Blog to End the Occupation: Israel to Demolish Eight Palestinian Villages

Treating “people as if they were weeds” Shameful…

Yesterday Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the demolition of eight Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills, displacing some 1,500 residents. The order came after the Israeli High Court of Justice issued its decision supporting the move, agreeing with a 2000 finding by the Israeli Civil Administration that “there were no permanent residents in the area” and that those present were merely seasonal residents.The IDF has argued since 1999 that the villages needed to be destroyed because their presence has prevented the IDF from performing live fire drills in the zone. They also claimed that Palestinians in the zone could collect intelligence on Israeli tactics or gather weapons left over from training exercises and then “use them for terror purposes.”

via Blog to End the Occupation: Israel to Demolish Eight Palestinian Villages.

Voter Protection Unit (VPU) – American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Voter Protection Unit (VPU) – American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

 ADC Voter Protection Unit (ADC-VPU)

The ADC-VPU was established in October 2008. This special unit is dedicated to protect the Arab and Muslim American communities from attempts at chilling the communitiess‘ right to vote and responding to fear tactics designed to promote hate, division, and hostility against the Arab and Muslim American communities.

How can you volunteer?

ADC-VPU calls for volunteers to make a difference and help protect the rights of all voters. The ADC-VPU needs the assistance of those willing and available to become Election Monitors. Please email your information; including your name, email address, phone number, and voting district to Upon receiving your information a member of the VPU will be in touch with you to explain the process.

Election Monitor District Representative:

  • Will serve as the go-to person to election monitors across a voting district.
  • Responsible for contacting the City or County Clerk should an issue arise.
  • Set schedules across a district and be responsible for strategically placing monitors.
  • Responsible for reporting to the ADC-VPU on the day‘s activities.
  • Someone familiar with election monitoring, organized, familiar with the voting district.

Election Monitor:

  • Primary responsibility will be to ensure the fairness of the election process.
  • Will be placed at a polling station by the District Representative.
  • Will be given specific instructions on what to look for on Election Day.
  • Will be provided instructions on how to report any acts of voter intimidation
  • Willing to commit to a 3-4 hour block and have be able to carry out the duties.

Tomatoes and Migrant Farm Workers Part 1 — UrbanFig

You’ve probably never heard of Immokalee, Florida. It isn’t on anyone’s list of “Top Ten Places to Visit”, but this impoverished little town is known as the Tomato Capitol of the United States. You’d think that a place with such a distinguished title would be proud to show the world what they do best, but you’d be wrong.

The tomato industry in the U.S. is valued at more than $5 Billion annually, but the poor migrant farm workers who spend their days in the blistering Florida sun picking hundreds of pounds of green tomatoes from pesticide-laden fields have historically been paid slave wages for their part in bringing these tomatoes to your table. For years this practice was largely unknown and continued unhindered until the public was finally made aware of the issue.

In 1993,  a small group of workers banded together and began to organize and consider ways to improve the community and the conditions being endured by thousands of migrant farm workers. That group would go on to become the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization that now boasts 4,000 members and continues to make strides in improving working conditions and wages among the impoverished workers throughout the region. In the first five years they managed to increase the piece rate for tomato pickers by as much as 25% and yet the pay was still not a living wage.

via Tomatoes and Migrant Farm Workers Part 1 — UrbanFig.

They have had some great successes in getting individual restaurant and grocery chains supporting their efforts!

For Afghanistan’s First Female Boxer, An Olympic Journey Ends – LightBox

For Afghanistan’s First Female Boxer, An Olympic Journey Ends – LightBox.

She might have won over her countrymen, but in the end, she couldn’t make it past the International Boxing Association, who decided on July 18 that she could not compete, citing concerns that boxing against opponents of much higher standards might threaten her safety in the ring. Not only is this a disappointment for Rahimi, her family and the aspirations of Afghan women athletes, it strikes a blow to the International Olympic Committee’s goal to have women athletes represent every country, just a week after Saudi Arabia, the last hold-out, reluctantly agreed to send two women athletes.

See and write to the men who denied her a right to compete!

Clean Energy Access For All – Grameen’s Solar Success – Compass

Clean Energy Access For All – Grameen’s Solar Success – Compass.

So who is lying about expensive solar energy and why?

With over five million villagers enjoying solar electricity and Shakti technicians installing one thousand solar systems a day it’s time our development institutions put their scarce development dollars behind initiatives such as these. No one can work miracles in a traditional rural society, but entrepreneurial companies like Shakti are proving we can do far, far better than business as usual.

THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Columnist :: Syria embodies the end of colonialism

Only when local people across the Middle East took matters into their own hands did conditions change, and history resume. The sentiments of ordinary people such as those in Bab al-Hawa, Midan, Deir al-Zor and Deraa are far more significant that the pronouncements of the world’s powers. The sooner we learn this lesson, the better off we will all be.

The colonial era may finally be drawing to a close.

via THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Columnist :: Syria embodies the end of colonialism.

Not easy to read or think about but if kindness and compassion are not part of the food we eat, what will that, what does that do to us?

Hummus For Thought

The following post is an eye-witness account of the horrors happening inside the Karantina Slaughterhouse. I have visited the slaughterhouse last Monday the 2nd of July with my Environmental and Public Health Class of the American University of Beirut. This post is accompanied with graphic images and a video which are placed at the bottom end for those who feel like they cannot handle it. This is only an eye-witness report. The data presented below come from either personal observations or from the authorities that were present at the time. The class and myself are preparing a report that will be presented to several ministries and newspapers accompanied with a petition that will be available for everyone to sign. I hope, we hope, that after finding out what exactly is going on in the Karantina Slaughterhouse, you would be motivated to sign the petition and spread the word. The report…

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Come Let Us Laugh

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Come Let Us Laugh.

Come Let Us Laugh

I too feel pensive with all the violence
And I want peace in my small home
I want to forget our depressions
I want to see you smile

My feelings are not reflected by you
Why are you always angry?
You stole my laughter while I am still young
You choked our children’s games

I feel like a bird whose wings are tied
I wish I could fly in the open sky

I wish I could tolerate all your bleakness
But, I don’t want to
I want us to laugh again
My laughter depends on your laughter
You never laugh, and you stole my laughter too
I want to laugh again

I don’t want violence.
We’ve had enough
Life is beautiful
Come together, let us smile together

We will make our home peaceful with our love
Our children need to see our smiling faces
War and destruction are gone from our homeland
Come with me to stand once again

Take a look, the environment is calm, life is beautiful
Come let us teach our children kindness and bring hope in their future
Come let us water the flowers in our garden
Come let us bring love and kindness to our home
So our children learn to play

Their innocent smiles will calm the atmosphere in our home
Come let us laugh, and our world will laugh with us

By Mariam

Hoop House Training Garden

Hoop House Training Garden.

Overview of Outdoor Idea

We want to build a hoop house (green house) to support community gardening for children and adults in Hamilton, Ohio. Neighborhood people will help build and learn how to build their own and how to garden for good health, nutrition, and bringing the community together.

The Specifics: What will the $5,000 fund?

The $5,000 will pay for materials to build a 40×80 foot hoop house, provide materials to build raised garden boxes inside it, organic planting materials, seeds, a water system, and will pay for water for at least first planting season. Reasonable ($20.00) season fees for using garden boxes and sales of surplus crops will pay for ongoing up keep.

Second Look Behind the Headlines

Culture War, Class War

Culture War is Class War disguised. The Wealthy Elite--the "Filthy Rich"--foment Culture War in society to distract and cover their real economic motives. Culture War, Class War explores the resulting cultural divide--how it was instigated and kept alive for fifty years in America by certain elite powers and how and why they choose to benefit while tearing families in two and keeping America paralyzed.


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