Nonviolence, 9:30-11 AM, in Room 224, Garfield High School. A discussion and Q&A with panelists, Aaron Dixon (founding member of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party and a participant in an Interfaith Peace Builders 2012 African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine), Lubna Alzaroo (representative of Health and Human Rights in al-Khalil, Palestine), Eliana Horn (Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace) and Maia Brown (Stop Veolia Seattle) will be facilitated by Elizabeth Moore of the Rachel Corrie Foundation http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/
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For information about the Rachel Corrie Foundation hosted BDS workshop, contact Elizabeth Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.