Thu, Dec 11, 3pm – Ajamu Baraka Reports on African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine

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Mr. Ajamu Baraka is scheduled to present “Peoples in Resistance from Ferguson to Palestine: A Report Back” on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3pm at Paine College in the Gandy Richardson Lecture Hall located in the Haygood Holsey Building, Second Floor, Room 210. The event is free and open to the public.

If you are driving, enter through the security gate at Druid Park Ave. [updated Dec 10 11:50 am]

Mr. Baraka just returned from Palestine as a member of the “African Heritage” delegation which spent two weeks in Palestine between October 27 and early November. Join Ajamu Baraka as he shares his observations and experiences, including the attack on the delegation by the Israeli army in the village of Bil`in.

Sponsors include the Interfaith Peace Builders, Atlanta Public Sector Alliance, Moving the Center, WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta, Black Agenda Report, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Georgia Green Party and the CSRA Peace Alliance in conjunction with The John Henrik Clarke Society. For more information contact M. Hutcherson PhD 706.821.8266 or Denice Traina 706.951.2413.

Israeli Forces Teargas African-American Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation in Bil’in from Rebecca Pierce on Vimeo.

Read Mr. Baraka’s November 19, 2014 essay entitled Violence and Resistance in Palestine: An African-American Perspective on Israel-Palestine.

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Alternatives to Violence Project – Training in Columbia, SC

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The Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) is being offered for the first time in South Carolina, sponsored by The Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers).

Each workshop will be held at the Columbia Friends Meeting House, 120 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, and will include five meals.  The Basic workshop will be held Friday, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon for a total of 18 – 20 required hours.  A $25 donation is suggested; scholarships are available.

AVP workshops are each limited to twenty participants. Each workshop builds upon skills learned in the previous workshop. The sessions are divided into three workshops; the Basic workshop is on December 12-14, the Advanced Level workshop is scheduled for January 9-11, 2015, and the Training for Trainers workshop is on February 6-8, 2015. Participants are encouraged to sign up for each of the workshops. A certification of completion is given upon completion of each workshop.  Registration deadline for the December workshop is Dec. 1, 2014.

The Alternative to Violence Project uses a series of experiential learning exercises to teach skills of non-violent conflict resolution.  Specifically, the focus is on Affirmation, Communication, Cooperation, Community, and Creative Conflict Resolution.

AVP is a non-denominational, multi-ethnic/multicultural international conflict resolution program. Currently hundreds of volunteers are presenting AVP training in 42 states and in 12 other countries.

This approach to resolving conflicts is being utilized in prisons, schools, and community organizations in society where violence seems to be increasingly prevalent.

AVP (www.avpusa.org) was developed in New York State in 1974, after the Attica riots, through collaboration between the Quaker community and inmates of the New York State prison system. The fact that they developed the format, exercises, and methodology cooperatively makes the workshops such an effective process.  AVP has a spiritual base but promotes no religious doctrine. We believe there is a power for peace in everyone which, if we are open to it, can transform violent situations.

For more information, contact Diane Butler at 803-727-6307; phil419dbutler@gmail.com or register online at http://goo.gl/f5024R or download, print and mail your registration.

Do You Like Hummus and Human Rights?

Could you support colonialism and violations of international law just by being a consumer? You sure can.

Two popular brands of hummus in the United States, Sabra and Tribe, are produced by companies with ties to Israel’s colonialism, ethnic cleansing and other war crimes.

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Sabra hummus (pdf) is equally owned by two companies, PepsiCo in the United States, and Strauss Group in Israel. Strauss Group firmly supports and donates to the Golani and Givati brigades of the Israeli Occupation Forces, which are notorious for committing war crimes against Palestinian refugees, like the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacre in 1982, and the whole of the Palestinian population living in the Occupied Territories, like during the 2008-2009 Israeli onslaught in Gaza which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. Strauss Group actively funds the Israeli Occupation Forces, but the corporation has removed that fact from their website.

manThe Osem Group, an Israeli corporation, owns half of Tribe Mediterranean Foods. Osem Group is a supporter and partner of the Jewish National Fund. The JNF played a significant role in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948. It not only facilitated the immigration of settlers to Palestine but also worked to establish settlements on the ruins of destroyed Palestinian villages. Since 1967, the JNF has been essential to the Israeli government by its construction of Jewish-only roads and its expansion of settlements. The JNF also facilitates the modern-day expulsion of Bedouins from the Negev in Israel.

Zionist cultural appropriation takes Palestinian hummus, falafel, maftoul (couscous) and other foods and recreates them into Israeli foods with Israeli, non-Arab origins. It has most recently targeted Palestinian olive oil and its production.

But you do have options! Number 1, hummus is easy to make at home:

Ingredients:
• 2 cups of dried chickpeas.
• Six garlic cloves.
• A lemon.
• Half-cup of tahini.
• Salt.

Soak the chickpeas for eight hours. Afterwards, with the chickpeas in a pot, add in a half-teaspoon of baking soda. Boil it until it’s ready. Decant out the water. Grind the chickpeas to a smooth paste. Add in the half-cup of tahini, along with the six garlic cloves cut into pieces, lemon juice from squeezing the lemon, and the preferred amount of salt.

A video describing preparing hummus is available from Zaytouneh.com.

In Augusta, Georgia, you can purchase all of these ingredients at Earth Fare on Fury’s Ferry Rd or Kashmir Bazaar on Bobby Jones Expressway. You can even substitute peanut butter for the tahini.

Option #2 is to purchase hummus brands which don’t support the Zionist movement in Palestine. Earth Fare carries Garden Fresh Naturals and Roots. Whole Foods at Washington Rd and I-20 carries Roots and Hope.

Option #3 is to purchase hummus from restaurants which make their own hummus, such as Shishkebab and Laziza in Evans, GA.

To learn more about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions as a tactic to support Palestinians’ human rights, visit bdsmovement.net. For more information related to hummus, visit Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights.

Hummus Tasting, Wed, Oct 22, 6:15pm

Some companies which sell hummus in the United States are also supporters of human rights violations.

On Wednesday, October 22, come to the Augusta Main Library at 823 Telfair St at 6:15 pm to sample hummus prepared by local chefs and learn how to make it yourself.

At 6:30 pm, we screen the award-winning documentary “A World Not Ours,” the third film in the POV Series.

If you want to make hummus yourself and bring it to the event, contact us.

GRU International Peace Day, Mon, Sep 22, 2:30-5:00 pm

International Peace Day was originated by the United Nations General Assembly in September 1981. To honor and commemorate this day, we ask any available students to join us in front of the JSAC to partake in the festivities. We will offer refreshments and provide information about several world citizens who have positively impacted the world.

Sponsored by Women’s Studies Student Association, Jaguar Production Crew and the CSRA Peace Alliance

Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:30– 5:00 PM, JSAC Patio

Download and distribute flyer. RSVP & Share on Facebook.

Barrow’s Voting Record Supports Endless War

The CSRA Peace Alliance first drafted its report entitled John Barrow’s Voting Record Enables Endless War on August 22, 2014.

Look for updates to this report in this blog entry. Its web address is http://barrowreport.csrapeace.org.

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Peace Vigil, Fri, Aug 22, 4:30pm

The CSRA Peace Alliance invites all who oppose military intervention in Iraq and US military support of Israel and Egypt to vigil at the intersection of 15th St and Walton Way from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014. We also call for lifting the siege on Palestinians in Gaza.

Then, at 6 pm, we are planning to take a picture of our group with its signs at Representative John Barrow’s office at 1129 Broad St. There, we intend to read a statement summarizing Mr. Barrow’s poor voting record on peace issues and inviting voters to scrutinize that record. Afterwards, a representative will present our statement and its accompanying report to Mr. Barrow.

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Broadcast of Film “A World not Ours” on Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

The PBS documentary film series POV is providing the film “A World not Ours” to affiliated stations.

Ain el-Helweh (literally “Sweet Spring”), set up in 1948, is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon with more than 70,000 people. During the first few years of the camp’s existence, its residents made a point of not building anything resembling a permanent structure, because to do so would have been an admission that there was a chance they were not returning home. … read more …

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