Articles by Debra Ellis

Debra is recently retired from University of California Santa Cruz. She received her MS from Florida State University in Counseling and Human Systems. She credits students, illegal U.S. military occupations, Palestinians, Iraqis, Native Americans, and a military family for awakening her to the plight of oppressed populations. She has engaged in extensive introspection, study and travel with her daughter Kali Rubaii to better understand violence, power, oppression, forgiveness and beauty. She has lived and worked in partnership with displaced families in Tibet, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Rwanda. Debra was one of many passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, who attempted to break Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza. The principles that lead the U.S. to violate human beings are destroying nature, thus ourselves. Debra works to develop multi-generational reparation, learning from those we’ve oppressed, how to shift death culture to life culture. She is a co-founder of ISLAH ( an organization designed for those who feel they were/are complicit in war, occupation, and displacement and who want to take responsibility for harm committed in their name.

One Boat From Gaza-Bound Flotilla Expected To Reach Coastline In Next Two Days

Israeli army says it is gathering intelligence and preparing to stop any boats. The organizers of an international flotilla looking to break the maritime blockade of Gaza predicted that one of its boats will reach the Gaza coastline Sunday evening or Monday morning. Swedish vessel the Marianne is currently in international waters heading toward Gaza, … Continue reading One Boat From Gaza-Bound Flotilla Expected To Reach Coastline In Next Two Days

Unstoppable Growth Of Israeli Settlements

The unstoppable growth of Israel’s settlements, widely considered illegal under international law continues. Inigo Gilmore looks at the country’s ultranationalist religious right, emboldened by recent election results, and increasingly divided from its secular left. Israeli Settlements Out of Control This was first published at Channel 4.

Freedom Flotilla III Sets Sail: #NextPortGaza

Freedom Flotilla III sets sail: #NextPortGaza Today, June 27th 2015 (4 am in Gaza), four boats of the 2015 the Freedom Flotilla III set sail from their final European points of departure. Through nonviolent resistance they will challenge the illegal blockade of the Palestinian Gaza strip, which is running on its 9th year, sailing as … Continue reading Freedom Flotilla III Sets Sail: #NextPortGaza

Congressman Farr: Justifying Violence Through Trade

Introduction Below is Congressman Sam Farr's response to constituents who actively appose passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA.) They understand, in spite of Farr's claim, that this bill supports corporate interest not California jobs, safe food, and the environment. Furthermore, his position places him in clear opposition to international, human rights law by legitimizes the … Continue reading Congressman Farr: Justifying Violence Through Trade

Stephen Zunes: Farr Backs Trade Bill Supporting Occupation, Settlements

Monterey Bay-area peace and human rights activists are expressing dismay that Rep. Sam Farr was one of only 28 Democrats to support a trade bill that for the first time formally defines “Israel” as including Palestinian and Syrian territories seized by Israeli forces recognized by the international community as under foreign belligerent occupation. Part of … Continue reading Stephen Zunes: Farr Backs Trade Bill Supporting Occupation, Settlements

#FreedomFlotilla Sets Sail; Urge Kerry to Oppose Attack

Freedom Flotilla III Minutes ago, international peace advocates aboard the Freedom Flotilla III announced their departure from European ports to the port of Gaza via international waters, to protest the illegal blockade of 1.8 million human beings in Gaza. [1] Former US Army Col. Ann Wright and USS Liberty veteran Joe Meadors are on board. … Continue reading #FreedomFlotilla Sets Sail; Urge Kerry to Oppose Attack

Mapping Militarism

World Beyond War has created a set of online interactive maps to help us all see where and how war and preparations for war exist in the world today. Included are wars, troops, weapons shipments, military spending, particular weapons, and respect for the rule of law. You can find the maps we’ve created thus far … Continue reading Mapping Militarism

World Beyond Wars: Sign A Declaration Of Peace To End All Wars

Cognitive Liberty is proud to partner with World Beyond Wars in advocating an end to all war as we reinvest in life rather than death and destruction. By signing World Without Wars Declaration of Peace, you will increase our ability to advocate for an end to all war. Declaration of Peace I understand that wars … Continue reading World Beyond Wars: Sign A Declaration Of Peace To End All Wars

Dressing Fascism In Skirts

“Trust is central to an economy that works.” ~ Stephen Covey In the late 1990’s, I conducted a deep analysis of control techniques in the United States. From my analysis I was able to conclude that the single most important technique for controlling a population was to turn men and women against each other. When … Continue reading Dressing Fascism In Skirts

In Wyoming it’s now illegal to collect data about pollution

A new Wyoming law expands on the “ag-gag” trend of criminalizing whistleblowers in a new way: making it illegal for citizens to gather data about environmental pollution. Wyoming’s Senate Bill 12, or the “Data Trespassing Bill” as it’s being called, criminalizes the collection of “resource data.” It defines collection as “to take a sample of … Continue reading In Wyoming it’s now illegal to collect data about pollution