Events Archive:


Rachel Corrie – 10 Years

When: Mar 16

Where: Sylvester Park & the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SW, Olympia WA

Expect a dynamic day of social action, speakers, music, dance, food, reflection, remembrance, and community!

  • 1 pm – Rally at Sylvester Park: Ten years is enough! Challenge U.S. aid to Israel and the lack of accountability for how those resources are used
  • 2:30 – 9pm – Olympia Ballroom – Keynote Speakers: Phyllis Bennis and Ramzy Baroud – 10 Years
  • Music and Dance- Batiste Dabke, House of Tarab, David Rovics, and more!
  • Community Potluck (5:00-7:00 pm) – an Olympia tradition
  • Remembrances – from Cindy and Craig Corrie and others
  • Interactive Displays- A visual feast reflecting Rachel Corrie – the writer, artist, and activist, and the continuing struggle; ten years for the Rachel Corrie Foundation; ten years for our community’s work on Israel/Palestine; and ten-years of local peace-building.

Writer, analyst, and activist on U.S. foreign policy related to the Middle East and the UN, Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC and is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. A journalist at the UN for ten years, Bennis remains a special adviser to top-level UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues. In the U.S., she works actively on global peace and with Palestinian rights movements and was a co-founder of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Bennis has authored eight books on the Middle East and the United Nations and is a frequent contributor to U.S. and global media at the BBC, Democracy Now!, Al-Jazeera, NPR, the Nation, AlterNet, Common Dreams, and more.

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013


Where Should the Birds Fly & Panel Discussion

When: Mar 15, 6:30 pm

Where: Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia WA

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We are excited to team up with the Olympia Film Society (OFS) to present this film followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Fida Qishta is a Palestinian journalist from Rafah, Gaza, and survivor of the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza by the Israeli Military. The film tells Fida’s story of life during the past decade in Gaza and during the siege, along with the moving story of Mona, a Palestinian girl, ten-years old at the time of Operation Cast Lead.

Fida will be joined by Rachel Corrie Foundation board member Sonja Wentz for discussion with the audience following the movie.

Tickets: $5.50- OFS members, $8.50- non-members

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013


Remi Kanazi – Spoken Word Justice

When: Mar 3, 12:00 am

Where: Washington State Labor Council, 906 Columbia St. SW, Olympia WA

Remi Kanazi, Palestinian-American poet, writer, and human rights activist based in New York City will bring his spoken word to Olympia in a performance and BDS workshop Sunday, March 3rd.

From 2-4 PM, Kanazi will provide a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) workshop about the Palestinian call for academic and cultural boycott of Israel, misconceptions about this call, and how to mount BDS campaigns.

Author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and editor of Poets For Palestine, a hip hop, poetry, and art anthology, Kanazi is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop. He has taught, lectured, and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. A member of the organizing committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Kanazi has been a featured political commentator for news outlets throughout the world. Through spoken word, he inspires audiences to discover their power to act for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine. An American-born son of Palestinian refugees who deeply feels his roots, Kanazi states, “This isn’t about me being a Palestinian or me being an Arab. It’s about a system of oppression and what’s being done to a people.” Kanazi will be available for book signing.

Admissions to both events are free to the public.

The events are sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation. For more info, call 754-3998.

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013


“Wrestling With Reconciliation”- Tree of Life Conference on Palestine and Israel

When: Mar 3, 1:00 pm

Where: Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ, 4790 SE Logus Road, Milwaukie, OR

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The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is proud to announce our co-sponsorship of the Tree of Life Conference on Palestine and Israel, “Wrestling With Reconciliation”.  

The Tree of Life is a sacred symbol for many cultures and faiths across our world. It reminds us that all of creation is deeply interrelated and interconnected. World peace and harmony depend on our realization of this truth. This is especially critical in the Holy Land where the children of Abraham — Muslims, Jews and Christians — share that sacred place.

The 2013 Tree of Life Conference on Palestine and Israel will be amplifying and celebrating the under-reported voices of conscience in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and exploring how we, in this country, should respond to work toward reconciliation. We will listen to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian peacemakers share their insights and personal stories, and share Middle Eastern reception together in the sacred task of peacemaking.

A Registration Form follows this Speakers List.


1:00 Registration/Craft and Book Sale/1:30 Speakers & Program/5:30 Middle Eastern Reception


Cindy and Craig Corrie: The parents of Rachel Corrie, a young American who died defending Palestinian homes from demolition in Israel, will share her story and their struggle for justice with the Israeli court system.

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013



When: Nov 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501

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Join us for this free event to learn more about what has recently happened in Gaza and what we may expect in the future.

Panel Discussion and Q&A:
Ayman Nijim – Mental Health Practitioner from Gaza in residence with the 2012 International Trauma Treatment Program – Olympia
Dr. Steve Niva – Professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at The Evergreen State College
Sonja Wentz – LMHC, faculty member of The International Trauma Treatment Program, recently returned from Interfaith Peace-Builders’ delegations to Israel, West Bank and Gaza

This event is in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
In 1977, the UN General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine. In 2005, the Assembly requested an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN, and encouraged Member States to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.

Sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation
203 East 4th Avenue, Suite 402, Olympia


Posted by on Nov 27, 2012