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Rachel Corrie Foundation presents Peace Works 2011: Solidarity in Action, April 8-9, featuring Alice Walker

Register now for Peace Works 2011: Solidarity In Action

Register now for Peace Works 2011: Solidarity In Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Olympia, Wash. – The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice will host its 2011 Peace Works event April 8-9. Solidarity in Action is a weekend conference featuring acclaimed author and activist Alice Walker as keynote presenter. Walker’s talk, entitled The Poet/Writer as Activist, will be at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple (1982), Walker is also the recipient of the National Book Award, and author of more than 30 books. In March 2009, in the wake of Israel’s 22-day attack on Gaza, Walker traveled to Gaza with Cindy and Craig Corrie as part of a delegation led by Code Pink. Upon her return, Walker published a book of essays entitled Overcoming Speechlessness, which links the struggles for justice in Gaza, Eastern Congo and Rwanda with the U.S. Civil Rights movement and the South Africa anti-Apartheid struggle.

The Peace Works 2011 conference, Solidarity in Action, includes two days of networking, panels and workshops at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Panelists will address the current situation in Israel/Palestine, strategies for justice and peace, the growing international campaigns for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and cross-movement building. Local and national organizers will facilitate workshops to educate, motivate and provide tools for community organizing. Workshop themes will include human rights and legal campaigns; consumer, campus, cultural and interfaith BDS efforts; the civil trial in Israel concerning Rachel Corrie’s case; and strategies for using media, art and social networking to strengthen regional efforts for human rights and justice. The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project will present the next phase of its downtown Olympia mural, one of the city’s most beautiful and successful collaborative projects.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2011

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Peace Works: Save the Date! April 8-9, 2011

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice presents
Peace Works 2011: Solidarity in Action

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Rachel Corrie’s legacy inspires people around the world to create positive, nonviolent change in their communities. The Peace Works series of events and conferences honor that legacy by linking action to critical thought, community organizing, and personal reflection.

This year’s Peace Works Conference theme is Solidarity In Action. Scheduled workshops and events include:

  • Human Rights and Strategies for Justice in Palestine/Israel
  • Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns & Grassroots Organizing
  • Organizing with the Olympia Rafah Solidarity Mural Project
  • Cross Movement Building,
  • Social Networking as an organizing tool
  • Report Back on Trial in Israel by the Corries
  • Celebration with music and dancing Sat. evening in Downtown Olympia

The keynote speaker is Alice Walker, poet, author, and social justice activist.

Pre-registration information will be released shortly. Until then, put April 8-9, 2011 on your calendar and join the Rachel Corrie Foundation family for an amazing two days of learning, organizing, and celebration!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2011

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Marc Ellis: Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

Marc Ellis will speak on Jewish Liberation Theology

Marc Ellis will speak on Jewish Liberation Theology

On Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th, Marc Ellis, noted Jewish theologian and philosopher will be speaking at Evergreen State College and in Olympia, Washington.

Professor Ellis has called for a shared Jewish-Palestinian project “for justice and ethics, for risk-taking to achieve what seems unachievable” through “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.” He is a brilliant, thought-provoking speaker who provides new ways of thinking about relations between Jews, Jewish Israelis and Palestinians, as well as what a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would look like.

To forget one’s own oppression is to open the possibility of becoming the oppressor… to become a conqueror after having been a victim is a recipe for moral suicide.

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Friday, October 29, 12:00pm-1:30pm: “Towards a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine: A Jewish Perspective on History, Identity and Solidarity”
The Evergreen State College, Lecture Hall One

Saturday, October 30, 1:00pm: Marc Ellis hosts a conversation about his writing
Orca Books, 509 4th Avenue, downtown Olympia

Saturday, October 30, 7:30pm: “Jews of Conscience and the Quest for Justice in Palestine and Israel”
First Christian Church, 701 Franklin Street

Marc Ellis is a Jewish theologian and philosopher. He is the Director of the Institute for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, and author of a number of books, including: Israel and Palestine Out of the Ashes: The Search for Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century; Towards a Jewish Theology of Liberation; and Judaism Does not Equal Israel.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2010

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Portland: My Name Is Rachel Corrie

The poignant, poetic voice of a young woman searching for her place in an embattled world.

Directed by Megan Kate Ward
Starring Amanda Jensen & Madeleine Rogers

PERFORMANCES: September 24 to October 30
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $18 General Admission $15 Students, Seniors & Teachers.

For more information, please call: 503-293-3062 or email: bibiwalton@yahoo.com.

http://www.nwctc.org/Corrie

Posted by on Oct 3, 2010

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Peace Works 2010 Presents: There is a Field

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice
presents a staged reading of Jen Marlowe’s play

There is a Field

There Is A Field

There Is A Field

When: Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, 8 pm
Where: The Evergreen State College, Recital Hall, Communications Bldg.
Cost: FREE

This year marks the tenth anniversary of “Black October,” when Israeli police killed twelve Palestinian citizens of Israel, as demonstrations spread across the West Bank, Gaza, and Arab towns inside Israel.

One of those killed was seventeen-year old Aseel Asleh, shot point blank in the neck by Israeli police at a non-violent demonstration outside his village. Aseel had been a leading participant in a program called Seeds of Peace, which brings together Israeli and Palestinian youth. Aseel was wearing his Seeds of Peace T-shirt at the time of his killing and was buried in it.

Playwright Jen Marlowe knew Aseel personally and worked closely with the Asleh family over the seven years she spent writing the play. The script is based on interviews with family members, email exchanges, and official transcripts of an Israeli commission of inquiry.

More broadly, There is a Field addresses the problems faced by the Palestinian minority inside Israel, distinct from those of the Occupied Territories. The release of There is a Field on the tenth anniversary of Black October offers an important opportunity to inject these issues into the wider Israel/Palestine discussion.

Posted by on Oct 3, 2010