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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.

Life, Death, and Beauty

Feminine beauty couples with the reminder that life is short and death is our next companion. Please help spread the word.

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Lawsuit Spotlights U.S. Charities That Fund Israel’s Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

UC and the Bomb
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“Laws prohibit U.S. foreign aid to nuclear weapons states such as Israel that are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty” WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 The following is being released by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy: A federal lawsuit seeks immediate release of a closely held government report about how American branches of…more »

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Witnesses Report Excessive Use Of Force By SCPD During Arrest Near Court House

Two Santa Cruz Police Department grenadiers. That is SCPD Lieutenant Dan Flippo in between them, and to the right is a Santa Cruz Sheriff's deputy (with a taser).

Witnesses to the recent tasing and arrest of a man in Santa Cruz describe the incident differently from the account communicated by police through the reporting of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Individuals on the scene report excessive force was used when officers with the SCPD arrested Oliver Howard near the Court House on Water Street…more »

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Why Activists Are Blocking an Israeli Ship From Docking on the West Coast

Photo by Block the Boat

A coordinated “Block the Boat” solidarity action will leave Israel looking elsewhere to unload its goods. Amidst the terror Israel has unleashed on Gaza, activists on the West Coast have organized a Palestinian solidarity action that is not only politically symbolic, but economically hits Israel where it hurts. Starting Saturday, activists in Oakland, Los Angeles…more »

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Block The Boat for Palestine!

Zim Not Welcome on California Coast

October 28, 2014 UPDATE: Bay Area Community’s Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic. Members of ILWU Local 10 informed Block the Boat organizers that the Zim…more »

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In UN Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky at the U.N. General Assembly As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces plans to set up an investigation into the attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel’s recent assault on the Gaza Strip, we broadcast the speech of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly…more »

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Stonewalled In Jerusalem

Stonewalled in Jerusalem

Sculptural Installation What you see in the image above is a 10 ft. x 4 ft x 5in. photo-based interactive sculptural installation depicting Sara Friedlander’s reflections on the situation in Israel/Palestine. Her exhibition, “Stonewalled in Jerusalem: A Gateway to Dialogue,” is currently on display in Santa Cruz through Dec. 15th (details below). See close-ups of…more »

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7Hills Skatepark In Jordan: Creative Repair For Middle East Youth

Make Life ~ Skate Life

Project Vision 7Hills seeks to provide under-served youth in Jordan with an accessible outlet for socializing and physical activity, and support and expand the existing Jordanian skateboarding community, by constructing a free of charge, community-built skatepark in the city center of Amman. Background Skateboarding made its way to Jordan in 2002 and has since developed…more »

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UK Parliament Votes To Recognise Palestine

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Late last night, I joined MPs from all sides of the House of Commons to vote for the UK Government to immediately recognise Palestine as a sovereign state. I’m very pleased to say that MPs chose to recognise the state of Palestine by 274 votes for recognition to only 12 votes against recognition. I’m particularly…more »

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Israel War Profit: Palestine As Experimental Sites For Arms Dealers Backed By Intellectuals.

IDF tanks gather near Gaza Strip in preparation for a possible ground invasion. The Israeli government has authorized drafting 75,000 reservists for the next stages in the military campaign (photo: Actiestills)

War in Israel has become a constant source of profit, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip used as experimental sites for arms dealers backed up by intellectuals. These are the protagonists of ‘The Lab,’ a new film by Yotam Feldman. In its exceptional interviews, the film reveals that the image of the arms dealer…more »

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