Archive for January, 2009

Break the Seige on Gaza Coalition- Up Coming Actions…

BREAK THE SIEGE ON GAZA COALITION
WWW.BSG-NY.ORG
Upcoming Actions:

TONIGHT, Friday January 16: 7pm Poets For Gaza Fundraiser: Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South.

Monday January 19, 2009: 10 AM Rally & Gathering At UN Plaza 47th St & 1st Ave

MONDAY JANUARY 19: 4:30 PM VIGIL & MARCH IN HONOR OF MLK FOR GAZA, LED BY WOMEN & CHILDREN ALL ARE ASKED TO JOIN & SUPPORT–Location changed to UNION SQUARE!!!

FRIDAY JAN. 23, 2009: COMMUNITY TOWN HALL: FOLLOW UP & BUILD MASS GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT FOR PALESTINE: mother’s committee, grocer’s union, students, street action, Civil Liberties committee and MORE. Bath Ave Youth Center 1933 Bath Ave BK NY D TRAIN to 20th Ave

The Following is organized by BSG (Awda-NY, MAS-NY & NJ, AMAF, IAC, Salam Church) & endorsed by: NYCLAW, National Lawyers Guild-NY, BAYAN, New Jersey Solidarity, and many more…keep moving & stay visible for Gaza.
LOCATION CHANGED TO UNION SQUARE ENDING AT WASHINGTON SQUARE
VIGIL & MARCH FOR JUSTICE IN GAZA
Led By Women & Children
WE ASK FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY & SUPPORT

NEW YORK Joins National Days of Action in Honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stop Israel’s War Crimes Against the Palestinian People in Gaza

WHEN:Monday, January 19th, 20094:30 PM WHERE:UNION SQUARE PARK
QUIET Rally Followed By
March to WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

Stop the Killing of the Palestinian People!Stop the War and Siege on Gaza!End All U.S. Aid to Israel!
SUPPORT PALESTINIANS RIGHT TO SELF DEFENSERESTORE THE PALESTINIANS OF GAZA TO THEIR RIGHTFUL HOMES
End the Israeli Occupation of Palestine!

On Monday January 19th, 2009, people all across the United States will celebrate the life, legacy, and birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assssinated by a racist’s bullet on April 4th, 1968. Dr. King was one of the foremost leaders of the Black civil rights movement in this country, an organizer extraordinaire for peace and justice, and an eloquent orator who challenged racism, injustice, and oppression everywhere.

Approximately 1,100 Palestinians have been slaughtered since the Israeli Massacres of Gaza began 19 days ago, with over 4,600 injured and the Massacres by the Zionist Israeli State Continue Unabated as the world watches in silence & complicity.

The thousands and thousands of Black civil rights organizers and activists, with Dr. King as one of their representatives, were people of courageous action, many of whom gave their lives to the struggle for Black liberation, and they would not have stood idly by while this new war on the Palestinians is being waged.

Join the Break the Siege on Gaza Coalition, and our friends from all different communities in the peace and justice movement of greater New York & New Jersey and across the U.S. (confirmed cities for these nationally coordinated days of action already include Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Youngstown, OH–and others will be confirming soon), as we do justice to Dr. King’s memory, and the memories of others like him, by demanding an end to “Israel’s” massacre of the Palestinian people.


New Jersey Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
http://www.newjerseysolidarity.org/
info@newjerseysolidarity.org
973-954-2521

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Sick of the Media Lies About the Gaza Massacre? PROTEST!

Sick of the media lies about the Gaza Massacre?
Protest today and tomorrow in D.C., Chicago and San Francisco

As of this writing nearly 1,000 Palestinians have been needlessly killed and another 4,000 injured–all in less than 20 days. The war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces include the targeting of civilians, women and children, entire families, schools, mosques, medical aid workers, journalists and the entire infrastructure of Gaza. The IOF has also used outlawed chemical weapons against the population. Despite unanimous world-wide condemnation of the murderous and illegal invasion and siege of an already occupied people, every major news outlet in the U.S. is acting as apologists for the U.S.-supported Israeli massacre. As just one example of their biased reporting, the U.S. corporate media bias has not mentioned at all that this week the Israeli state banned two Arab parties from running in the upcoming elections.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated in the last week to help pay for the expenses for the many mass demonstrations that took place on Jan. 10. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of individuals who came forward to donate. We must go forward. The war is deepening. The death toll is climbing. We will be in the streets again in the next few days. Please continue to show your generosity and commitment and make a donation today by clicking this link.

Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post refuses to cover the demonstrations of thousands of people protesting the massacre in Gaza. Many thousands of local residents, especially from the Arab-American and Muslim community, have demonstrated on Dec. 30, Jan. 2 and last weekend on Jan. 10 in a mass march in Washington, D.C. Not one article in the Washington Post about these demonstrations!

Everyone should bring at least one issue of the Washington Post—multiple copies if you can—to literally dump them on the Post’s doorstep as we denounce their biased pro-Israeli coverage of the massacre in Gaza and their complete whiteout of protest activities in the United States, including last Saturday’s march of tens of thousands of people.

Demonstrate
Fri, Jan 16, 4:00 pm
Washington Post
1150 15th Street NW (between L and M Sts.)
Metro to Farragut North or McPherson Square
Contact 202-544-3389 for more information

Chicago

Join us on the street in front of the ABC studio during their newscast on Friday, Jan. 16 at 5 pm. We will assemble in front of ABC news to demand an immediate end to the massacre in Gaza. We will also demand that the media report on the thousands of U.S.-supported Israeli war crimes that continue to be carried out against the people of Palestine.

Friday, Jan. 16 – 5 pm
ABC State Street Studio
190 N. Street (State and Lake)
For directions click here
For more info call 773-463-0311 or 773-951-2020
Initiated by American Muslims for Palestine and ANSWER Chicago. Endorsers welcome.

San Francisco

On the day after 10,000 people marched and rallied in San Francisco on January 10 to demand “Let Gaza Live,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported the demonstration had been just “more than 1,000 people.” In their January 10 edition, on the morning of the protest, the Chronicle publicized the pro-Israeli war counter-protest on the steps of City Hall, but failed to mention the “Let Gaza Live” anti-war demonstration.

Immediately after the march, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, the Chronicle’s website featured the march as its top story under the headline, “Thousands Protest in San Francisco.” By the time the Sunday paper was printed, however, the number of participants had been reduced to “more than 1,000.”

Despite being presented with irrefutable video and photo evidence (linked below) that they had massively undercounted the number of people participating in the march and rally, the Chronicle editors have declined to print a correction.

Protest Thursday, January 15, 5pm
S.F. Chronicle building
Corner of 5th and Mission Sts. in San Francisco. (One block from Powell St. BART).
Contact 415-821-6545 for more information

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HANDS OFF GAZA! FUNDRAISING BENEFIT! 1/18/09

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MORE BUSES LEAVING TO DC FOR GAZA PROTEST ON JAN.10.2008

SEATS ARE FILLING UP FAST! CONTACT THE PERSON IN CHARGE (FOR THE BUS YOUR INTERESTED IN ASAP!

Transportation to DC on January 10th
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Transportation to the Let Gaza Live! Rally

If you are organizing transportation to Washington, D.C., please fill out the Transportation Form. This will allow others to find out about transportation options, and it will ensure that you receive important logistical information regarding the plans for Saturday.

ILLINOIS

Chicago, IL

Bus departs on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 pm from the Back of the Art Institute of Chicago on Columbus Ave. between Monroe & Jackson. Bus returns early Sunday Morning.

Bus Tickets are $100 — just to cover the cost of the bus — and can be purchased online by clicking here. You can also pay in cash at the ANSWER Office:

3334 W. Lawrence (Brown Line – Kimball Stop)
The office will be open Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 4 pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 8: 12 pm to 8 pm, and Thursday, Jan. 9: 12 pm to 8 pm . For more information, call: 773-463-0311

MARYLAND

Baltimore, MD

Bus tickets are $15 round trip (no one turned away for lack of funds). Leaving from Baltimore Solidarity Center at 2011 N. Charles St (20th and N. Charles St.) at 10 A.M. Call (443) 909-8964 or Email apcbaltimore@pipeline.com for more info.

MICHIGAN

Flint, MI

The Flint Islamic Center is organizing a bus. It is near capacity, so contact them to get a seat – please do not show up that morning. Contact Noor Haydar at noor.hay@gmail.com or 810.275.8604. The bus departs from 9447 Corunna Rd. in Swartz Creek, MI 48532. Cost is $70 per person. Passengers should meet at 9:30 pm; the bus departs at 10:30 pm. Again, please contact them before showing up.

NEW YORK

New York, NY

All buses depart at 6:30am on Saturday, January 10th, and return around 10pm on the same day. The cost is $40 for a round-trip ticket. These are the bus locations:

1) Union Square / 14th St. (Downtown Manhattan): L,N,Q,R,4,5,6 trains
2) Bay Ridge Ave and 4th (Brooklyn)

Arrive at the bus locations between 6am and 6:30am.

Click here to buy your bus ticket online.

You can also pay in cash at the ANSWER office:
2295 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (near the corner of 135th St.)
Take the 2/3 or B/C to 135th St.

For more information and to get involved, call the ANSWER office at 212-694-8720.

Mid-Hudson, NY

Charter buses will leave the Mid-Hudson region at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. The fare is $35 (scholarships are available if you’re low on funds). The buses will leave for home in late afternoon. To reserve seats and for further information, contact Yasmin at (914) 539-0236 or yasmin3566@gmail.com.

Westchester-White Plains, NY

The Iranian-American Friendship Committee is organizing a 15 passenger van. If you wish to be included, please RSVP IMMEDIATELY, as seats are filling fast. The van will make one stop in New Jersey, in the Fort Lee area, so if you want to be picked up there, let us know! The round-trip cost is $30.00, leaving NY at 6:00 AM Saturday, January 10th and returning Saturday evening, January 10th, around 8-9 PM. Contact ardeshiromm@optonline.net.

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte, NC

Vans will leave Charlotte on Sat., Jan. 10 at 5:00 am from The MAS Community Center at 4301 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215. Vans will leave DC that same day at 6:00 pm to return to Charlotte. To reserve a seat contact David Dixon at 704-492-5226 or email charlotteaction@gmail.com with “J10 Rides” as the subject. There will be a small fee to cover gas & rental. Volunteers needed to drive. Updates, changes & any additional info will be posted at http://www.charlotteaction.blogspot.com/. Organized by Action Center For Justice & Muslim American Society Charlotte.

OHIO

Cleveland – Westside
Bus leaving on Friday January 9 at 11:45 PM from Islamic Center of Cleveland, 6055 West 130th Street, Parma Ohio 44130. Cost $30. This is a 24 hour turn-around trip. We will sleep on the bus and arrive in the morning in time for the rally. Must call for reservations and fill out waiver form. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Contact: CAIR-OHIO, Julia A. Shearson at jshearson@cair.com or 216-830-2247.

Cleveland – Eastside
Bus leaving on Friday, January 9 at 12:30 am (this is 30 min. past midnight, really it’s January 10) from Uqbah Mosque Foundation, 2222 Stokes Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Loading at 12:30 AM. Cost $30. This is a 24 hour turn-around trip. We will sleep on the bus and arrive in the morning in time for the rally. Must call for reservations and fill out waiver form. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Contact: CAIR-OHIO, Julia A. Shearson at jshearson@cair.com or 216-830-2247.

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia, PA

Philly Stop the War is organizing car pools to the Jan. 10 demonstration. Contact John Leslie at philly.march.mobe@gmail.com for more information.

Pittsburgh, PA

There will be a bus if 40 people sign up, so please inquire right away if you are interested. The cost will be approximately $35 per person. Contact the Pitt Palestine Solidarity Committee, Sarah Moawad at sarah_moawad@hotmail.com or 412-952-1611.

RHODE ISLAND

Providence, RI

We have one van going down currently, but could do more if there’s a need. Leaving SATURDAY at 5 am from the Branch Ave Stop & Shop (333 W River St) in Providence. Please call/email IN ADVANCE to reserve a seat. Pay according to ability ($30 suggested donation). Contact the ISO, Shaun Joseph at iso_ri@yahoo.com or 401-572-1663.

VIRGINIA

Hayes, VA

We will have a caravan. So far 3 cars are going. We can add 10 people to those cars. We will meet at 8 AM at Food Lion at the Point at Guinnea Road. Next pick up Point will be at Ollies Parking Lot at Gloucester at 8:30. Final pick up will be at Hardees on 17 in Saluda at 9:15. Contact: Shelley Napier at shnapier@cox.net or 804-642-3287.

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MORE BUSES LEAVING FROM NEW YORK

If your interested in buses leaving from New York, please leave a comment with your location, and I will find the closest bus to you.

Right now, HVICC has a bus that is still not full.
If your anywhere near Mohegan Lake, NY let me know, and I will give you the details.

tickets are $35

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Buses going to Gaza Protest in DC on 1/10/09

ILLINOIS

Chicago, IL
Transportation to DC

Bus departs on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 pm from the Back of the Art Institute of Chicago on Columbus Ave. between Monroe & Jackson. Bus returns early Sunday Morning.

Bus Tickets are $100 — just to cover the cost of the bus — and can be purchased online by clicking here.You can also pay in cash at the ANSWER Office:

3334 W. Lawrence (Brown Line – Kimball Stop)
The office will be open Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 4 pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 8: 12 pm to 8 pm, and Thursday, Jan. 9: 12 pm to 8 pm . For more information, call: 773-463-0311

NEW YORK

New York, NY
Transportation to DC

All buses depart at 6am on Saturday, January 10th, and return around 10pm on the same day. The cost is $40 for a round-trip ticket. These are the bus locations:

1) Union Square / 14th St. (Downtown Manhattan): L,N,Q,R,4,5,6 trains
2) Bay Ridge Ave and 4th (Brooklyn)

Click here to buy your bus ticket online

You can also pay in cash at the ANSWER office:
2295 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (near the corner of 135th St.)
Take the 2/3 or B/C to 135th St.

For more information and to get involved, call the ANSWER office at 212-694-8720.

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte, NC
Transportation to DC

Vans will leave Charlotte on Sat., Jan. 10 at 5:00 am from The MAS Community Center at 4301 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215. Vans will leave DC that same day at 6:00 pm to return to Charlotte. To reserve a seat contact David Dixon at 704-492-5226 or email charlotteaction@gmail.com with “J10 Rides” as the subject. There will be a small fee to cover gas & rental. Volunteers needed to drive. Updates, changes & any additional info will be posted at http://www.charlotteaction.blogspot.com/.

Organized by Action Center For Justice & Muslim American Society Charlotte

Many Religious places and other organizations are organizing buses for this event. Contact them for more information. Otherwise, continue to check this page for any updates.

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WORLD WHERE ARE YOU! GAZA NEEDS YOUR HELP!



click this link to watch a video on a hospital treating those injured in gaza… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7812547.stm%5D

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