Cindy and Craig sat with Dan Shea of Veterans for Peace- Portland for the VFP Forum. The three reminisced about Rachel’s 5th grade speech—“I’m here because I care”, the history of the foundation, current projects, and BDS. They also talked about how September 11th impacted Rachel and how it moved Rachel towards activism. The Corrie’s also talked about their first visit to Palestine, the Mavi Marmara tragedy, the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, and the lawsuit in the Israel court system. This 50 minute interview starts at minute marker 8:05.
We are proud to co-sponsor the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair. Come down to the Esther Short Park, located at 8th & Columbia Street in Vancouver, Washington on Saturday, September 7th to join the Festivities!
The 10th annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place. Admission is free! Bring the family!
During the day, there will be many activities going on at the same time. At the stage, there will be a series of events including music, poetry, skits, and games. Around the park, groups will have exhibit spaces for tables. Children’s activities will be happening all throughout the day.
Voices From Gaza »
Hi! My name is Masanobu Okada, and I am a summer intern for the Rachel Corrie Foundation. I am currently studying International Studies / Peace & Conflict Resolution at Soka University of America in California, and expect to graduate next spring. I had a chance to sit and talk with Amani Inshasi, a 25-year old English-language educator from the Gaza Strip who is working to promote human rights in the area.
She was born in Libya and brought up in the Gaza district. After getting a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching English, Amani started working as an English tutor for local children and young adults. She has also worked as an activist to change miserable situations that Palestinians are facing by spreading their silenced voice to the international community. I was shocked to hear the truth which most people do not know and also impressed by Amani’s continuous efforts for changing a harsh situation for the better.
The following is a series of questions and responses Amani and I shared in our interview session.
Q. What made you become an English teacher?
I studied English because if we want to address the whole world, we need to speak English which is an internationally spoken language. I really want the whole world to know what is happening in my country and to tell them the truth. In this sense, I use English as a means to express our voice which has been silenced under the Israeli occupation since 1948. This is why I tried so hard to learn and decided to become an English teacher to help children address their issues in the future.
SUNDAY, JULY 14th @ 6:30pm
Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, 300 5th Ave SW. Downtown Olympia, WA
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is delighted to once again welcome Mr. Ayman Nijim to Olympia. As a participant, and now alumnus of the International Trauma Treatment Program, Ayman lived in the Olympia community where he found a place in all of our hearts, and brought the struggle of Palestinians to the forefronts of our minds.
Since we have last seen him, Ayman returned to Gaza before coming back to the US where he attended the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) certification program from the School for International Training Graduate Institute. Ayman Nijim will be presenting his insight on the Freedom of Movement for Palestinians as well as his personal experience as a child welfare advocate, educator and therapist while living under the Israeli siege on Gaza.
On Sunday, July 14th, he will discuss the complexities of the siege on Gaza while focusing on the Rafah border crossing and the implications of the uprising in neighboring Egypt. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.
The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM at Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art on Sunday, July 14th. This special event is FREE and all are welcome.
See you there!
Staff at The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
JOIN SUPER-UW AT COMMENCEMENT THIS YEAR!
This year, the University of Washington Commencement speaker is Jon Huntsman. Best known these days for being a Republican presidential hopeful in the 2012 elections, he also holds a prominent position as a board member of Caterpillar Inc.
UW students, faculty, and community members including the family of Rachel Corrie are concerned about CAT’s involvement in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In 2003, Rachel Corrie, a nonviolent human rights activist and observer, and Washington State resident, was killed by a Caterpillar D9R bulldozer operated by an Israeli soldier as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in the Gaza Strip. We are urging Huntsman to use his position to end sales of CAT bulldozers to Israel.
Join us at Commencement on Saturday, June 15th starting at noon and help us educate the UW community about CAT. If you are interested in volunteering please email email@example.com.
If you are a graduate, alum, faculty member, or guest attending commencement, join us in urging Huntsman to do the right thing by standing in solidarity with Palestinians.
Print out and hold up this poster during Huntsman’s speech and/or post a photo of yourself in cap and gown holding the poster to the SUPER-UW tumblr: www.superuw.tumblr.com, to twitter with the tag #uwCATfree, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, help us on social media by re-tweeting us (hashtag uwCATfree and sharing this event on facebook. Tell your friends to help get CAT out of Palestine!