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Leadership Studies Fellow Connects with Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

As part of the Leadership Studies Fellowship, Anees Mansour spent 10 days in Madison, WI with our friends at the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. Below is an article from the Daily Page about his time in Madison:

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 by .

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MLK 32nd Anniversary Celebration: Rise Up! Restore the Dream!


Join us in Seattle on Monday, January 20, to join the MLK 32nd Anniversary Celebration: Rise Up! Restore the Dream! Join us!!

Workshops at Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave. Seattle) : 9:30-11 AM (The Rachel Corrie Foundation hosts Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: Connecting Struggles Through Nonviolence)

Rally in the Garfield High School gymnasium: 11 AM

March from Garfield High School: 12:30 PM

Metro buses at 4th Ave, south of Pike Street will return march participants to Garfield High School and lunch will be provided.

According to the MLK Seattle Celebration website,

“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.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 by .

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Not Afraid to Look

Please join the Rachel Corrie Foundation’s kick-off Martin Luther King memorial weekend with an (early) 7 am skype call January 18th with our comrades in Gaza City, Edinburgh, and London! These three cities are concurrently displaying a photo exhibit, Not Afraid to Look: In Loving Memory of Tom Hurndall and Rachel Corrie.

Saturday, January 18th, marks the five-year anniversary of the end of “Operation Cast Lead,” a three week long military assault on Gaza. January 13th, the day the exhibit opens, marks the ten-year anniversary of the death of Tom Hurndall in 2004, an International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist wounded on April 11, 2003, in Gaza by an Israel Defense Forces sniper.

The photo exhibit, Not Afraid to Look: In Loving Memory of Tom Hurndall and Rachel Corrie is organized by the Network of Photographers for Palestine. The compilation of photographs Rachel and Tom took while in Gaza in 2003, as well as recent photos highlighting the current situation in Gaza, is being displayed simultaneously across the world.

The 7 AM Skype Call in Olympia will connect our community and the three cities currently displaying the exhibit (Gaza City, Edinburgh, London). The intention is to help forge solidarity and connections across borders. At 7:10 there will be a series of musical and spoken performances, followed at 7:40 by a discussion between the four hosting communities. The call will end at 8:30 a.m. with opportunity for local groups to debrief among themselves. Bagels and coffee will be available!

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 by .

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Olympia Community Benefit Brunch Campaign For Gaza Children Families!

It’s time once again for Media Island International’s monthly community benefit brunch! We are celebrating the presence of our friend, and current Media Island roommate Anees Mansour, and partnering with the Rachel Corrie Foundation, Al Basma Club For The Disabled and the Rachel Corrie Cultural Center (in Gaza) to bring you a wonderful morning of delicious food and productive conversation.

Community Benefit Brunch For Gaza
Sunday, January 5th from 11am-2pm
at Media Island (816 Adams St SE, by downtown library)
Sliding scale starting at $5-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Presentations and Discussion around Noon!


Anees and the Rachel Corrie Foundation are leading the effort to raise money for a couple of current projects in Gaza. Come chow down on January 5th and join the conversation as we discuss these important projects for Gazan families and children:

  1. The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center in Gaza is seeking $1500 dollars to help purchase much needed books for their library for the children and youth. This cultural center is an important place of learning and socializing for the community, especially the young, and the center is in need of new materials and books to help the children continue to learn and grow.
Posted on Dec 19, 2013 by .

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Boycott SodaStream this holiday season!

This holiday season, please join RCF, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace, Code Pink, and activists from around the world as we say: BOYCOTT SODASTREAM!

SodaStream is a household kitchen gadget that carbonates water into seltzer and sodas. SodaStream is also produced in Ma’aleh Adumim, one of the largest illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. In addition to building its factories on stolen Palestinian land, the company has also faced challenges for its exploitation of Palestinian workers. [1]

Friday, November 29th marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. November 29th is also widely known as “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year. Beginning on this day, actions to promote the boycott of SodaStream are already planned in more than 20 U.S. cities, as well as in Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Australia! Please join us!

Ways to join the action days:

For more information about SodaStream, or this action alert, visit

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 by .