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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.

Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties


Chris Hedges with civil rights attorney Daniel Sheehan and Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry. National Defense Authorization Act On December 31st, 2011, President Obama signed the 2012 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). Sections 1021 and 1022 authorize the indefinite military detention, without charge or trial, of anyone, including American citizens, on U.S. soil. Santa…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

Henry Norr with fellow activists

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

Doctor Mads Gilbert. Photo by Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpi

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


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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Remembering Abdul Rahman Abu Oida, “Broken Bird”, A Beautiful Soul

Abdul Rahman Abu Oida, at the Wafa Rehabilitation hospital Photo by Eva Bartlett

I am very, very sorry to learn of the death of a stoic young Palestinian man, Abed Abu Oida, a result of years of suffering after being shot in the spine by a zionist mercenary sniper in eastern Jabaliya, March 2008. I met Abed in a Cairo hospital in mid 2008, where he was wasting…more »

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As Conditions Worsen In Gaza, Residents Ask: ‘Where Have All The Activists Gone?’

Palestinians take cover from rain inside a makeshift shelter near the ruins of their houses east of Gaza City, October 19, 2014.  Photo by Reuters

I have always thought that those who resort to violence or those who go as far as exploding themselves are sick and inhuman. But now I know how it feels to have nothing to lose but your worthless life. I know how it feels to be so desperate that you literally cry from disappointment when…more »

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Attacked By Israel: USS Liberty 1967, Mavi Marmara 2010

USS LIberty cover up

USS Liberty attacked by Israel in 1967 To learn more and hear the audio report of Al Jazeera’s special investigation into the Israeli attack on the Liberty see Al Jazeera special series. Past behavior of a person, state, or entity is a predictor of future behavior of that person, state, or entity. Freedom Flotilla, Mavi…more »

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Unionizing Solidarity With Palestine: Support Grows For BDS Among Grassroots Labor Movement

Block the Boat march in Oakland. Photo by Bob Ristelhueber

University of California Campuses In Support Of UAW2865’s December 4 BDS Vote Please join and forward this week’s events on University of California campuses in support of UAW2865’s December 4 BDS vote, and an excellent new background article by UAW2865 members. Monday, Nov. 10 UCSD: 2:30pm: BDS, Palestine, and the Labor and Student Movements UCSC:…more »

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I Won’t Let You Down


An EPIC new music video from OK Go An EPIC new music video from OK Go featuring hundreds of choreographed umbrella-weilding dancers. Only four months after their music video for the “The Writing’s on the Wall” filled with optical illusions, OK Go are back with yet another meticulously choreographed dance video for “I Won’t Let…more »

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