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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 (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.

Cash, Weapons And Surveillance: The U.S. Is A Key Party To Every Israeli Attack

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

PARTNERS IN CRIME (WAR CRIMES) The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable…more »

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Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal

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Washington — In Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step…more »

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No City Police Needs An Armored Tank: Demilitarize U.S. Police

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Take Action Today! Help Paul Hogarth, collect the needed signatures for change through Daily Kos. Sign the petition urging all local governments to follow the example of Davis, California—and tell their police to dump its military equipment. Some of the most disturbing footage to come from Ferguson, Missouri involved the armored vehicles, assault weapons and…more »

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Return To Sender: Davis City Council Gives Police 60 Days To Dispose Of Military Armored Vehicle

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The Davis Police Department has 60 days to get rid of a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) that it recently received from the federal government. Amidst mounting concerns over the increasing “militarization” of local police forces, the Davis City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday, asking staff to devise a plan for the vehicle’s disposal. The…more »

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American Mom: What I Tell Them

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I started this poem a week or two into Israel’s war on Gaza. Given our country’s renewed march to war in Iraq and Syria, and all the children who will, inevitably, die in the coming weeks and months and years from our weapons, it remains all the more relevant. What I Tell Them I sit…more »

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Ken O’Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not: U.S. False Flag Operation

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People around the world are beginning again to think for themselves… Ken O’Keefe, lays it out perfectly on dinosaur mainstream media, calling out the fraud, the most recent U.S. false flag operation, and the true reason behind Obama’s proclamation of war. Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe is an Irish-Palestinian citizen and activist and former United States Marine…more »

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Obama Tells The Nation That America Is Going Back To War In Iraq

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The United States is headed back to war in Iraq, but it won’t be the type of war waged during President George W. Bush’s time in office. As President Barack Obama told the nation in a televised 15-minute address given on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, there won’t be any…more »

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Replacing The Peace Process With A Civil Rights Struggle

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What would happen if Israeli progressives and their supporters demanded an end to the military court system, or called for freedom of movement for Palestinians? The answer: a lot. The two-state solution has long been transformed from a means (to solving the problem of the occupation) to an end. As I wrote here in the…more »

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Stop Violent Intervention In Iraq and Syria

”Some atrocities are not past but present.  Those of us who are lucky in living elsewhere should not be inhibited from thinking about them. Victims painfully narrated their experiences so that we may understand.  Often times they do this in the belief that, if the world hears, there will be an outcry an something will be done.”                           ~ Daniel Glover

Updated to include Syria September 11, 2014 Take Action Today! Sing the Petition Below! Please become a signatory on this letter opposing violent intervention in Iraq and Syria. Those of us who are lucky in living elsewhere should not be inhibited from thinking about them. Victims painfully narrated their experiences so that we may understand….more »

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Vancouver Canada Blocks Israeli Container Ship Zim Djibouti

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Vancouver Canada Blocks Israeli Ship: Tremendous Victory In a four-day standoff pitting human rights groups and organized labor against Israeli shipping giant Zim, the giant was defeated today in Vancouver, Canada. The huge container ship Zim Djibouti first docked at the high-tech Deltaport facility on September 5, only to discover that the workers had agreed…more »

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