Author Archives: Debra Ellis

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 (http://www.reparations.org/) 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.

Torture And International Law

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Torture and International Law Chapter II in: Kahn, P., Sacred violence, torture, terror and sovereignty (pp. 42-69). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2008. Paul Kahn is Professor of Law and the Humanities at the Yale Law School and Director of Yale’s Center for International Human Rights, teaching constitutional law and theory, international law,…more »

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Urgent Phone Call: Demand Congressional Investigation of CDC, IDSA and ALDF

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Urgent Action December 1st, 2nd, or 3rd! Help patients with Tick Born Illness, yourself and your families! Please place a call and signing the petition. Find a phone number below that isn’t busy and leave the unified message below…… Representative Chris Gibson’s phone numbers: (voicemail is available in all locations 24×7) Washington DC office (202)…more »

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Calling For A Congressional Investigation Of The CDC, IDSA And ALDF

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Take Action Today! End a Public Health Crisis! Sign the petition to protect yourself and others from being improperly tested, misdiagnosed, and untreated (or under treated)for tick born illness and place a 2-minute call. Petitioning The US House of Representatives and 8 others This petition will be delivered to: United States Senator for Connecticut The…more »

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UN Torture Watchdog Urges US To Crack Down On Police Brutality

Activists hold hands during a silent protest at a hearing of the United States at the Committee against Torture at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

U.N. Committee against Torture The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly. The panel’s first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across…more »

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In Defense Of Looting

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For most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. As protests in Ferguson continued unabated one week after the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., zones of Twitter and the left media predominantly sympathetic to the protesters began angrily criticizing looters. Some claimed that white protesters were the…more »

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Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties

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“A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.” ~ Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The end of Literacy and the…more »

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Enter The CIA Torture Report Into The Congressional Record

Sign the petition: Enter the CIA torture report into the Congressional Record The Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture report” is expected to detail shocking abuse of prisoners at the hands of the CIA during the Bush administration, and even possible CIA lying to Congress. But seven months after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted overwhelmingly to release…more »

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Oakland Activists Lockdown U.S. Fed Court to #FreeRasmeaNow

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ACTIVISTS LOCKDOWN US FEDERAL COURT IN SUPPORT OF TORTURED CHICAGO COMMUNITY LEADER Oakland Rallies Against Conviction of Palestinian Organizer Press Contact: Lara Kiswani: 530.220.2842 (Oakland), Hatem Abudayyeh 773.301.4108 (Detroit) Where: Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building When: 7am – Wednesday, Nov 12 Oakland – Activists with the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee have chained themselves to…more »

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Israel Shuts Dr Gilbert Out From Gaza For Life

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Physician Banned For Security Reasons – Saving Lives A Norwegian doctor, Mads Gilbert, has been hit with a lifetime ban from entering Gaza by the Israeli government. Israeli authorities cited security reasons for shutting Doctor Gilbert out from the Gaza Strip. The Norwegian 67-year-old has travelled to and from Gaza to treat Palestinians. This summer,…more »

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Sign the United Nations Resolution on Depleted Uranium Weapons

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Please sign the petition which will be delivered to: Secretary of State John Kerry (Secretary of State) (Secretary of State) Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond MP I served in the Parachute Regiment and the Special Air Service for eight years. I have spoken out about the reality of the war in Iraq on numerous occasions since…more »

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