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.

Activists Infiltrated Top U.S. Nuclear Site, Exposing Dangers & Urging Peace

How an 85-Year-Old Nun, Activists Infiltrated Top U.S. Nuclear Site, Exposing Dangers & Urging Peace Three peace activists who infiltrated a nuclear weapons site have been freed from prison after their convictions were overturned. In 2012, the self-described Transform Now Plowshares broke into the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Known as the "Fort … Continue reading Activists Infiltrated Top U.S. Nuclear Site, Exposing Dangers & Urging Peace

The Betrayal of Student Activism?

The University of California, Santa Cruz, was established in 1965 and has long been known for its radicalism. But officials’ reaction to a recent protest against tuition hikes suggests that times have changed. Santa Cruz is a sleepy college town nestled at the base of a mountain range on California’s Central Coast. Recently, the city, … Continue reading The Betrayal of Student Activism?

Boots On The Ground: Stand Up With Us

The US Senate: Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF Petition Update BOOTS ON THE GROUND Apr 27, 2015 — On May 1st, 2015, a protest will take place at the Infectious Diseases Society of America headquarters in Arlington, Virgina, headed by nonprofit The Mayday Project. Send a pair of shoes … Continue reading Boots On The Ground: Stand Up With Us

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

IJAN Opposes SCR 35 On April 29th, the California Senate will vote on SCR 35, dubbed the "Anti-Semitism" bill. This bill would "condemn any act of anti-Semitism augmenting education programs at all publicly funded schools in the State of California." On it's surface, this bill may seem inocuous. However, it is a part of a … Continue reading International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

Criticizing Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism

Many black, Arab, gay and other students who experience daily acts of racist violence and blatant discrimination will be aghast at Tammi Rossman-Benjamin’s opening declaration in a recent Viewpoints article (“Jewish students need more protection on California campuses,” April 10) that “Jewish students are the single most vulnerable minority” at the state’s universities. As a … Continue reading Criticizing Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism

Italians Blow The Chemtrail Lid Off ‘Secret War’

A new Italian film, Chemtrails: The secret war has been released showing a disturbing covert military agenda behind the sinister phenomenon, one that according to evidence presented includes far more than weather manipulation for “climate change.” “Let’s stand up and defend our rights!” say Italian filmmakers Antonio and Rosario Marciano. The Marcianos, of the Italian … Continue reading Italians Blow The Chemtrail Lid Off ‘Secret War’

Chemical Industries: Increasing An Already Chemically Saturated Environment

Sign the petition: Stop Senate Democrats from supporting the sham chemical safety bill. Senate Democrats: “The Udall-Vitter chemical safety bill is a giveaway to the chemical industry that would stop states from protecting their residents from toxic chemicals. Reject this dangerous, industry-sellout bill.” Our main chemical safety law – the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act … Continue reading Chemical Industries: Increasing An Already Chemically Saturated Environment

Lullaby For Pilots

Yonatan Shapiro 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 … Continue reading Lullaby For Pilots

Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

The final stretch. Four days to elections, and everything is still hanging in the balance, and nothing has yet been decided. Will Binyamin Netanyahu fall or remain in power? Will a new government be established in Israel, or will it not? And if a new government does come about, will it bring about a significant … Continue reading Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East

Introduction by Tom Engelhardt Talk of an oil glut and a potential further price drop seems to be growing. The cost of a barrel of crude now sits at just under $60, only a little more than half what it was at its most recent peak in June 2014. Meanwhile, under a barrel of woes, … Continue reading Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East