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.

The Border Patrol is Getting Away with Murder

Update (6/1/2016): Six years after Anastasio Hernández Rojas’ death, there sadly remains no accountability for his brutal killing. In November 2015, the Department of Justice declined to bring criminal charges against any of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel involved in his death. More than six months later, CBP has not announced any administrative … Continue reading The Border Patrol is Getting Away with Murder

Palestine And Hillary, 'The Lesser Evil'

Lesser Evilism In the United States presidential race, we have officially entered into the moment of lesser evilism, which demands grudging support of the unappealing Democratic candidate in order to prevent the election of an even more deplorable Republican. Few things inspire such acrimonious debate among liberals and leftists. Rather than rehearsing the usual (and … Continue reading Palestine And Hillary, 'The Lesser Evil'

NLRB Confirms Legality of Union Support for Boycott of Israel; Union Condemns Political Attacks on BDS

July 24, 2016 - For Immediate Release Media Contacts Peter Knowlton, UE General President, 774-264-0110 Al Hart, UE News Managing Editor, alan.hart@ueunion.org, 419-450-6994 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reaffirmed its dismissal an unfair labor practice charge brought by an Israeli law firm against a U.S.union, the United Electrical Workers, over its support of … Continue reading NLRB Confirms Legality of Union Support for Boycott of Israel; Union Condemns Political Attacks on BDS

Democrats try to bury Palestine in middle of the night

In the early morning hours of 25 June, while many Americans were asleep, Hillary Clinton allies on the Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee blocked a motion that called for an end to Israel’s military occupation and illegal settlement enterprise. The vote came after several grueling hours of bickering between members named to the committee by … Continue reading Democrats try to bury Palestine in middle of the night

Right To Cure: Lyme Disease Patient Goes On Hunger Strike

Please sign and share the petition to raise awareness and stop the World Wide Epidemic of Lyme Disease and other Tick Born Pathogens. SEE ENGLISH TRANSLATION BELOW Grève de la faim Matthias Lacoste, père de deux enfants de 4 ans et 20 mois, a décidé d’arrêter de s’alimenter et stopper l’ensemble de ses traitements depuis … Continue reading Right To Cure: Lyme Disease Patient Goes On Hunger Strike

Women's Boat To Gaza To Break The Illegal Israeli Siege

Women's Boat to Gaza The National Committee for Breaking the Siege held a sit-in Tuesday in support of the "Women's Boat to Gaza" anti-siege mission. Noor Harazeen has more on this from Gaza: For more information about this upcoming journey see the Women's Boat to Gaza home page.

In Israel, BDS Is Winning

In Israel, BDS is Winning The first ever anti-BDS conference in Israel brought together politicians of all stripes to show their commitment to the fight against boycotts. In doing so, however, they showed just how effective the boycott movement really is. Israel’s best selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, and its online platform Ynet, hosted a conference … Continue reading In Israel, BDS Is Winning

Let Hedy Epstein Speak Her Truth

February 22, 2015 Dear Ms. Heather Wokusch and the Austrian Parliament, I am writing as a U.S. citizen who learned of your extension, followed by your retraction of an invitation to Hedy Epstein, to speak at the conference, ‘In Grandmother’s Words: The Fate of Women in the Second World War.’: I am aware she graciously … Continue reading Let Hedy Epstein Speak Her Truth

An Open Letter to the Austrian Media

'Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.' ~ United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Overview We request that the Austrian media take responsibility to report with … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Austrian Media

Israeli War Crimes: ‘In An Endless War On Terror, We Are All Doomed To Become Palestinians’

Review of Jeff Halper's Book Halper’s new book sheds light on the arms industry, arguing that Israel is now the go-to nation for armies and police forces around the world. For 18 years Jeff Halper has been on the front lines of the Israel-Palestine conflict, helping to rebuild Palestinian homes in the occupied territories demolished … Continue reading Israeli War Crimes: ‘In An Endless War On Terror, We Are All Doomed To Become Palestinians’