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 (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.

We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

An estimated 2,300 Palestinians in Gaza were killed during the summer assault by Israel. Each one was a mother, father, brother, sister, friend or spouse to someone left behind, and their deep feeling of grieving and loss is still palpable – almost like the phantom pain after the amputation of an arm or leg. Yet … Continue reading We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

New Tick Born Virus Causes Man's Death

The CDC has discovered a new virus that may have contributed to a Kansas man's death, the agency announced Friday. Named the Bourbon virus after the county where the patient lived, the virus is likely spread by tick or insect bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. A 50-year-old man suffered multiple tick … Continue reading New Tick Born Virus Causes Man's Death

Mahmoud Darwish: The Speech of the Red Indian

1 So, we are who we are, as the Mississippi flows, and what remains from yesterday is still ours-- but the color of the sky has changed, the sea to the East has changed. O white master, Lord of the horses, what do you want from those making their way to the night woods? Our … Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish: The Speech of the Red Indian

Turn Back The BearCat Congressman Farr: Stop Militarization Of SCPD

Sign the Petition Below Join in asking Congressman Farr to consistently appose militarization at home as well as abroad. Sign the petition asking him to rescind his request for a Homeland Security grant to purchase a Lencon Bearcat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) for the Santa Cruz Police Department. This procurement would be … Continue reading Turn Back The BearCat Congressman Farr: Stop Militarization Of SCPD

AIPAC Gnashing Their Teeth

 "I'm going to address Congress in Washington, not only as the Prime Minister of Israel but also on behalf of the entire Jewish People," declared Netanyahu, at one of the highlights of the intensifying public debate in Israel and the United States. J-Street, the left-wing American Jewish lobby, was quick to respond with a … Continue reading AIPAC Gnashing Their Teeth

Akalá: Uncle Pompous

Akala began his career as a grime artist, but has moved away from the genre over time and has become a conscientious hip-hop artist, with many tracks containing heavily researched historical facts and deep messages. Akala's lyrics focus upon social class struggle, social conditioning and alienation among the disenfranchised. About the Author: Kingslee James Daley … Continue reading Akalá: Uncle Pompous

Lost Words, Lost Creatures: Nature Disappearing From Dictionary

Words are a reflection of society. Removing them from our books, removes them from our minds. Removing them from our minds removes them from our experience. In so doing we lose a piece of ourselves ~ Debra Ellis In the beginning was the Word," reads the Christian Gospel according to John -- just one example … Continue reading Lost Words, Lost Creatures: Nature Disappearing From Dictionary

I Was “Part Of A Terror Organization,” Says Israeli Pilot Turned Activist

Yonatan Shapira was born on an Israeli military base the year before his father flew fighter jets in the October War of 1973. Thirty years later, twelve of them spent as an air force pilot himself, Shapira rejected the military. In 2003, he wrote a letter, pledging not to fly over the occupied West Bank … Continue reading I Was “Part Of A Terror Organization,” Says Israeli Pilot Turned Activist

Save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction

To: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Please sign the petition to protect our monarch butterflies! The monarch butterfly population has decreased more than 90% over the last 20 years and there is substantial evidence to show that this is due to the application of toxic herbicides sprayed on genetically engineered crops. The monarch butterfly is … Continue reading Save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction

Alice Walker Declines Request To Publish Israeli Edition Of The Color Purple

Introduction This article, first published in 2012, is being re-posted per request. Alice Walker's voice is never dated and her stand for justice has become a model for numerous artists, authors, and musicians. Thank you Alice Walker for leading the way! ~ Cognitive Liberty Pulitzer prize-winning author cites 'apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people' … Continue reading Alice Walker Declines Request To Publish Israeli Edition Of The Color Purple