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Break the Seige on Gaza Coalition- Up Coming Actions…

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


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.
Led By Women & Children

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

Stop the Killing of the Palestinian People!Stop the War and Siege on Gaza!End All U.S. Aid to Israel!
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


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Stop the U.S./Israeli War
Against the Palestinian People

National March in Washington
Saturday, January 10
Assemble at the White House (north side) at 1:00 PM

Click here for more information about the National March in Washington, D.C.

Calendar of Demonstrations

If there is a demonstration in your city, email the details to so it can be posted on the ANSWER Coalition website and listed in any future emails.

Please also submit reports and photos to


Little Rock, Arkansas
Tuesday, January 6
6:00 pm
Steps of State Capital (intersection between Woodlane & Capitol Avenue)


Anaheim, CA
Sunday, January 4
1:00 pm
512 S. Brookhurst St. (between Orange Ave. & Broadway)
Initiated by: Al-Awda Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Chapters, Free Palestine Alliance, Palestinian American Women’s Association, National Council of Arab Americans and ANSWER Coalition. All progressive organizations and individuals are encouraged to endorse.
For more info about L.A.-Area Protests contact ANSWER at 213-251-1025 or or Al-Awda at 949-510-2925 or

Costa Mesa, CA
Friday, January 2
5:00 pm
Corner of Bristol & Anton (South Coast Plaza entrance)
Contact: 714-956-5037

Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, January 6
4:30 pm
Israeli Consulate (6380 Wilshire Blvd.)
For more info about L.A.-Area Protests contact ANSWER at 213-251-1025 or or Al-Awda at 949-510-2925 or
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Saturday, January 10
12 noon
Westwood Federal Building (11000 Wilshire Blvd.)
For more info about L.A.-Area Protests contact ANSWER at 213-251-1025 or or Al-Awda at 949-510-2925 or
Car pooling from Ventura County:
Thousand Oaks, 10:30 am at TO Trans Center, Rancho & Hwy 101
Contact 805-241-0708 or
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Friday, January 2
4:30 pm
Israeli Consulate: 6380 Wilshire Blvd, LA (between Crescent Heights & San Vicente)
Friday’s action is initiated by Al-Awda. Other sponsoring organizations include ANSWER Coalition, Free Palestine Alliance, Palestinian American Women’s Association, National Council of Arab Americans, Arab Community Center of the Inland Empire, General Union of Palestinian Women, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Palestine Aid Society, Palestinian American Congress, International Action Center, Free Iraq Now, Orange County Friends of Palestine, Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Women in Black, Middle East Fellowship of Southern California, Friends of Sabeel/Los Angeles, Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim American Society, Islamic Center of Hawthorne and others.
For more info call 213-251-1025 or e-mail

San Deigo, CA
Sunday, January 4
1:00 pm
Balboa Park at the Fountain
* * * * *
Saturday, January 10
Details to be announced
For further information about the San Diego Demo and to endorse contact Al-Awda at 760-685-3243, or Free Palestine Alliance at 619-980-0677,

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, January 3
5:00 pm
Powell and Market Sts. (Powell BART Station)
Contact: 415-821-6545,
* * * * *
Saturday, January 10
11:00 am
San Francisco Civic Center
Contact: 415-821-6545,
* * * * *
Friday, January 2
2:30 pm
Powell and Market St. (Powell St. BART station)
Organized by activists in the Bay Area Arab community, allies and supporters of Palestine.
Co-Sponsors: Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Al-Awda – The Palestine Right of Return Coalition, American Muslims for Palestine, General Union of Palestine Students, Students for Justice in Palestine, National Council of Arab Americans, Free Palestine Alliance, ANSWER Coalition, International Solidarity Movement

San José/Santa Clara, CA
Sunday, January 4
12 noon
Gather on the corner of Stevens Creek Blvd and Winchester Blvd (near the Valley Fair Mall)
Organized by South Bay Mobilization and San José Peace and Justice Center, and endorsed by the ANSWER Coalition – SF Bay Area
Contact: 408-297-2299

Santa Clara, CA
Sunday, January 4
12 noon
Corner of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Winchester Blvd.

Santa Rosa, CA
Sunday, January 4
5:00 pm
Courthouse Square
Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County


New Haven, CT
Sunday, January 4
12 noon
Federal Building: 141 Church St.
Contact: 203-606-0319,
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Saturday, January 10
12 noon
Federal Building: 141 Church St.
Contact: 203-606-0319,


Washington, D.C.
National March
Saturday, January 10
1:00 pm
Assemble at the White House (north side)
Sponsoring organizations: ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, Free Palestine Alliance, American Muslim Task Force, National Council of Arab Americans, Al-Awda – International Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and hundreds of other organizations
Contact: 202-544-3389 x14,
Click here for the flyer (PDF can be viewed, printed and reproduced)


Miami, FL
Sunday, January 4
1:00 PM
Israeli Consulate: 100 North Biscayne (Yitzhak Rabin) Boulevard
Initiated by ANSWER FL and the South FL Palestinian Solidarity Network

Orlando, FL
Saturday, January 3
3:00 pm
Orlando Fashion Square Mall (in front of Smokey Bones): 3309 East Colonial Dr

St. Petersburg
Saturday, January 3
2nd Avenue and 2nd Street, N (Downtown) 33701
Organized by St. Pete for Peace


Chicago, IL
Sunday, January 4
12 noon
Old Water Tower Building: 806 North Michigan Ave.
Sponsored by the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, International Solidarity Movement, ANSWER Coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace, Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism
* * * * *
Friday, January 2
3:00 pm
Gather at Tribune Plaza: 435 N. Michigan Ave.
Contact: 773-463-0311,
Mosque Foundation- 7360 W 93rd St, Bridgeview, IL
ICCI Mosque- 6435 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL
Islamic Foundation Mosque- 300 W Highridge, Villa Park, IL
MCC- 4380 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
Please email or call (773) 951.2020 if you are interested!
Sponsored by (list in formation): American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)-Chicago, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), ANSWER Chicago, Arab American Action Network (AAAN), Arab Student Union-Moraine Valley Community College, Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism (CCAWR), Chicago Islamic Center, Children of Palestine, Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMY), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Chicago, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Fight Back! Newspaper, International Solidarity Movement (ISM)-Chicago, Islamic Community Center of Illinois (ICCI), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)-Chicago, Mosque Foundation, Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation, Muslim Student Association (MSA)-University of Chicago, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG)-Chicago, Palestine Humanitarian Aid Project (PHAP), Palestinian American Community Center, Peace Pledge-Chicago, United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)-Chicago, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-Northwestern University (NU), SJP University of Illinois-Champaign, SJP-University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Wright College Students for Peace and Justice

Champaign, IL
Saturday, January 3
University Ave. and State St. (SE corner of West Side Park), downtown
Sponsored by AWARE (Anti-War, Anti-Racism Effort) of Urbana-Champaign, IL


Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, January 3
12 noon
Monroe County Courthouse Square (southeast corner): Kirkwood Ave. & Walnut Street
Sponsored by Indiana Students Against War and Bloomington Peace Action Coalition


Saturday, January 3
1:00 pm
Gather at the Douglas County Courthouse: 11th and Massachusetts
Organized by the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice and KU student group Voices for Palestine


Boston, MA
Saturday, January 3
12 noon
Copley Square
March and Rally to Start and End at Copley Square
Organized by an Ad-Hoc Coalition of Arab-American, Muslim and Pro-Palestine Groups
Local Contact: ANSWER Boston 857-334-5084 or

Northampton, MA
Saturday, January 3
12 noon
Courthouse on Main Street


Friday, January 2
4:00 pm
Gather at the corner of Glenstone and Battlefield
Organized by the Peace Networks of the Ozarks

St Louis, MO
Sunday, January 4
7:00 – 7:30 pm: regular Sunday evening vigil
7:30 pm: Demonstration
in front of College Church, Grand & Lindell
* * * * *
Monday, January 5
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Channel 4-TV: 1 So. Memorial Drive
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Tuesday, January 6
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office: 5850 Delmar (East of Skinker & West of DeBaliviere)
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Wednesday, January 7
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Rep. Russell Carnahan: 8764 Manchester (corner of Brentwood)
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Thursday, January 8
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sen. Kit Bond: 7700 Bonhomme (corner of Hanley)
* * * * *
Friday, January 9
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Rep. Wm, Lacey Clay: 625 No. Euclid (corner Delmar)
* * * * *
Saturday, January 10: Big Rally & March
12 noon – 2:00 pm
Start at City Hall in U-City, on Delmar (near Lions Gate)


Albuquerque, NM
Sunday, January 4
12 noon
Nob Hill: Central and Tulane


New York City, NY
Saturday, January 3
1:00 pm
Times Square: 42nd and 7th Ave.
Followed by a march to the Israeli mission
(Trains: N,Q,R.S,W,1, 2,3,7 to Times Square)
Endorsed by: Al-Awda: Palestine Right to Return Coalition-NY, Arab Muslim American Federation, MAS-NY (Youth Center), National, Queens, NJ, Yonkers, The General Union of Palestine Students, Bayan-USA, Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, Salam Church, International Action Center, Brooklyn Cultural Center, Hudson Valley Islamic Center, ANSWER Coalition, December 12 Movement, New York City Labor Against the War, DRUM, Troops Out Now Coalition, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, International League of Peoples Struggle, Dawoud Mosque, Muslim Alliance in New America, Masjid Al-Taqwa, Islamic Circle of North America, F.I.S.T., and many other organizations


Charlotte, NC
Saturday, January 3
12:00 noon
Marshall Park: Martin Luther King Jr Blvd & S. McDowell St
More info: or 704-492-5226
Sponsored by: Muslim American Society Charlotte, Charlotte Al-Awda – Palestine Right To Return Coalition, Islamic Political Party Of America, Action Center For Justice, Carolina Peace Resource Center, Code Pink Women for Peace (Charlotte), Masjid Ash-Shaheed, MAS-Freedom, Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, Muslim Women of the Carolinas, Islamic Center of Charlotte, ICC-South


Cincinnati, OH
Friday, January 2
6:00 pm
Gather at the corner of Clifton and Ludlow
Solemn procession from there to the Clifton Mosque at 6:30 pm

Columbus, OH
Monday, January 5
Gather at 4:30 pm, Rally begins at 5:00 pm
Ohio Statehouse (corner of Broad and High St.)
Sponsored by Ohio State University Committee For Justice In Palestine

Toledo, OH
Friday, Januiary 2
2:30 pm
Lucas County Courthouse
Organized by the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition

Youngstown to Warren, OH
Sunday, January 4
12 noon
Gather at thomas D. Lambros Federal Building & U.S Courthouse in downtown Youngstown
March to Congressman Tim Ryan’s office, 197 West Market Street, in downtown Warren
Organized by the Coalition for Peace in the Middle East
Contact: Rev. Werner Lange, 330-872-3865, or Ray Nakley, 330-746-1797, 330-506-1999,
* * * * *
Friday, January 2
4:30 pm
Thomas D. Lambros Federal Bldg & U.S. Courthouse: 125 Market Street
Sponsored by the Arab American Community Center of Greater Youngstown


Oklahoma City, OK
Monday, January 5
11:30 am: Press Conference
Oklahoma State Capitol: 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 432 B
12 noon – 1 pm: Vigil
South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol: 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
(Please dress warmly and arrive by 11:30 a.m.)
Contact: 405-415-6851,


Portland, OR
Sunday, January 4
3:30 pm
Pioneer Square: SW Broadway and Yamhill
Called for by Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, American Jews for a Just Peace
Contact: Hala Gores at or (503) 307-9339 or Peter Miller at or (503) 358-7475


Philadelphia, PA
Friday, January 2
12 noon
15th and Locust
Weekly anti-occupation vigil
Bubbes and Zaydes for Peace in the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. – See District of Columbia


Friday, January 2
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Baitul Mukarram, National Mausque, North Gate of Baitul Mukarram
Contact: 01911039859,
Friday, January 2
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Main Gate, Dargah ShahJalal Mosque
Contact: 01670381897

Hamilton, Ontario
Saturday, January 3
City Hall
12:30 pm
Montreal, QC
Sunday, January 4
12:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: carré Cabot: metro Atwater
Street: corner St. Catherine and Atwater
Saturday, January 3
2:00 pm
Dundas Square (Facing the Eaton Centre) Downtown, Yonge and Dundas
(buses leave Palestine House 1:15pm sharp)

-Tuesday – Friday 5.00 – 6.00 and Saturday 3.00 – 4.00, Centre, opposite the Hippodrome
-Saturday 3 January, 11am. Queen Victoria Square.
Sunday, January 4
2:00 pm
Israeli Embassy: Kensington High Street
(Nearest tube High Street Kensington)
* * * * *
Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9: Daily Protests
5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Israeli Embassy: Kensington High Street
* * * * *
Saturday, January 10: National Demonstration
March to the Israeli Embassy
* * * * *
-Friday 2 January 2 – 4 pm. Outside the Egyptian Embassy, . 26 South Street, London, W1K 1DW. Call for Egypt to open the border immediately.
-SATURDAY 3 JANUARY. DEMONSTRATION AND RALLY. Assemble 12:30 pm at Embankment, London WC2. Nearest tube Embankment or Charing Cross, Called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative and many other organisations

-Saturday 3 January 11am, Guildhall Square, Organised by Portsmouth Network for a Just Settlement of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition
-Saturday, January 3, 12 noon, Sheffield Town Hall

Saturday, January 3
3:00 pm
walking from the Place de la République towards the Israeli Embassy
Sponsored by the Palestine Collectif, representing Americans Against the War-France
* * * * *
General mobilization headquarters for Gaza with a tent for mourning and protesting
Location: Fontaine des Innocents, Châtelet-les Halles
Begins Monday, December 29 at 5:00 pm
Continues daily from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm (except during the demos)
until the end of the criminal operations of the Israeli army

Landelijke demonstratie
Zaterdag 3 januari 2009
13.00 uur Museumplein Amsterdam
Sponsored by a long list of organizations acting in coalition including the Nederlands Palestina Komitee (NPK)
Vrijdag 2 januari 19.00 uur
In het centrum van Rotterdam
(hoek Beursplein / Korte Hoogstraat, bij de HEMA)
Endorsed by a long list of organizations led by the Socialist Party in Rotterdam

Monday, January 5
6:00 pm
Largo de S. Domingos (Rossio)
* * * * *
Thursday, January 8
5:00 pm
In front of Israel Embassy

-Saturday 3 January 12 noon. Foot of the Mound, Princes Street
-Saturday 3 January 12 noon. Outside Lloyds TSB St Vincent Street then assemble for demo at Blytheswood Square 2pm

Friday, January 2
2:00 pm
Outside U.S. Consulate: Corner River and Riviera roads, Killarney (opposite Killarney Mall)

Saturday, January 3
6:00 pm
Plaza de San Francisco
Saturday, January 3
12 noon
Concentracion delante del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores
Plaza de Santa Cruz, Metro SOL o Tirso de Molina
Contact: 629053731,

Saturday, January 3
1:00 pm
Castle Square Swansea

If there is a demonstration in your city, email the details to so it can be posted on the ANSWER Coalition website and listed in any future emails. Please also submit reports and photos.

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George Clooney is Pro Palestinian? His support and talks with Obama

Published by Unkown sourse: 8/12/08

Don’t write off Hollywood just yet. ‘How Clooney offers good friend Obama advice on issues from body language to Iraq,’ report Caroline Graham and Sharon Churcher.

George Clooney once famously declared he could never run for public office because he’d ‘slept with too many women, done too many drugs and been to too many parties’.

But now the Hollywood heart-throb has entered the political arena at
the highest level – by becoming an unofficial adviser to US Presidential front-runner Barack Obama.

Oscar-winner Clooney, 47, is said to be helping the Democratic candidate to polish his image at home and abroad.

But he is also sharing with Obama his strong opinions on Iraq and the Middle East.

Sources say the actor has tried to hide the pair’s friendship for fear his Left-wing views and playboy image would hurt the Presidential hopeful’s bid for the White House.

But Democratic Party insiders have revealed that Clooney and Obama regularly send texts and emails to each other and speak by phone at least twice a week.

One said last night: ‘They are extremely close. A number of members of the Hollywood community, including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, offered to help raise funds for Barack but it was with George that he struck up this amazing affinity.

‘George has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also emails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East.

‘George is pushing him to be more “balanced” on issues such as US relations with Israel.

‘George is pro-Palestinian. And he is also urging Barack to withdraw unconditionally from Iraq if he wins.

‘It’s a very risky relationship. His hope of becoming America’s first black President depends heavily on winning over conservative voters and it would be suicidal for him to be perceived as a tool of a Hollywood Leftie, which is how they regard George.

‘But they text and email each other almost every day and speak on the phone at least a couple of times a week, often more.’

The Ocean’s Eleven star is among many Hollywood figures to have endorsed Obama, including Barbra Streisand, Scarlett Johansson, Warren Beatty and Steven Spielberg.

One of Clooney’s trusted acquaintances said: ‘George is a master at crafting his own image and he is helping Obama to hone his image both domestically and abroad.

‘He told me he feels Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime leader. He is doing everything he can behind the scenes to bolster support in Hollywood, not just with other celebrities but with the money men at the studios.’

The acquaintance added: ‘He has tried to keep the true extent of their involvement out of the Press because he is frightened of alienating voters.’

Clooney himself has admitted in an interview: ‘I’ve had the conversation with him saying, “Look, I’ll give you whatever support you need, including staying completely away from you.”’

The star has never tried to hide his liberal views and last week announced he is making a £15million film about the lawyer who defended Osama Bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Hamdan, on terror charges.

Clooney’s spokesman Stan Rosen-feld said last night: ‘I know they have spoken. I view it as a private conversation.’ Obama’s Press office did not comment.



What we want to know from you:

What do you think about George Clooney and Barak Obama’s relationship? Would it help Obama, or hurt Obama?

What do you think about George Clooney being “Pro-Palestinian,” do you believe it? Or do you think its just media talk?  Also: do you think that it will help the cause? Or make it worse but for Palestine, and for him?

What do you think about Barak Obama? Do you think that hes all talk? Or do you think that he will actually take that step to changing things in the world?

Many people have said that Obama secretly supports the Palestinian people, yet only rally talks about supporting Israel to get him elected.  Do you believe this?

Please explain and be specific. Feel free to answer as many questions as you would like. Your opinions are very important.  Let your voices be heard!

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